04 Oct '15, 10am

The Gardens in a Garden City, Oct 10, 2.30pm - a talk on the role the Botanic Gardens played in S’pore history.

The Gardens in a Garden City, Oct 10, 2.30pm - a talk on the role the Botanic Gardens played in S’pore history.

In 1963, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat Tree at Farrer Circus. It was the beginning of a concerted effort to turn Singapore into a Garden City. This talk discusses the role that the Singapore Botanic Gardens played in improving the horticultural landscape of the nation before 1963, and its role in the subsequent greening programmes that were launched to create today’s City in a Garden. About the speaker Timothy P. Barnard is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore, specialising in the environmental and cultural history of Southeast Asia. His research focuses on a range of topics, including state formation in the 18th-century Straits of Melaka, Malay identity throughout history, Malay film in the 1950s and the environmental history of Singapore. His publications include numerous book chapters and article...

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