Hort Park
17 May 2017

 The children arrived at Hort Park and were greeted by the magnificent showcase of vertical greenery.

The children arrived at Hort Park and were greeted by the magnificent showcase of vertical greenery.

 Mrs. Katherine explained how vertical gardening makes efficient use of space, specially here in Singapore. They were shown how the plants are watered by an irrigation system installed on each wall. The children also learnt about the different needs of the plants – sunlight, water, and nutrients (which come from the soil) and how the plants selected for vertical gardening thrive because of all these needs being met.

Mrs. Katherine explained how vertical gardening makes efficient use of space, specially here in Singapore. They were shown how the plants are watered by an irrigation system installed on each wall. The children also learnt about the different needs of the plants – sunlight, water, and nutrients (which come from the soil) and how the plants selected for vertical gardening thrive because of all these needs being met.

 The children also learnt about the different needs of the plants – sunlight, water, and nutrients (which come from the soil) and how the plants selected for vertical gardening thrive because of all these needs being met.

The children also learnt about the different needs of the plants – sunlight, water, and nutrients (which come from the soil) and how the plants selected for vertical gardening thrive because of all these needs being met.

 The children were then taken to the Edible Garden where they saw a variety of plants that can be eaten and can also be used for medicinal purposes.

The children were then taken to the Edible Garden where they saw a variety of plants that can be eaten and can also be used for medicinal purposes.

 Mrs Jo introduced lady's finger to the children. She explained that its seeds can be roasted and grounded as a coffee substitute.    

Mrs Jo introduced lady's finger to the children. She explained that its seeds can be roasted and grounded as a coffee substitute. 

 

 Lady's fingers

Lady's fingers

 The children were then introduced to variegated Indian borage. They learnt that its leaves can be eaten raw or made into a decoction to treat dry cough.   

The children were then introduced to variegated Indian borage. They learnt that its leaves can be eaten raw or made into a decoction to treat dry cough.

 

 Variegated Indian Borage

Variegated Indian Borage

 Mrs. Jo showed them the stalks of sweet corn and explained how corn is a rich source of carbohydrates.

Mrs. Jo showed them the stalks of sweet corn and explained how corn is a rich source of carbohydrates.

 The children also learnt about the asparagus and how its young shoots are used and cooked as an appetizer or side dish.

The children also learnt about the asparagus and how its young shoots are used and cooked as an appetizer or side dish.

 Asparagus

Asparagus

 Mrs. Jo showed them the pandan leaves and how it is used to enhance flavour in rice dishes, desserts and cakes. The children were also given samples of pandan leaves which they passed around to smell and feel.

Mrs. Jo showed them the pandan leaves and how it is used to enhance flavour in rice dishes, desserts and cakes. The children were also given samples of pandan leaves which they passed around to smell and feel.

 Pandan 

Pandan 

 Mrs Jo showed them the luffa and explained how it is used in soup dishes but when fully ripened, can be processed and used as a bath sponge.   

Mrs Jo showed them the luffa and explained how it is used in soup dishes but when fully ripened, can be processed and used as a bath sponge.

 

 Luffa

Luffa

 Ms. Kristine showed them the eggplant and explained how it is also known as brinjal or aubergine. The children also learnt that it can be grown by planting the seeds and it thrives in full sun.    

Ms. Kristine showed them the eggplant and explained how it is also known as brinjal or aubergine. The children also learnt that it can be grown by planting the seeds and it thrives in full sun. 

 

 Eggplant

Eggplant

 The children were shown the spring onion and they learnt about how they can be grown using the onion bulbs.

The children were shown the spring onion and they learnt about how they can be grown using the onion bulbs.

 Spring onions

Spring onions

 The children were shown the bitter gourd. They learnt that it is commonly used in soups or stir fried with egg. They also discovered that salt can be used to reduce its bitter taste.

The children were shown the bitter gourd. They learnt that it is commonly used in soups or stir fried with egg. They also discovered that salt can be used to reduce its bitter taste.

 Bittergourd

Bittergourd

 The children learnt about pumpkin and how rich it is in Vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for good vision.

The children learnt about pumpkin and how rich it is in Vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for good vision.

 Pumpkin

Pumpkin

 The children also learnt about lemongrass and how it can be used as a cockroach repellent, just like the pandan.   

The children also learnt about lemongrass and how it can be used as a cockroach repellent, just like the pandan.