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“Kew Gardens and Hampton Ct Flower Show rolled into one!”
Review of Hort Park

Hort Park
Ranked #135 of 856 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Learning and education are two of Hort Park’s main aims, and activities and events are held all year round to generate interest and enhance awareness of the area.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

So having done the Southern Ridges trail solo I decided to take the family …. This time, having completed the Forest Walk, instead of dropping down to the Alexandra Garden Trail and round Berlayer Creek (as I have done before), we crossed Alexandra Arch to have a look at Hort Park. What a fantastic surprise! Hort Park is not exactly an inspiring or exotic name yet it showcases gardens, glass houses and nurseries and leads to the Canopy Walk – it’s like a cross between London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and (a permanent) Hampton Ct Flower Show. I can’t believe this haven is such a secret. Even on a Sunday it was almost deserted - and it is FREE of charge – this will DEFINITELY become a favourite stamping ground. The great thing about all these sections of the Southern Ridges is that you can join it at given points. You can taxi up Mt Faber and walk down from there – or take a bus to the foot of the hill which leads to Henderson Waves – or take the MRT to Labrador Park and walk up to Hort Park. If you have a car there are a few car parks. I recommend visiting a few times and take it at a leisurely pace. There are so many little treasures along the way – beautiful views from the Southern Ridge and the exquisite horticultural aspects of Hort Park - ah THAT’s where the names comes from! There is a small but very nice visitors centre. Try and go when it is overcast and even raining slightly - it makes a lot of difference temperature-wise. This is really easy walking and you don't need hiking boots or anything - you can wear flipflops (like a real Singaporean!) - however if you stop to take in the view on the Canopy Walk you may suffer a few nasty nips from teeny ants - they really are miniscule but they deliver quite a bite. Consider wearing socks/trainers ....

4  Thank Jan E
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

I really enjoyed my couple of hours strolling with a friend through the park. What I liked is the fact that there are several options that you can choose depending on your needs. For us, the day was very hot and humid, so it was easy to cut the stroll short a little and still enjoy. What a love about Singapore is that creative, artistic people have come up with oases like Hort Park. In a city as busy as this, it's not possible to lay out a 20 acre park, so alternatives are devised that bring the same effect.

Thank TrevorHall
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I love the fact that it is linked all the way to Mount Faber. A good brisk walk location. A good family outing place too,

1  Thank GeorgeJorgimoto
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you love hiking, lotsa greenery, flowers and butterflies. Don't miss this Hort Park specially dedicated to flourish the horticulture in Singapore. This park opens at 6am which can be ideal as a starting point if you intend to continue the trail through the Alexandra Arch towards the Southern Ridges, passing by the Henderson Waves, coming to Telok Blangah Hill Park before reaching Mount Faber where you may want to choose to take a cable car ride to Sentosa. However, this mentioned itinerary will take about 4 hours at least. But the hike itself is quite enjoyable, i have spotted a squrriel which was very active and was "flying" past the trees branches around instead of scrambling into hiding immediately. It's quiet and refreshing to be away from the highrise buildings surrounding.

1  Thank KelineT
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

HortPark & Alexandra Arch is a centre for the Singaporean horticulture and landscaping industry to experiment, while simultaneously creating a beautiful community space. HortPark & Alexandra Arch actually comprises of 40 showpiece mini gardens, created by various companies and individuals. If you're a nature lover, you'll be doing yourself a favour by paying a visit to HortPark & Alexandra Arch!

Alexandra Arch is the Southern Ridges park connector for HortPark. Featuring a unique open leaf design, Alexandra Arch is also beautifully lit by LED at night.

Within HortPark, the one of the star attractions would be the Lifestyle Corner. Featuring ideas on creating a green home, the Lifestyle Corner focuses on greenery in urban living environments. I particulary liked their mini home gardens, and their green wall concepts.

HortPark has several award winning garden designs, some of which include Balinese Garden, Rasa Cinta, Peranakan Garden and Green CaRstle. Most of these are designed around a theme.

HortPark & Alexandra Arch is a lesser known attraction in Singapore, and is defintely worth a visit. It's a beautiful place for photo taking, and the various exhibits are laid out quite well. As an experimental grounds, this also means various exhibits will be changed from time to time, making repeat visits worthwhile.

if you're planning a visit, do note that admission is free, although parking charges apply if you drive. Allocate between 1 to 2 hours for viewing.

2  Thank RunningMan83
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