What an awesome morning!
We were expecting 30+ gardeners (experienced & new gardeners) from nearby neighbourhoods, together with NParks representatives, to visit our community garden this morning.
Arrival time was to be 8:30am. Then just before 8am, the skies opened up and started raining cats and dogs!
What were we to do now?? There’s not enough shelter at the park for 40+ people.
Luckily, neighbour Nathan opened his home as a temporary shelter away from the heavy rains.
We went over to the garden when the rain became more of a drizzle.
As people walked into the garden from all sides, ~8 neighbours started one-to-few conversations with our visitors. I don’t know if we could have done it any better given the rain. It is definitely a useful experience – I felt I learnt new gardening tips, and gained new contacts for collaborations, learning and sharing.
Here are some photos!
Soon after our guests left, we started preparing for a Safety Awareness Day event that will take place in the park tomorrow morning.
Even as four gazebos went up, there’s still loads of space for badminton & football! Never mind that the football got kicked into the garden every now & then. I like to think that our plants are strong & hardy!
In the midst of it all, four neighbours came by at different times to check out the garden / bring children on a stroll / donate fruits and plants.
One neighbour who wanted us to just call her “Auntie”, brought a huge bag of laksa leaf plants and medicinal herbs to plant at the garden. Later, as she plucked some of the beautiful butterfly blue pea (Clitoria ternatea) flowers, she shared with us a little recipe for making tea –
- 3 to 6 flowers in a pot
- hot water
- pandan leaves
- rock sugar
She makes the tea daily, she said. The flowers can also be used to make Nonya kueh. The flowers contain anthocyanin (blue pigments) and antioxidants that can help improve eyesight, and even improve body immunity.
Another neighbour shared that the flowers are suitable as organic hair dye, and can be mixed with henna before use.
Loads to learn! :)