Some month’s back, I attended a garden visit organised by Singapore Gardening Society in the Ewart Park area. I love attending their gatherings, especially when it involves visitations to private gardens and plant sales. This one in particular was three years in the making, due to schedule conflicts, and the stars had finally aligned.
The property is a sprawling 50,000 sq ft, with a large area dedicated to greenery, and as you will see in these photos, they really love their plants! They have a lovely green wall, and have incorporated green features inside and out. I found the property very soothing on the senses and loved the diversity of plants all around.
Over the weekend, I attended the Singapore Gardening Society (SGS)’s February meet up, I try my best to make it when I’m in town. This time, we visited Mr Tan Wee Lee and Mrs Rosalind Tan garden, which has previously received a Community in Bloom award. They were wonderful hosts, sharing knowledge about their garden, and ensuring society members were well fed.
All visitors were greeted by this majestic 50-year old Elephant Ear Fig Tree, abundant with fruit. Mrs Tan said that she cooks the figs with chicken soup, and that making tea from the leaves of this species is supposedly good for diabetes. I heard Mr Tan saying that in order to have a tree like that, one needs to shape it as such. He’s a bonsai enthusiast, as you will see later on.
Even though it was an unbearably hot day, their front garden is well shaded by this tree, and well cooled by their pond. The difference in temperature was remarkable, and made it a very comfortable experience.
Each year, Malini Lee generously opens her gardens to Singapore Gardening Society members to sell plants, proceeds of which go to the society. I’ve been wanting to go for a year now, last year I didn’t put in my membership form in time and had missed the opportunity to visit. I was pretty excited to be able to make it down this year, with my mother in tow, she’s a lifetime member.
Malini lives at Namly Crescent and has utilised the space in her garden well. She has a lovely collection of succulents, flowers, edibles and ornamentals, and it was a real treat for us to see and experience.
All plants were priced affordably, and we bought plants for no more than $5 a piece. There were easily hundreds of plants on sale, of many colours and kinds. We took home 10 plants for just $40.
As you can tell, there were lots of plants on sale. She has really great taste in plants, which were laid out nicely around the property.