Saturday, August 15, 2009

Got a Green Thumb? Go to GardenTech lah!

Feeling claustrophic in the concrete jungle that is your office / home? Seeking to introduce a touch of color (and oxygen) in your life? GardenTech 2009 from Aug 14-18 will have the answer for you!

GardenTech is a one-stop biennial garden trade fair which showcases a wide selection of the latest and most innovative gardening products from more than 100 local and overseas suppliers (including orchids flown in from the Philippines).

The fair features some 140 exhibits, showcasing the latest gardening and environmentally-friendly products and services. As promised by the brochure, GardenTech offers something for everyone from carnivorous plants to organic skincare, bugs-repelling fashion to green cleaning products! Here is a sample of the things you can see there:

Eco & Gardening Clubs

Audrey II's children out of the Little Shop of Horrors =)

Schools for Horticultural and Landscape Management

Exquisite Bottle Gardens by Paperus

Centers for early environmental eduction

Ideas on how to "green" your walls

During the five-day event, visitors can participate in FREE gardening-related workshops and talks, and activities for the WHOLE FAMILY. For more details on the programme, please click here.

Limited FREE potted plants will also be given to visitors.

Visitors may also explore the outdoor display plots in the Garden Patch of HortPark. Andre was particularly taken with the Fantasy Garden which featured the main characters of the Wizard of Oz, including a ghoulish looking scarecrow.

A date with the butterflies, free plants, workshops, and gardening gems.... all in all a great day. We're now looking forward to the next GardenTech.

About HortPark
According to the Singapore National Parks website, HortPark is the first-ever one-stop gardening hub in Southeast Asia that brings together gardening-related, recreational, educational, research and retail activities in a park setting. The knowledge hub “promotes gardening as a hobby and lifestyle, as well as provides the platform for the industry to share best practices, as well as showcase garden designs, products and services.”

How to get to Garden Tech 2009 at HortPark
HortPark is located at 33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road). GardenTech 2009 is open from 10am to 8pm. There is a Free Shuttle Service available at the taxi stand outside Harbourfront MRT (Exit D) which runs at 15 min intervals from 10am to 6.30pm.

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