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Announcing new workshops for January!

EFW1 Elegant floral background with green leaves .I’m really pleased to announce these two upcoming workshops on 31 January. The first is An Edible Flowers Workshop, which I first held in late November, looking at growing attractive and edible flowers, while the second is Flowers for the table – A gardening workshop, which highlights pretty and delicate cottage garden flowers that will grow in our climate.

An Edible Flowers Workshop serves as a guide to growing plants like Nasturtium, Roselle, Sunbird Sunflowers, Shungiku (Garland Chrysanthemum) and Calendula, for use in salads, tea and even as natural remedies.

Other than learning how to grow these flowers, I will cover its nutritional benefits, and also touch upon how they can be used for cooking and suggest some medicinal purposes.

As part of this 1-hour workshop, you will receive some seeds to get you started, a bag of Nong seed raising mix and an attractive self-watering pot.

Reservation is required at S$55 a head. Register here!

Flowers for the table – a gardening workshop is focused on growing cottage garden flowers which can then be harvested for display at home.

The flowers featured for this session include different kinds of Cosmos and Marigolds, Zinna, Teddy Bear Sunflowers, and Billy Buttons.

As part of this 1-hour workshop, you will receive some seeds to get you started, a bag of Nong seed raising mix and an attractive self-watering pot.

Reservation is required at S$65 per person. Register here!

Big thanks to Nong by Edible Garden City for sponsoring this venue.

February brings another workshop – Grow Your Own Natural Remedies Workshop, look out for it, and please join us!

Awesome green wall

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This morning, I made my way to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for brunch and saw this wonderful living wall across from its main entrance.  I had to have a closer look.

It has a lot of vibrant colours and different textures, and spans at least 50m long. Whoever designed this green wall did a brilliant job. It also attracts bees and other insects. Here are some of the flowers I had photographed.

Gardener’s Day Out at Hort Park

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Two weekends ago, I attended the quarterly Gardeners’ Day Out organised by NParks, and because I’d missed the last one, I made it a point to wake up very early to make it to Hort Park for this session. I generally like my sleep ins, especially on weekends. Well, it certainly did not disappoint! I did wish I had bought more plants though!

In general, I found that plants, soil, manure and some products to be rather affordable. Gardening can become an expensive hobby once you add growing systems, composting system, seeds, pots, seaweed extract and/or fish emulsion to the equation. Heirloom and organic seeds are always more pricey. The Seeds Master had a really lovely display, and each packet of seeds was going for $6, or 5 packs for $25. I ended up buying three different packs of flower seeds, I’m obsessed with flowers at the moment. There was a bit of a lucky dip for customers, and I picked a pack of Dwarf French Bean seeds.

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There was a good range of plants on sale – succulents, including cacti, orchids, pitcher plants, air plants, florals, herbs and even eggplants and mulberry. Young seedlings were also available.  There were also interesting talks and workshops, but I didn’t attend any.