Take a journey through the years at Community Garden Festival 2019 from 1 to 3 November 2019. This third edition of the biennal event brings together garden displays which look back on Singapore’s gardening journey and projects which aim to inspire the aspiring home gardener. The event at Jurong Lake Gardens includes free activities for families.
Gardening through the Years
The centrepiece of Community Garden Festival 2019 is an outdoor display put together by more than 100 Community in Bloom gardeners and ambassadors from the five Community Development Councils.
Based on the theme “Gardening through the Years”, the display takes a reflective look at the evolution of gardening trends in Singapore from the 1960s to the present day.
The “Early Singapore” segment incorporates old school features like the yellow and orange bus stop along with the stone tables commonly found in older heartland blocks. Plant varieties are those which were commonly planted when Singapore’s vision was to be a Garden City.
Time to start a new hobby? How about baking?
“Modern Singapore” reflects more recent trends with more delicate plants and lush vertical columns to represent the establishment of world-class gardens and move towards high-rise gardening.
In the last segment of the outdoor display, “Present Singapore”, the display reflects the shift towards a biophilic City in a Garden. Creating spaces to bring people closer to nature, the elements here include bee hotels and nature play structures such as a tee-pee and low planks.
Such biophilic features can be found in parks such as HortPark.
Together a sense of the future of gardening, head to the indoor Gardener’s Showcase tent.
On display are “showflats” which present ideas of how plants can be integrated into Singapore homes through the use of terrariums and aquasacpes.
If the displays remind you of an IKEA showroom, that’s because it has been setup in partnership with the Swedish furniture giant.
Also proudly displayed are the winners of the 2019 Community Garden Edibles Competition. The competition consisted of 12 categories of crops and a record number of more than 900 gardening enthusiasts took part in this year’s competition.
Marketplace and Event Square
Over at the other tent, there are more than 60 stalls of hobbyists, start-ups and expert growers with items like plants, ornamental fish, gardening wares, lifestyle products and food & beverage for sale.
A Plant & Gardening Clinic will provide advice on plant health and care. People can even bring their plants in for a free consultation.
Stage programmes and talks covering topics such as fish keeping, bees and growing tomatoes in Singapore will also be held throughout the three-day event .
Families visiting the Community Garden Festival 2019 can look forward to activities such as leaf printing, recycling art, upcycling egg cartons to flowers and more. Get the full details here.
On Saturday, 2 November 2019, there will be a movie screening at Detective Pikachu at 7.30 pm.
Community Garden Festival 2019
When: 1 to 3 November 2019, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Lakeside Field, Jurong Lake Gardens (closest car park is North Car Park)