Singapore…A City in a Garden!
Trip Recap August 27th - September 3rd, 2013
 


August 31
Sometimes I think I am a creature of habit, I had such a good breakfast the day before that I had the same thing again. I also took more photos of hotel – the main floral display had been changed to this monstrous arrangement of dark pink ginger…totally awesome and it was great to see so many people getting their photos taken with this in their background.
I met my driver in the lobby to take me to the Hotel Fort Canning where I was to have lunch in the Glass House Restaurant with Franck, General Manager and Joey Wong, Marketing & Communications Manager. Then followed a lovely tour of this beautiful modern boutique hotel and then a personal tour through the Fort Canning Gardens led by Amy, Club Manager of the Legends at the Hotel and an avid garden historian. It should be said that the hotel is within the grounds…and walking through the Park was so lovely as the shade provided by these trees dropped the temperature noticeably.

http://www.hfcsingapore.com/

‘Fort Canning Hill is one of Singapore’s most historic landmarks. It was very likely that in the 14th century, the royal palace of ancient Malay rulers stood on the summit of this once “Forbidden Hill”. When the British arrived in 1819, they took advantage of the hill’s resources in several ways. It was here that Sir Stamford Raffles built his bungalow, and was the place of residence for a long line of governors. The hill also became an important communication center, housing important communication devices such as the flagstaff, time ball, lighthouse and a telegraph office.’ This is an excerpt from what I think is just about the best guide you will find on this area….

http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/diy_guide/Colonial_History_Walking_Trail_at_Fort_Canning_Park.pdf

of particular interest was the Spice Garden where I met wild pepper – Piper sarmentosum - for the first time. Raffles introduced many spices to Singapore including nutmeg and clove.
I am in awe of all the gardening history here with reference to Sir Stamford Raffles… as I read I discover that the Rafflesia arnoldi, which we saw in Malaysia, is named after him. He was also the founder of the Zoological Society in London as well as its President. He was an avid collector of plants and would press them between the pages of books. He did so much here in Singapore that it is hard to believe that he lived here for such a short period of time.

Back at the Shangri-La, I am enjoying a lovely Gin and Tonic in the Garden Wing Lounge – those staying in the Garden Wing have lounge access each evening for drinks and nibbles…very civilized.

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