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Visiting the Hort Park, Singapore

30 April 2012 One Comment

Spice and Herb Garden at Hort Park

Sprawling across an area of 23 hectares, the Hort Park is one of the latest additions to Singapore’s system of connected public parks. According to the nparks’ website, the park was designed as a “knowledge hub for plants and gardening,” and hosts several interesting exhibits that highlight its primary functions. Among other things, visitors can marvel at several uniquely designed gardens, such as the Native garden (which showcases plants native to Singapore), a Balinese garden, a Herb and Spice garden (picture above), as well as the visually thematic Silver and Golden gardens.

HortCentre at Hort Park

The Hort Centre

We recently visited Hort Park on a weekend afternoon. Our walk started at the beautifully designed Visitors Centre, which is also called the HortCentre. Right at the entrance is an information centre where one can pick up brochures about Hort Park and other sites in the nparks system. Visitors who intend to find out more about Singapore’s park system will find plenty of information here. That aside, this office also houses a small gift shop selling park paraphernalia.

Lounge chairs, Hort Centre

The upper level of the HortCentre features a row of lounge chairs, with a gorgeous view overlooking a well manicured lawn and the rest of the park. On a good day, this is a perfect venue for chilling out with friends or enjoying a good read. We did not linger, however, and instead proceeded to explore and admire the different gardens Hort Park has to offer.

Map of Hort Park, at Hort Centre

Perhaps due to their limited size, we found some of the gardens to be a tad underwhelming. The Balinese garden (the size of a medium-sized backyard), for example, is dominated by an open space and an outdoor pavilion. There are also plots which are left empty. Collectively, however, the gardens provide an excellent showcase on the different styles of gardening and horticulture.

Hort Park, Singapore

Visitors at the Hort Park

From our experience that day, it seems that Hort Park is very popular with families. Younger couples with children in tow can be seen taking leisurely strolls in the park, and the children’s playground is teeming with the little ones. At the Fruits and Vegetables garden, we also saw some parents with older children showing their kids some of the vegetables commonly seen on the dinner table, but seldom seen as growing plants. Fortunately, the park was not overly crowded – a rarity in today’s Singapore – allowing us to fully enjoy the green, relaxing environment.

Greenhouse at Hort Park

Our walk that day brought us to the canopy walk at the neighbouring Kent Ridge Park. We explored the area a little, enjoying the view from atop the canopy walk, until flashes of lightning and rumbling thunder in the distance signalled that it was time to go back.

Canopy walk at Kent Ridge Park

Canopy Walk at Kent Ridge Park

Gardening enthusiasts might also like to know that the Hort Park holds gardening-related events on a regular basis. For example, plant cuttings are distributed for free every first Saturday of the month. The Butterfly garden, on the other hand, is open to public every last Saturday of the month. Do visit Hort Park’s website to get the details on the activities on offer.

More photos of our visit to Hort Park and the Canopy Walk are available on our Facebook page.

Travel Info

Website http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=17&Itemid=73

The Hort Park is open to visitors from 6am – 10pm daily.

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