From 24 October to 1 November, the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2020 celebrates the history and contemporary contributions of Singapore’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the celebrations consist of both online events as well as onsite exhibitions.
Here are a selection of events and highlights of the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2020.
Online Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2020 Events
1. Plant-enstein: Growing Kitchen Scraps & Upcycling Planters
Find out how to regrow vegetables from leftover kitchen scraps. Turn unused parts of different vegetables back into edible vegetables. You can also learn how to upcycle household items into attractive planter pots. This is available on the Singapore Botanic Gardens Facebook page.
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2. Behind the Scenes Tour of the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank
From 24 October 2020 onwards, go on a behind the scenes tour of the Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank. The virtual tour will provide a look into the laboratories at the Seed Bank, and the work of its researchers. This will be available on the NParks YouTube and Facebook pages.
3. Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum Virtual Tour
Also available from 24 October 2020 is a virtual tour of the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum. It is a way to learn more about the Gardens’ 160-year history and the role which it has played in advancing economic crops, such as rubber, in the region. This will be available on the NParks YouTube and Facebook pages.
4. NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Gardens
While there still aren’t any concerts in the Gardens, you can tune in online on 31 October 2020 from 7 pm to 8 pm for some music. Miss Lou, a classic vintage vocalist and songwriter will entertain with old-school vocal stylings, and The Lost Tribe of Pulau Gypsy will also be performing. Watch the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Heritage Festival 2020 concert on NParks YouTube.
Onsite Displays and Exhibitions
5. Plants That Heal Exhibition
Taking place till February 2021, the Plants That Heal Exhibition at the Centre for Ethnobotany features medicinal plants found in Singapore’s rainforests. It also delves into the science behind drug discovery.
6. Scenic Perceptions – Reflecting the Elements, Lighted Timbers and Surprise the Senses
At the Botany Centre, view two art installations from Nanyang Polytechnic. Watch a video installation that depicts the elements of water, fire and earth which can be interacted with by tapping the feet. See a set of “urban trees” which have personalities depicted by LED light patterns. At the People’s Gallery, there is an art exhibition which includes a section that showcases how young children view nature.
7. Heritage Orchid Display
Pay a visit to National Orchid Garden for a display of Heritage Orchids. There will also be a mini orchid competition with flowering specimens on display. The Heritage Orchid Display takes place from 24 October to 1 November 2020.
Find out more about the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2020.