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Singapore Garden Festival 2022: Highlights from Singapore Botanic Gardens & Orchard Road

The Singapore Garden Festival 2022 is back after a four year hiatus, which is a pretty exciting thing for gardeners and plant lovers who fancy ornamental blooms, show gardens, floral displays, edible plants and a spot of shopping for plants and garden products. This time, the Singapore Garden Festival will be held at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from now till 9 August, and at ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City till 7 August.

Here are the highlights from all three venues!

SGF 2022

Singapore Botanic Gardens

While you are at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, be prepared to marvel at the stunning entries of The Orchid Competition, co-organised with the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA). Visitors can view more than 400 rare and exquisite orchids, including warm and cool-growing species and hybrids found globally in different regions, submitted by professional growers and hobbyists. These specimens are housed at Burkill Hall, Tan Hoon Siang Mist House and Sembcorp Cool House.

SGF Orchid Competition Singapore Botanic Gardens
Warm growing orchids in Burkill Hall
OSSEA orchid competition 2022
Warm growing orchids in Burkill Hall
Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Competition 2022
Warm growing orchids in The Orchid Competition at the Tan Hoon Siang Mist House
Orchid competition SGF
Cool growing orchid submissions for The Orchid Competition in the Sembcorp Cool House

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Where to buy plant fertiliser in Singapore

If you’re wondering where to buy plant fertiliser for your edible or foliage plants in Singapore, read on for a list of places in-store or online.

Fertilisers provide plants with three main nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), and contain secondary nutrients like magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca) and sulphur (S) as well as micronutrients like zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn) and boron (B).

Fertilisers are essential for plant growth and development. Not only do they provide plants with the essential nutrients they need, they also improve the soil structure, water-holding capacity and aeration. Fertilising your plants is therefore a very important task that you should not fall behind on.

What kind of fertiliser should you buy for your plants?

This depends on what plant you are planning to fertilise, how often you prefer to fertilise, and whether you prefer organic or synthetic fertiliser.

The best fertiliser for your plants depends on what type of plant it is meant for, which is usually indicated on the product label e.g. vegetables, flowers, foliage plants. When buying fertiliser, also look for the NPK values so you will get a better idea of which plants it is more suitable for.

For example, a high nitrogen fertiliser that is suitable for your green leafy vegetables may not be suitable for cacti or fruiting vegetables. If you are growing green leafy vegetables, opt for a fertiliser with high nitrogen, while fruiting vegetables require more phosphorus and potassium to encourage fruiting.

houseplant fertilisers Singapore
Photo by Cottonbro

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Urban Permaculture Nova Ceceliana
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Garden Stories: Urban permaculture advocate Nova Ceceliana Nelson of Goodman Community Farm

Nova Ceceliana Nelson is a permaculture designer who wants to help people grow food regardless of how small their space is. At the Goodman Community Farm in Singapore, she uses the garden to showcase what urban permaculture looks like, where upcycled materials are used, and how one can create closed loop systems to turn waste into valuable resources.

At this space where food growers, artists and the community converge, she organises workshops for children and adults to connect them to nature and growing food.

Urban permaculture

The Goodman Community Farm consists of a forager’s garden and community microfarm. At the forager’s garden, there is a herb spiral, mandala garden, pond, three-bay leaf compost area and wormery, while the community microfarm is a place to test out different methods of growing food.

Nova sees waste as a resource and collects landscape waste, cardboard, logs, coffee grounds and food waste from a café on the premises and uses it around the garden. Nothing goes to waste here. Find out more from this video interview I conducted with her!

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Admire and buy exotic plants in Singapore at this Seletar Farmway Nursery

For those in the know, there is a Seletar Farmway nursery that is popular with those looking for exotic plants. Located within Chwee Nursery at 9 Seletar West Farmway 7, you will find a cluster of plant fanciers who rent plots to house as well as sell their exotic plant collections. These consist of orchids and epiphytic plants, aroids as well as succulents.

Some plots are larger than others, with a fine variety of plants on display. While not everything is for sale, admiring these plant collections make for a wonderful experience in itself. If you wish to pay these plots a visit, it is advisable to check with them in advance before heading down.

1. Wild Botanicals – Their nursery features aroids, ardisia and other foliage plants. Visit their website to purchase their plants, where they also sell plants from neighbouring plots. Contact them at  heywildbotanicals@gmail.com or via Instagram.

2. Reluctant City Dweller – Here you will find exotic foliage plants and succulents. Make an appointment to view Mark’s plants via Instagram or via Carousell, where he also retails his plants.

3. Mashud Forestation – This extra-large plot is lush and beautifully decked out in a wide variety of foliage plants that include aroids, epiphytes. begonias, ferns, and many more. Lalii manages this plot and keeps it open Mondays to Saturdays from 3pm-7pm, while opening hours on Sundays and public holidays are announced beforehand on his Instagram page, where he is easily contactable.

Mashud forestation at Seletar West Farmway 7
Mashud Forestation’s plot

4. The Botanical Assembly – They retail aroids, cacti, succulents, platycerium,  caudiciform and other foliage plants. Shop their collection at their website or to visit their plot, reach them via their website contact form or through Instagram

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