One of the most distinct characteristics of Singapore is its “greenness” – a “City in a Garden”, as they call it. It was precisely this reason that the Singapore Memory Project (SMP) grabbed the opportunity to collaborate with NParks for many exciting memory documentation initiatives.

Community gardeners from Sembawang Zone E participating in the CIB programme

One of these major initiatives is with NParks’ Community in Bloom (CIB) movement, a national gardening movement that aims to foster a gardening culture among the people in Singapore. Launched in 2005 by NParks, there are a total of 500 community gardening groups today. The CIB team facilitates and guides residents, students and workers in Singapore in setting up and sustaining their community gardening projects where they can plant and care for their shared gardens  together. CIB aspires to link all gardeners and community gardening groups islandwide into a self-sustaining National Gardening Movement.

Community gardeners from Sembawang Zone E participating in the CIB programme

With such admirable and meaningful ambitions in mind, CIB and SMP were inspired to embark on a publication and memory collection drive together. The planned publication is a first for CIB and pays tribute to the movement and people involved since it started in 2005. It will illustrate the journey of CIB, its development as Singapore’s national gardening movement and will also include the documentation of personal memories of its stakeholders and members of the gardening groups, both past and present.

We first kicked off the CIB memory collection drive at Gardener’s Day Out late last year. Check out some of the video interviews that were captured on the day!

Look out for many more meaningful NParks and CIB memory documentation initiatives coming up soon, and watch this space for the joint publication coming up later this year!

Tay Shuyun
Singapore Memory Project


  1. Chua Cheng Ying Reply

    Hello Shuyun,
    I am a researcher at National University of Singapore and I came across this site. I am currently embarking on my Masters dissertation research on community gardens in Singapore. May I know how you managed to establish contact with the gardeners? Thanks alot.

    • Yeong Chong Reply

      Hi Cheng Ying,

      You’d have to approach National Parks Board for the contacts; we’re unable to share them with you without their endorsement. So sorry about that!

      Yeong Chong

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