Singapore

The fourth international "Fascination of Plants Day 2017" will be launched again under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2017 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2017 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organised for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organised throughout the weeks of 3 - 31 May 2017. Just contact your National Coordinator or the EPSO Coordinator to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.

We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, 2013 and 2015, with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2017 . If you would like to join this initiative, please contact your national coordinator.

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- What's in my mangrove?
    Mangrove forests are living borders of the freshwater and salt water. Out of 73 true mangroves species worldwide, 22 can be found in Sungei Buloh. Join the guides at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for a lovely morning walk and get to know the mangrove trees and plants of the forest. Registration for this walk opens on 5 May 2017.
    - guided tour
    - Sat, 13 May 2017, 09:30AM - 11:00AM
    - Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre (Kranji Way entrance)
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: nparks_sbwr@nparks.gov.sg
    www.nparks.gov.sg/ . . ./ whats-in-my-mangroves

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Rain Forest Tour
    Discover the enchantment of our tropical rain forest with our volunteer guides in this one-hour tour. Please register 15 minutes before the tour at the Visitor Centre, Nassim Gate. Please note that the Mandarin tours are only available for 10am & 4pm slots only.
    - guided tour
    - Sat, 13 May 2017, 09:00AM - 16:00PM
    - Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Nassim Gate
    Target audience: everybody

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Nature Appreciation Walk at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
    Experience nature in its pristine form at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is a mere 12 km from the bustling city centre. By virtue of Singapore’s location on the equatorial belt, the reserve has one of the richest and most diverse ecological systems. Join us for a Guided Nature Appreciation Walk to find out more about the flora & fauna that can be found in the reserve!

    What to bring: Water, rain gear, umbrella, hat
    What to wear: Comfortable T-shirt, long pants, and covered hiking shoes
    Group Size: Max 15 participants per group
    Location of Guided Walk : Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (Visitor Centre)
    Note: All Participants needs to be registered
    Online registration will be opened around 2 weeks before event date.
    - guided tour
    - Sat, 20 May 2017, 09:30AM - 10:30AM
    - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, BTNR Visitor Centre's Front Courtyard
    Target audience: everybody
    www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/. . . nature-reserve-20-may-2017

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Orchid Garden Tour
    Explore the beauty and diversity of orchids with our volunteer guides in this one-hour tour.

    *Admission into the National Orchid Garden applies. Rates:
    Adults - $5.00
    Students - $1.00
    Senior Citizens (Above 60 years) - $1.00
    Children (Below 12 years) - Free

    There are 4 sessions to this tour, 9am, 10am, 11am & 4pm. Kindly note that the Mandarin version is only available at 4pm where English tours are available for all sessions.

    Registration is required 15 minutes before each tour on a first-come-first-served basis at the Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate).
    - guided tour
    - Sat, 20 May 2017, 09:00AM - 16:00PM
    - Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Nassim Gate
    Target audience: everybody
    www.nparks.gov.sg/ . . .orchid-garden-tour

Gardens by the Bay
Singapore
www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/

  • -- Tulipmania Inspired
    See art blossom before your eyes as Gardens by the Bay takes inspiration from one of the Netherland's most celebrated artists, Vincent van Gogh, in this year's Tulipmania Inspired. Be enthralled as Flower Dome transforms into a floral gallery where Van Gogh's self-portrait and famed art piece "The Starry Night" come to life with the vivid hues of tulips. More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths - including Darwin hybrid tulips often appreciated for their large blooms - will be on display in a palette of colours.
    - Seasonal event
    - presentation
    - Sat, 1 Apr 2017 - Sun, 7 May 2017, 9.00am - 9.00pm
    - Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
    Target audience: everybody
    www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/ . . .tulipmania.html

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Race Against Time - Science behind a Botanic Garden Tour
    This session introduces the research facilities at the Singapore Botanic Gardens such as the Library of Botany & Horticulture, Orchid & Micro-propagation laboratory and the Herbarium.

    Highlights of this 45-minute tour includes a visit to the Herbarium which stores physical records of reference plant materials, some dating as far back as 1790. In addition, learn about our hybridization programme for orchids, a process introduced back in 1930’s by the then Director, R.E Holttum.

    To attend this tour at 10am, registration is required at the Service Desk 15-minutes before the scheduled start time. Slots are limited to 25 people, for ages 9 and above.
    - guided tour
    - 27 May 2017, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
    - Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Tanglin Gate Botany Centre
    Target audience: everybody, Ages 9 and above

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Fun with Maths & Plants (A Guided Tour)
    Have fun being a little Mathematician and discover plants at the same time! Learn basic Maths concepts through colours, shapes, sizes and numbers. Practice your skills using leaves, flowers and other plant parts. You will discover that Mathematics is fun and interesting!

    An email confirming the status of the event will be sent to you at least one week prior to the event. In the event that the programme is cancelled, we will refund any payment made within 30 days. Please note that there is no refund if you wish to cancel registration, or if there is no-show of participant(s).
    - guided tour
    - Mon, 29 May 2017, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
    - Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Tanglin Gate Botany Centre
    Target audience: children 8 - 10
    Organizer: SBG Education Branch at +6564719961nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg
    www.nparks.gov.sg/ . . .5/fun-with-maths-and-plants . . .

National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Micro-plant Detective Workshop II: Flowers (An Investigative, Planting and Craft Making Workshop)
    Be a micro-plant detective and peer into the world of tiny things! Gain sophisticated microscopy skills and learn about magnification while investigating a variety of tiny plant parts. Participants will be given the opportunity to create their personal art pieces as well as a mini dish garden in this fun-filled workshop.

    An email confirming the status of the event will be sent to you at least one week prior to the event. In the event that the programme is cancelled, we will refund any payment made within 30 days. Please note that there is no refund if you wish to cancel registration, or if there is no-show of participant(s).
    - hands on activities
    workshop workshop
    - Wed, 31 May 2017, 09:00AM - 17:00PM
    - Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Core, Botany Centre, Classroom 1 & 2 (Level 3)
    Target audience: children 8 - 10, learners 10 - 14, students
    Organizer: SBG Education Branch: 6471 9961 nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg
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National Parks Board
Singapore
www.nparks.gov.sg

  • -- Cacti and Succulents (A Gardening Workshop and Guided Tour)
    Despite Singapore's tropical climate, plants originating from dry climates can be grown fairly easily here, both indoors and outdoors, with the right care and conditions. Learn how to identify and grow some common cacti and other succulents in this workshop, which also includes a potting session and a tour of the Sun Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    workshop workshop
    - Sat, 06 May 2017, 10:00AM - 13:00PM
    - Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre, Classroom 1 & 2 (Level 3)
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: SBG Education Branch: 6471 9961 nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg
    www.nparks.gov.sg/ . . cacti-and-succulents-6-may

The Living Centre
Singapore
www.thelivingcentre.sg/

  • -- 1 Day Course on Grow Leafy Vegetables Successfully in Singapore (13 May 2017)
    This is an indepth course that will provide and equip you with industry and research proven techniques of leafy vegetables in soil within Singapore's weather or any tropical climate.
    - hands on activities
    - seminar or lecture
    workshop workshop
    - 13-May-2017 (Sat), 9:00 AM - 17:00 PM
    - World Farm (Singapore)
    Target audience: everybody, students, professionals
    Organizer: The Living Centre: contact@thelivingcentre.sg
    https://www.thelivingcentre.sg/ . . . vegetables-successfully-in-singapore

The Living Centre
Singapore
www.thelivingcentre.sg/

  • -- Full Day Urban Farming Course
    This course provide participants with the knowledge and skills to understand urban farming in Singapore. Awareness of Singapore’s growing needs and food sustainability will be explored and discussed, with acquiring of knowledge and techniques of basic urban farming.
    - hands on activities
    - seminar or lecture
    workshop workshop
    - 27-May-2017 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 17:00 PM
    - World Farm (Singapore)
    Target audience: everybody, students, professionals
    Organizer: The Living Centre: contact@thelivingcentre.sg
    www.thelivingcentre.sg/ . . urban-farming-course-27may2017

National Library Board
Singapore
www.nlb.gov.sg

  • -- Community In Bloom
    Join the Community in Bloom project at the Queenstown Library garden! We welcome anyone who is interested in simple planting and caring for our garden, as well as taking part in gardening activities facilitated by library staff. Help to create a garden sanctuary for all at Queenstown Public Library!

    Special Session: 6 May (Programme Zone)
    Hear why pollinators are important for our environment and how we can put into action the science of greening our world.
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - May 6, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    - Queenstown Public Library Programme Zone
    Target audience: everybody
    www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/community-in-bloom . .

National Library Board
Singapore
www.nlb.gov.sg <

  • -- [Garden Talk] Make your own terrarium and how butterflies enhance garden biodiversity
    Get started on cultivating a mini-ecosystem with the right plants and soil mixture. Learn from ready-made samples and demos with Joel Lee to create a self-sustaining terrarium.

    Discover the characteristics of butterflies and their role in the food chain. Community in Bloom Ambassador Tian How Ming teaches how to care for these essential pollinators.

    About the speakers:

    Joel is also a Community in Bloom Ambassador and has pursued his love for gardening since secondary school. He regularly conducts related talks and workshops at the Association for Persons with Special Needs among others.

    How Ming passes on his know-how actively online and has advised community garden groups across the island.
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - May 20, 2017, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    - Queenstown Public Library Programme Zone
    Target audience: everybody
    www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/garden-talk-vertical-gardening-. ..