We visit HortPark, a 9-hectare site used as a valuable education facility for Singapore gardeners. It has a range of specialised gardens, sales facilities, and educational tours. Facilities like this reflect Singapore’s priority on horticulture. Our next stop is Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Rooftop Garden. KTPH was designed for patient’s wellbeing using biophilic principles. Greenery covers four times the footprint of the hospital buildings. Since opening eight years ago the community-at-large has been engaged, and nearby residents also enjoy the hospital’s public spaces which is encouraged by KTPH. Programs such as line dancing, tai chi and Zumba are regular occurrences, and volunteers (mostly retirees) tend the rooftop gardens alongside staff. Some produce finds its way to the hospital kitchens, and the rest is sold to help with costs. Before heading back to the hotel, we will walk through Marina One, ‘an international role model for living and working' by Ingenhoven Architects, landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson and her team. The high-density building complex with its mix of uses extends to over 400,000 square meters and, with its group of four high-rise buildings, defines the "Green Heart" - a public space extending over several stories. We’ll see their recent extensive refurbishment. Our Peranakan-style farewell dinner is at the National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery.
(Meals: B, D)