Bringing farming closer to us; The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has launched nine sites at the rooftops of Housing & Development Board (HDB) multi-storey carparks (MSCP) for rental by public tender. The sites shall be used to farm vegetables and other food crops, as well as for other related purposes, such as the packing/storage of produce. Some of you may soon get to enjoy lush views of locally-grown veggies from your HDB flats!
Availing more spaces in land-constrained Singapore for commercial farming, including alternative spaces like HDB MSCP rooftops, is one of the strategies SFA hasbeen undertaking to achieve Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal, which is to produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally by 2030. The move is also in line with HDB’s Green Towns Programme to intensify greening in HDB estates.
“We are heartened by the growing interest from both the industry and the public towards urban farming in community spaces, following the launch of our pilot MSCP rooftop farm, Citiponics, in Ang Mo Kio last year,” said Mr Melvin Chow, Senior Directorof SFA’s Food Supply Resilience Division. “Residents in the area have been able toenjoy fresh produce from the farm at nearby supermarkets, and can witness first-hand the hard work involved in bringing our food from farm-to-fork. We hope that consumers will continue to show their appreciation for our local farms by buying their produce.”
Situated close to the hill forest at Telok Blangah Hill Park, the Therapeutic Garden embraces the tranquillity of its natural setting. The lush greenery all around the garden creates a restorative environment to engage the senses and to uplift both mental and emotional well-being while serving as complementary habitat for native biodiversity.
The new therapeutic garden features several new elements that leverage Telok Blangah Hill Park’s natural forest setting. Some of these elements include fruit tree espaliers, planting of lesser-known forest species with therapeutic effects and a 40m long viewing deck which offers an unobstructed, mid-canopy view of the forest. This therapeutic garden is one of the 30 therapeutic gardens which NParks will establish across Singapore by 2030, as they work towards transforming Singapore into a City in Nature, bringing forth benefits to health and well-being through greenery. Its development and programmes are supported by a contribution of around $500,000 in total from Tote Board and Mr Peter Lim through the Garden City Fund.
With the support from Singapore Land Authority and Singapore Food Agency (SFA), Life3 Biotech is glad to announce the setup of Singapore’s first integrated agri-food pilot facility! It will house the production of Singapore’s first alternative protein, Veego, and serve as a showcase that integrates the Farm-to-Table concept for local production of sustainable alternative protein sources. Life3’s pilot facility will aid in boosting our local food production capabilities and more
Reality Bites. Now more than ever, it is crucial to have access to nutritious and sustainable sources of food. The world faces rapid population growth and deterioration from decades of unsustainable food production methods. But Life3 solutions aim to enable present and future generations to lead healthy lives, while supporting the health of Mother Earth.
Great World City is home to Hooga's newest store and they have everything HOOGA-LIC prepared for you to indulge in yourself and the people that you love. From your bedroom to the bathroom, from the dining room to the living room, from the knick knacks to the occasional furniture. Be spoilt for choices when you shop at Hooga for your home.
Hooga (pronounced hue-guh) is a concept of living derived from the Danish word “hygge”. But what is the meaning of hygge? The hygge concept cannot be translated to one single word but it encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. With so many cold, dark days during the winter month, the Danes incorporate hygge into their daily life to create a wonderfully warm and cosy atmosphere.
Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment. It’s about sitting by the fire with a mug of cocoa, enjoying the company of your loved ones or waking up on a chilly morning, reading a book while you’re all wrapped up in a blanket.
When it comes to embracing the concept, it’s always about creating a warm and cosy atmosphere. Candles, lamps, and fireplaces are among the common uses of lighting. It is common in Scandinavian decor to find candles scattered throughout the space or fairy lights draped across the mantle. Colour palette that is neutral contributes to an atmosphere of harmony and peace. Soft and fluffy textures are some of the key elements in the hygge concept. Think: fluffy pillows and soft rugs. There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with layers of blankets and pillows.
The Danish concept of hygge has spread its warmth across the world and has inspired and influenced their brand – Hooga.
If you live in or near Bukit Gombak and love gardening, you can apply for 70 allotment gardening plots at the new Bukit Gombak Park which will be opened in early 2020. Applications will be open for online application from 5 January 2020, 10am to 19 January 2020, 10pm. The park is located at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre. Plots will be allocated by computerised balloting.
To foster a love for gardening, NParks introduced the Allotment Gardening Scheme as part of their Community in Bloom (CIB) programme. CIB is a nationwide gardening movement which aims to bring together residents, young and old, in creating community gardens. With Allotment Gardens situated near HDB residential estates, these plots are widely accessible to the community. Today, more than 1,000 allotment gardening plots have been introduced in 11 parks islandwide.
Hooga is a home and living, lifestyle store that offers inspiring merchandise from bed linens to bedding accessories, bath to storage, lightings to occasional furniture, home décor and to all your dining needs.
At Hooga, it is about redefining your little pursuit of happiness and embracing life’s simple pleasure everyday.
Nestled in the middle of Singapore's CBD, The Garden Club at OUE Downtown Gallery is the perfect rooftop terrace getaway. With a fully renovated indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar, it's the best place to take your colleagues and clients for lunch or hang out with your friends after work.
Featuring a stunning rooftop setting, vivacious music, comprehensive food menu and strategic location, The Garden Club is set to be a swanky next “It” spot to let loose. Vegan options and plant-based alternatives paint the menu an overall healthier one but it's not all salads and sandwiches. Light bites present delectable options like Smoked Baby Corn seasoned with dukkah, lemongrass husk and aioli as well as Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms served with spinach tarragon puree, sun-dried tomatoes, snap peas and almonds. Mains are balanced and healthy with items like Beef Cheek Confit Fennel with a side of roasted potatoes and edible greens as well as Grilled Seabass served with tabbouleh, grapes and sesame tofu puree. Bar snacks are also reimagined with choices like Fried Curry Okra and Wild Herb Karaage to go with equally punchy and vibrant drinks. A good number of dishes are also made with ingredients sourced from its own rooftop garden!
The Garden Club is here to redefine “healthy” food as you know it, by turning up the fun and good times and cutting down on the guilt, all in a breezy rooftop setting dressed up with ample greenery and sprightly botanicals. Add live acoustic music and enticing Happy Hour promos and you’ve got the setting of the ideal party that’s good for body and soul! Its opening hours are as progressive as its offerings – come for coffee in the morning as well quick serve bowls for lunch. Tea time serves coffee, dessert, cocktails and more before things ease into an a la carte menu of food and drinks for dinner. Stay the night with drinks and cocktails after that. It’s open throughout the day from 9am onwards, with something for everyone.
Green up your living or working space with a low-maintenance terrarium that you can easily put together at The Green Capsule.
Located at Funan, The Green Capsule is founded in 2014 by two green enthusiasts. Together, they want to bring their love for greening to new heights. They aim to be one of the first garden shops to provide customizable and sustainable gifts.
It is specially designed with features that bring about restorative effects to our mental well-being and relieve stress. The garden includes edible and fragrant plants, a calming water feature and is wheelchair-friendly.
Threpeautic Garden at Choa Chu Kang Park is the first of its kind in the western part of Singapore. There are three other such gardens at HortPark, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Tiong Bahru Park. Two more will be opened by the first quarter of 2019, bringing the total to six around the island.
Looking for a space to nurture your green fingers? NParks provides allotment gardening plots at various parks for anyone who wishes to have their own space to garden.
Allotment gardens offer plots of land to individuals to rent for growing their own plants. Following the initial success of the pilot scheme at HortPark, new allotment gardening plots will be introduced in 10 more parks islandwide over the next two years. By 2019, more than 1,000 allotment garden plots will be available to the community.
Each allotment plot consists of a 2.5 m x 1 m raised planter bed, and can be leased for three years at a charge of $57/year (excluding GST).
Three historical gardens will be recreated as part of efforts to restore the rich heritage of Fort Canning Park and its surroundings. The three gardens within and around Fort Canning Park make up the heritage landscapes of Fort Canning Hill, and include Singapore’s first botanic garden. The National Parks Board (NParks) will create these gardens as part of sensitive enhancements to Fort Canning Park to emphasise Fort Canning’s historical features. Enhancements will be accompanied by the introduction of a greater variety of education and outreach programmes, and enhanced accessibility to the park.
Fort Canning Centre will also be repurposed as a gallery for visitors to learn more about the history of the hill and its surroundings. Members of the public are invited to volunteer at park programmes and give suggestions on the upcoming enhancements.
As one of Singapore’s two National Parks, Fort Canning Park is deeply rooted in history, from the time of the 14th century kings to the founding of modern Singapore. The enhancements will highlight the significance of Fort Canning Hill and retrace the history of Singapore across the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The heritage landscapes of Fort Canning Hill and its surroundings will be restored and weaved seamlessly into Fort Canning Park with the creation of three gardens, namely the Royal Garden, the First Botanic Garden, and Jubilee Park.
The First Botanic Garden, which was established by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822 to also serve as an experimental garden, will extend from Fort Canning Park onto the streetscapes of roads bounded by Hill Street, Victoria Street, Bras Basah Road, Handy Road and Canning Rise. As part of the First Botanic Garden, a large part of Armenian Street will be pedestrianised and turned into a park featuring plants that were introduced as economic crops for the spice trade, food and horticulture. Economic crops such as nutmeg were cultivated in the First Botanic Garden before they were propagated across Singapore in the 1800s. The new park at Armenian Street is part of a multi-agency effort by URA, NParks, PUB, LTA, NHB and NAC in close collaboration with stakeholders within the vicinity to create new vibrant public spaces that visitors can enjoy. The new park at Armenian Street and wider sidewalks along Coleman Street will also enable visitors to walk comfortably from Armenian Street to Civic District, linking Fort Canning Park, Bras Basah.Bugis and the Civic District together into an expanded arts, cultural and heritage district.
NParks is also planning a greater variety of education and outreach programmes, including re-curation of existing heritage trails of the 14th and 19th centuries. These trails will be enhanced to interpret the rich history of Fort Canning Park and feature new nodes. The 14th century trail will feature the Forbidden Spring or Pancur Laranganwhich is believed to be the bathing site of the royals. The refreshed 19th century trail will feature the restored Raffles Garden and Farquhar Garden, which will showcase plants collected and documented by Sir Stamford Raffles and Singapore’s First Resident William Farquhar through their botanical explorations.
“Jubilee Park” will be restored where the King George V Jubilee Park was originally located at the junction of River Valley Road and Clemenceau Avenue. The park will avail more outdoor family-friendly venues for arts and culture activities in a garden setting. New amenities will include play features, a landscaped theatre and an event lawn.
Find out more about this restoration project here.
The Therapeutic Garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is situated near the pond gardens and was launched on 19 September 2017.
Therapeutic Gardens are outdoor gardens designed to meet the physical, psychological and social needs of park users, incorporating design principles derived from scientific evidence.
Together with therapeutic horticulture programmes involving plants and nature, visitors can experience a range of health benefits such as the relief of mental fatigue, reduced stress and an overall improvement to emotional well-being.
The garden is specially designed to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into four zones: Fragrance zone, Biodiversity zone, Edibles and Medicinal zone and Colours and Textures zone.
The 900sqm Therapeutic Garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park has design elements and user-friendly features to meet the needs of the elderly, including those with conditions such as dementia. It also provides respite for visitors of all ages.
The greenery and sensory aspects in the garden will provide visitors with a rehabilitative environment, providing relief from attention fatigue and stress. This is complemented by an outdoor activity area where therapeutic horticulture programmes will be carried out. Each session is about 1.5 hours and the activities are designed to stimulate participants’ senses and memories through nature interaction, and to encourage motor and hand-eye coordination.
Located near various eldercare and senior activity centres, the 750sqm Therapeutic Garden @ Tiong Bahru Park is designed to be elderly-friendly. It provides a holistic rehabilitative environment for conditions including dementia. The Garden also helps to relieve stress and brings restorative effects to the mental well-being of visitors of all ages.
The design elements in Therapeutic Garden @ Tiong Bahru Park are similar to the garden in HortPark. It has a simple and clear garden layout, seats facing different directions to provide various views, and the profusion of plants with colour, texture and scents to stimulate the senses. An area specifically designed for gardening with customised benches for potting makes it more convenient for the elderly and wheelchair users to participate in gardening, which improves their health and mental well-being.
The Garden also has raised planter beds of two heights to cater to different groups of visitors. The raised planter beds at a lower height encourages wheelchair users to interact with plants and flowers, while the taller raised planter beds enables seniors who have difficulty bending to do gardening while standing.
A rich variety of plants has been arranged in different zones to evoke visitors’ senses as they move along the pathway.
With more than 100 species of native plants on-site, the enhanced Native Garden @ HortPark by The National Parks Board (NParks) has the highest concentration of native plants, including edibles, shrubs and trees, in a single location in Singapore.
The Garden aims to promote the use of native plants in gardens and will provide visitors with a wealth of information on their uses (for food, medicine and timber), how they support native fauna, how they can be used in landscapes, and how to grow them.
The Native Garden features different landscapes that showcase native plants in their various natural habitats, and demonstrates how native plant species can be effectively used for urban landscaping. Aiming to provide an immersive experience, visitors will be able to see the Lasia spinosa in its native aquatic habitat, and the Lumnitzera littorea in its native mangrove habitat. These landscapes also provide habitats for fauna. In the rainforest zone, the running water from a man-made stream and the use of a combination of logs and rocks help to mimic a rainforest habitat conducive for insects, small mammals, reptiles and birds.
Visitors will also be able to explore the five zones where plants are categorised based on how they are used – as medicine, food, timber or to enhance habitats for birds and butterflies. Rare species such as the Nephelium maingayi, which has edible fruits that resemble hairless rambutans and taste like rambutans, can be found in the Food Zone, while the Knema globularia, which is found in the Bird Zone, has fruits that are eaten by the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
This project marks another step towards water sustainability. When completed in 2020, it will produce up to 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water per day.
Leveraging its close proximity to the sea and reservoir to enhance water supply resilience, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant is poised to be a lush green gem along the Eastern Park Connector Network with its innovative design.
Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (Keppel Infrastructure) and PUB, Singapore's national water agency, have unveiled the innovative design of the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant, Singapore's fourth desalination plant, at its groundbreaking ceremony conducted recently at the Marina Barrage.
The first of its kind in Singapore, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant will be a large-scale dual-mode desalination plant in Singapore that can treat both seawater and freshwater. Depending on wet or dry weather conditions, water is channelled either from the Marina Reservoir or the sea to the plant, where it will be treated.
The plant also achieves multiple uses of land, with underground treatment facilities and 20,000 square metres (sqm) of open green space on the rooftop for community recreation.
All of the plant's water treatment equipment will be located underground, topped off by a gently sloping green lawn as its roof.
The desalination plant will also incorporate environmentally friendly features such as rainwater harvesting. Rainwater collected will be used to irrigate the green roof and support the facility's water features and landscaping needs.
The fifth NEWater plant located at Changi has launched yesterday. The plant spans 49,000 sq m, and produces enough water to fill 92 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
NEWater, a pillar of Singapore's water sustainability strategy, is high-grade reclaimed water. Produced from treated used water that is further purified using advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection, it is ultra-clean and safe to drink. With the opening of this fifth plant (jointly developed by a foreign and a local company), Singapore's NEWater capacity increased from 30 to 40 per cent of the Republic's water demand of 430 million gallons per day.
Home lifestyle destination, HomesToLife, from Singapore-based leather tanner and sofa manufacturer HTL International, is set to open a new flagship store.
The new HomesToLife flagship store is a one-stop shop solution which provides a special curation of home lifestyle brands and collections all under one roof. With a portfolio exceeding 20 International living, dining and bedding brands, consumers are guaranteed to find products that fit their style and purchasing power as well as almost everything they need in their home.
HomesToLife has been designed aiming to change the experience of furniture shopping to make it beyond a buying process, rather, a process of discovery.
Supermama is many things at once – a store, an artist residency studio, a platform for designers, a space for people to escape to – but it is at its core a labor of love.
The independent purveyor of all-things quirky and local has come a long way from it's hole-in-the-wall digs in a rickety shophouse and now, they have opened their second outlet at the Esplanade Mall, with another launch at Beach Road come March.
The goods sold here are pretty similar to its flagship at the Singapore Art Museum, so you'll still find home decor items and the store's signature ceramic ware featuring graphics of Singapore icons.
Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 with a quest to create a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body. They are committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy – particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties.
They value all human endeavours undertaken with intellectual rigour, vision and a nod to the whimsical. Every Aesop product is made with the same attention to detail they believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration a diversity of needs as well as seasonal and environmental conditions.
They advocate the use of their formulations as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine and a regular dose of stimulating literature.
At Soap Stories they believe every scent tell a unique story that is brought to life by those who use their product. Beginning as a passion started up by one couple whose passion was to bring ethically sound and organically grown handmade soaps to the public, soap stories is now a worldwide provider of skincare products.
A division of ERA Ageless Future, has been a pioneer in the organic skincare market for the past decade. Using their exclusive formula of vitamin rich oils and organic plant based materials, Soap Stories has achieved a sustainable and eco-friendly product that is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. At Soap Stories, they are committed to offering the best product possible in the most natural way. All of their products are paraben free, organic, and cruelty free. Rooted in the heart of Amsterdam their products are handmade to order by hand with the upmost care.
At Soap Stories, they don't just create soaps, they create the memories attached to them. Smell is the strongest scent tied to memory, and each of their leaves a lasting impression on those who wear them. Immerse yourself in delicate florals or wake up with confidence with their citrus collection.
Their organic promise is to keep providing irresistible smelling products while maintaining their Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-free values.
Bottle Tree Park has re-opened as Orto, one of the largest privately-operated leisure parks in Singapore, covering 51,500 sqm of land in the Northern area of the island.
A treasured green lung bearing an interesting collection of tropical greenery, beds of colorful shrubs and boulders with a beautiful, scenic lake. ORTO introduces an eco-learning journey with a rich array of plants and trees. Embark on a learning escapade into nature and retreat into the fauna and flora experience with a botanical stroll.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax and unwind under the glorious sunshine and summer breeze. ORTO is easily accessible and conveniently located and extensive recreational and social-friendly activities in the park such as prawning, fishing and futsal makes it an ideal place for family and social gatherings. ORTO also features outdoor event venues such as The Lakehouse and The Promenade for school activities, family functions, wedding receptions, corporate events, product launches, and seminars.
The rustic yet elegant feel of the park presents a unique dining setting in this modern, urban city. Delight your senses with the serene ambience, delectable menus and gracious service in a medley of restaurants and cafes beside the lake. From scrumptious seafood to fusion cuisines, light bites or seated dining, ORTO has it all.
They are so passionate about coffee that they established their own plantation in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, providing Singapore with the island’s finest coffee. Lovingly nurtured from plantation to cup their exclusive arabica coffee is grown, harvested and roasted to perfection,
The cafe is contemporary, warm yet vibrant. A great meeting place, chill place and lunch place.
Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing.
Nila aromatherapy bar helps you to incorporate essential oils into our daily activities.
The store has a wide range of ultrasonic diffusers and pure essential oils, you can use when traveling to purify the hotel rooms, in bedrooms for a soothing and relaxing blend and when at work with Peppermint, Rosemary and Frankincense to stay focused.