meeting point: Visitor’s Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Cluny Road
date | time: Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | 8.00-11.00 am
cost: $20.00 (Members) | $35.00 (Others)
reservations: email@example.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 30 persons.
Hurry to avoid disappointment.
A botanical garden was established not long after Raffles arrived in Singapore. However, this first botanical garden, at the base of Canning Hill near the National Museum, was not long-lived. The Singapore Botanic Gardens that we know at Tanglin recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. It has been an experimental garden, a centre for botanical research, a focal point for horticultural science, and a beloved public park throughout its storied history. It has also been home to many pioneering – and often, rather eccentric – botanists. In our brief walk through the Gardens, we’ll look at areas (and trees) of particular heritage interest and the stories they tell as we amble through 150-plus years of Singapore history.
Shawn YK Lum is a tropical rainforest ecologist. He was born in Hawaii and was educated at Harvard University and at the University of California, Berkeley. After his post-doctoral attachment at the then Department of Botany at the National University of Singapore, Shawn joined the Natural Sciences and Science Education Faculty at the National Institute of Education. He currently offers courses on the Diversity and Evolution of Plants, Environmental Studies and Global Issues, the Conservation and Management of Natural Habitats and Environmental Sustainability. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America, the American Society of Plant Systematists and the Singapore Institute of Biology. Shawn is the current President of the Nature Society (of Singapore).
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