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.
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.
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!
- Interview with Gina Ong: Mdm Ong talks about the inception of the Marine Crescent community garden and her experiences there.
- Interview with Rosita Checelo: Mdm Checolo talks about the Marine Crescent community garden and the impact it has had on the community there.
- Interview with Meng Tan: Mr Tan from Changi Point Ubin ASC talks about the Changi Village community garden, its evolution and impact on the community.
- Interview with Lim Leng Kwang & Ong Siok Mui: Mr and Mrs Lim talk about their involvement in the Changi Village community garden and their experiences with gardening while growing up in Singapore.
- Interview with Tay Dan Huan & Ng Siow Hoon: Mr and Mrs Tay talk about their involvement and experiences in the Changi Village community garden and what it takes to be part of the gardening community.
- Interview with Huo Feng Lan & Goh Feng Keow: Mdm Huo and Mdm Goh talk about how they became involved in community gardening.
- Interview with Kwoh Toh: Mdm Kwoh Toh, the oldest participant of the Community in Bloom programme, talks about her experiences in the programme.
- Interview with Kamisah Atan, Hamidah Bujang & Lily Tham: Mdm Kamisah, Mdm Hamidah and Mdm Tham from Jurong Central Zone D community garden talk about their community garden, the roles of the different participants, the unique plants they grow and even the food they cook with plants from the garden.
- Interview with Asmah Bte Samat: Mdm Asmah talks about the beginnings of her community garden and how it helped to bring the community closer together.
- Interview with Lily Lek Siew Luan: Mdm Lek talks about her garden, the different roles each participants plays and what it takes to be a part of it.
- Interview with Mohd Sidik & Mohd Ishak: Mr Sidik and Mr Ishak from Al-Iman mosque talk about their garden, experiences gardening growing up and what makes a good gardener.
- Interview with Ismail Hj Suratnam: Mr Ismail shares about his award winning garden, its beginnings, the different plants and what makes a good gardener.
- Interview with Ben Thum: Mr Thum shares about the beginnings of his garden, innovation in gardening and how they reach out to educate the community about gardening.
- Interview with Ng Jia Wei: Mr Ng, the youngest participant of the programme, shares about how he got involved in gardening, what he likes about it and how he tries to get others involved in it.
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!
Singapore Memory Project