Have you ever considered growing edible flowers at home? Incorporating homegrown edible flowers as part of your garden not only adds beauty but can also enhance the flavours of your culinary creations. In this post, find out which edible flowers you can grow in Singapore.
Edible flowers have diverse culinary applications and these days it is not uncommon to find them used as garnish on or around food in cafes and restaurants. Add them to salads, desserts or beverages for an attractive and flavourful touch. A word of caution, do choose edible flower varieties that are safe for consumption and if you are planning to grow them at home, avoid spraying chemicals so there is no risk of contamination.
As someone deeply conscious about how we need to reduce our impact on the environment, I embarked on the mission to create our wedding with a minimal carbon footprint. With a bit of creativity and a lot of help from God, we made our green wedding in Singapore a reality. Today, I’m excited to share how we managed to plan a sustainable wedding and inspire others to do the same.
We had our The Starry Night themed wedding at The Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, also known as The Armenian Church, the first ever church planted in Singapore. Located at 60 Hill Street, it is a central location for many and conveniently located near City Hall and Clarke Quay MRT Station. We opted for a garden lunch reception on the premises, under an open air tent which comfortably accommodated 180 guests.
Organising lunch outside an F&B establishment certainly meant greater logistics management and higher costs, and we did not use a wedding planner in order to save money. However as a whole we tried to keep the day’s proceedings as minimal as possible by omitting practices we deemed unnecessary. Such as the “gatecrash”, flower children, confetti, bridal car, groomsmen and bridesmaids. We did have a simple tea ceremony on the premises before the church wedding though.
In total we spent just under $35,000 (including attire, hair and make up), which is a bit on the high end considering the number of guests and how church weddings are typically cheaper to organise. But renting a national monument comes at a cost, however it was the tentage and furnishings that were the largest cost, followed by food. There was also a last minute add-on of flooring due to the muddy grounds, which set us back around $3,200, but one must always expect the unexpected when organising events outdoors.
If you are a keen gardener and on the lookout for inspiring vegetable gardens to visit, these are my top recommendations of edible gardens in Singapore! Here you will find an interesting variety of herbs and also tropical fruits such as passionfruit, guava, starfruit, and also edible flowers, vegetables and spices. Some of them are not open to the public but offer tours on occasion.
These gardens are located at commercial buildings which include a hotel, mall and office block, and open spaces on the premises of a restaurant, national garden and urban farm.
1. Parkroyal Collection at Marina Bay– This garden has a lovely collection of fruit trees, edible flowers, herbs and vegetables. Featuring more than 60 varieties of edible plants, this attractive chef’s garden (pictured above) is accessible via Peppermint restaurant on level 4. At the entrance, inform the staff that you are there to view the garden and they will direct you towards it.
2. 1-Arden Food Forest at CapitaSpring – Recognised as the highest urban farm in the world, the 1-Arden Food Forest stands as a remarkable chef’s garden that is truly unparalleled in Singapore. The garden features clever interplanting techniques that give the appearance that the garden looks lush despite being harvested from. Produce from the garden is used in some of the food establishments within the building. Members of the public are welcomed to visit on weekdays from 8.30am – 10.30am and 2.30pm – 6pm excluding public holidays. To access the garden, take the lift to level 51.
Living sustainably involves some degree of change but it doesn’t have to be hard, and it definitely doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favourite things all at once. In fact, there are many eco friendly products available in Singapore that can help make your life simpler while also reducing your impact on the planet.
A sustainable lifestyle is something you can work on incrementally so do not feel bad that you cannot change your habits soon enough. What is important is for you to identify areas that you can change in the short term and then long term, and which areas you can create the biggest impact.
As someone who embarked on this lifestyle more than 16 years ago, I would recommend approaching it in these 3 ways. It is important to start with a mindset shift, so that your actions will naturally follow.
Keeping your life simple and purchasing only what you need, because the more things you own, the more things you need to take care of.
Buying better products that last longer, and well-designed products that are easy to clean or maintain so you create less waste
Don’t make impulse buying decisions. Think it through to minimise waste and save money.
The recent plastic bag charge has made the need to minimise waste a more visible topic. While it is annoying to pay for bags, or inconvenient for some to carry a reusable bag with them, there is a good reason for implementing this charge. It gives a value to plastic bags rather than something that is free and easy to come by, and it makes us more mindful about our use of plastic bags.
There are perks to bringing your own food containers, cups or bags. Other than reducing waste, it can even result in savings. ION Orchard for one has been rewarding its ION Rewards Members with Green Points. As part of their Dining’s A Breeze campaign, members can earn 5 Green Points (worth $2 in e-vouchers) for every transaction with a minimum $20 spend, when using their own reusable containers, cups or bags to participating F&B outlets. This is limited to the first 1000 members each month, till 30 July.
These dining establishments include Le Matin Patisserie, Sunday Folks, Kee Wah Bakery, Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Kitchen, Lee Wee & Brothers, Paris Baguette, Niku Kappo By Watami and Venchi. To find out more about the campaign, please see here.
With this in mind, here is a list of some great eco friendly products in Singapore to kickstart your sustainable lifestyle!