Singapore’s garden charms revealed

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SingapoRevealed, is an exciting new three-part series following Singapore actress Fiona Xie – famous for her role as Kitty Pong in the Hollywood blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians – as she explores her home city, Singapore and its outdoor gardens, parks and urban farms.

The tiny island of Singapore is known as the garden city for good reason. While your initial thoughts of Singapore may be of a concrete jungle, the island city has incredible nature parks, urban farms and magnificent landscaped gardens for residents and locals to enjoy its balmy climate in a nature-based environment. Here’s four parks and urban farms in Singapore that you should not miss.

MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park 

In the centre of the city, MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir Park is a nature playground for those who love the outdoors. From hiking trails, to kayaking to wildlife watching, this lush oasis gives locals and visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the main city. 

The park is anchored by Singapore’s largest reservoir, and caters to all the needs of nature lovers! This scenic spot offers a number of attractions such as Treetop Walks, a 250m aerial free standing bridge, showing off the tranquil and lush green foliage MacRitchie has to offer. Not only that, MacRitchie has a number of exhilarating nature trails, where you may be lucky enough to bump into a few friends along the way, including long-tailed macaque monkeys, squirrels, flying lemurs or owls!


Funan Urban Farm by Edible Garden City

Edible Garden City is located on the seventh floor of one of Singapore’s most popular shopping complexes, Funan Mall. Long championed the grow-your-own food movement, Edible Garden City is one of the few urban farms open to the public and is home to over 50 different types of fruits and vegetables, such as edible flowers, mushrooms, watermelon and other exciting nibbles. Not only can you learn how vegetables and fruits are produced and harvested, you don’t need to venture far to visit the lush serenity this Garden City has to offer. 

Singapore is also home to Sky Greens’ 9-metre-tall, low carbon vertical farm and Apollo Aquaculture Group’s vertical aquaculture system, other farms that illustrate urban environments/ farming. 


Seletar Aerospace Park, Upper Seletar Reservoir Park 

Experience a slice of Singapore’s colonial past when dining at Seletar Aerospace Park, with the opportunity to dine at a number of cosy cafes, bars and restaurants. Located in the north-east of the island you are able to experience Seletar Airport, now a general aviation airport for chartered flights and training, whilst also viewing the redeveloped enclave that plays host to conserved bungalows, offering spas and shops. Hampstead Wetlands Park, located in the middle of the enclave, is also a great spot to go on hikes, runs or bike rides, after enjoying a very satisfying meal!


Southern Islands (One º15 Marina Sentosa Cove)

Many travellers are unaware that Singapore is made up of 60 smaller islands off the coast of the main island, providing visitors with a great opportunity for day trips. In just a short two and a half hours you are whisked away to a number of hidden gems such as St John’s Island, Coney Island or Pulau Ubin where you can go snorkelling, fishing, camping, explore hidden nature trails and tracks or enjoy a ride on some of the most beautiful boats and yachts. 

After a big day of exploring, you are able to relax at ONE º15 Marina Sentosa Cove, located at Marina Bay, a lifestyle waterfront destination providing visitors with restaurants, bars, a modern spa, members’ lounge and an infinity pool! Whether visiting for the afternoon or treating yourself to a stay here, One º15 Marina Sentosa Cove is a must-visit. 

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle

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