Shot of green wall panels at HortPark

Imagine a place where a collection of well manicured and beautifully-designed gardens lay together in a charming space where you can picnic on the lawns or enjoy a glass of wine at the bistro on the grounds.

For those of you who enjoy getting your hands dirty planting seeds or trimming flowers, this landscape of greenery is known as HortPark, which lies in the Western part of Singapore.

The park is a one-stop hub for everything related to gardening—from recreational and educational to research and retail activities. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to get rid of those pesky weeds, this is probably the place to find out.

You can join guided tours or attend workshops and talks if you want to know the difference between Red Orchid Bushes and Rose Natal Grass. The park holds regular events throughout the year, such as the Gardener’s Day Out, a quarterly event that aims to bring out the green thumbs in all of us.

Visitors just looking to unwind can simply enjoy the beauty of nature on display or engage in some fun activities for the kids. The Butterfly Garden, Lifestyle Corner and the Flora walk are some of the highlights of this ten-hectare park.

If you’re in HortPark, it’s easy to lose yourself in the tranquility of your surroundings, away from the urban buzz of Singapore. Best of all, you can wander around the rest of the Southern Ridges nearby, which include Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.