FOODSCAPE: WE DESIGN, BUILD AND MAINTAIN EDIBLE GARDENS
We have transformed ornamental gardens into beautiful and productive spaces full of food; turning ordinary lawns into flourishing food forests, and barren rooftops into lush herb and vegetable farms.
Singapore has always been known as a “Garden City”. Our streets are lined with trees. There’s greenery everywhere you look. Plants make a concrete city livable and beautiful. But plants can be so much more than just decoration. We believe gardens should be productive too. Since 2012, we have been designing and building edible gardens. We call this "Foodscaping".
To date, we have foodscaped over 260 edible gardens for restaurants, hotels, schools, office buildings, and private residential homes. Here are just some of the gardens we have built .
For commercial and non-residential builds, please enquire to find out how you can get started on an edible garden for your business.
For residential builds, please click below to find out more about the Residential Edible Garden Build Onsite Assessment and Proposal. An initial $200 fee is required for all home builds.
Open Farm Community
In this 10,000 sqft lush, tropical permaculture inspired edible garden, we planted 50 varieties of culinary herbs, edible flowers, local vegetables such as butterfly pea flowers, mexican tarragon, sayur manis, ulam rajah and philippine spinach which the chefs harvest from the garden twice daily before service. The produce is used for garnish and to add unique flavours to the dishes. The garden also boasts tropical fruit trees and beautiful chickens! The farm is open to the public whenever the restaurant is open. So pop on over, walk around and enjoy this wild food forest right in the city.
Hubers at Dempsey Hill
A great client who understands what it's all about: tasty, fresh and local. Here at Hubers, we used the wood from the old decking onsite that was headed for the dumpster to make recycled wooden planters at their new location in Dempsey Hill. In these planters, we grow herbs like basil, mint, dog fennel, rosemary, thyme and pandan. Stop by the planters and take in the scent of fresh herbs the next time you come by for your gourmet grocery needs.
Nestled in the heart of Sentosa Island, the fruit and herb garden at Capella Singapore brings nature and nurture together in perfect harmony. Plants in the garden have been specially selected to complement the pristine forested surroundings of the luxury resort, enticing the exotic creatures of the island to stay and play for a spell in the garden, while providing Capella’s chefs with exquisite, fresh harvests to delight and tantalise diners.
A lush sanctuary where nature flourishes. Our edible garden at The Summerhouse is bursting with flowers, fruits and local herbs used in the restuarant. Lemongrass, indian borage, mint, red hibiscus leaf, and basil are just a few varieties found in this tranquil and beautiful urban farm.
Other restaurants: Common Man Coffee Roasters, 40 Hands, Food for Thought, Jamie's Italian, Morsels, Sunday Folks, Bo Chin Che, Tippling Club, House, Plain Vanilla Bakery, Living Cafe, D'zert cafe, Cajun Kings.
MALLS, OFFICES & HOTELS
Our very first Edible Gardens in CBD Shenton Way, OUE Downtown is a spanking new commercial building that is built for the future. 5000 sq feet of beautiful edible gardens on the 5th floor patio serves to provide herbs, flowers and salad for the restaurants in the building. Over 50 local varieties are grown here: pandan, thai basil, chillies, pinto peanuts, wild pepper, ginger, tumeric, yams, aloe vera, saw tooth corianders and much more.
Singapore Power Group
The 150 sqm edible garden at the rooftop of the Singapore Power Group building is a project started and run by employees, for employees. Gardeners tend to their personal allotments and sell their harvests to other SPG staff, making the garden financially self-sustaining and a great way for employees to reduce stress, learn new skills and interact with their peers. Employees have shown overwhelming support for the garden: various plants have been donated, such as guava, pineapple and garlic, and several employees have taken part in the gardening.
Procter & Gamble
The P&G Herb Garden at the Singapore Innovation Centre is a welcoming sight for employees and visitors. It is home to 15 local plant species such as black face general, prunella vulgaris, butterfly pea and lemongrass - an array of herbs for the perfect cup of tea. The garden also serves as an ideal area for employees to take a break from work and for future team-bonding activities.
An ornamental rooftop garden existed at Wheelock since the beginning. Until 3 years ago, they asked us to take over 2 beds to transform it into a productive, edible farm. With our famous shopping district in the background, you will forget that we are right in the middle of the city when you see the produce we grow here in this permaculture style food garden. Eggplant, okra, tapioca and edible flowers like mexican tarragon, and butter pea flowers and close to 50 different varieties of edible plants. All grown to supply to our restaurant clients. This garden is not open to public.
We had the pleasure and pride to transform this rooftop space (which used to be a bougainvillea plot) into a productive farm. We started growing here for Farm to Beauty, but have since switched gears and this is now one of our two main spaces from which we supply our produce to restaurants and households. Due to the harsh conditions up on the rooftop (no shade and fully exposed to the environment), we mainly grow plants that grow well in those conditions, like cranberry hibiscus, moringa, sweet potato, buah long long, eggplant and more!
This garden is not open to public but it is possible to arrange for a private tour by contacting us.
RISE Herb Garden at Marina Bay Sands
Our first hotel project is now a beautiful and inspiring edible organic garden with 21 planter boxes, 10 dirt tower systems, 4 hydroponic towers and two green walls. Showcasing 25 varieties of edible plants including culinary herbs, edible flowers and small fruit trees. Chefs and bartenders harvest the herbs daily. Children play amongst the planters as their parents enjoy brunch; gardeners educate all interested as they come by to enjoy the lush tranquil green space just outside the restaurant and main lobby.
Lam Soon Singapore
Lam Soon Singapore wanted an edible garden where their staff could unwind and relax, either by gardening or simply enjoying the greenery (and the delicious harvests!). The narrow space was activated into a productive farm, with both elevated beds and shrubs lining either side of the walkway, for both accessibility and visual interest. We used corrugated steel for the beds to blend in with the wider industrial landscape, while using pine bark for the floor plane as a way to soften the hardscape. Airy Planting around the edges balances out the mass of the planters, while also giving the sense of a softly enclosed area for people to retreat to They opted for a mix of different types of edible plants, from herbs to edible flowers and fruits like papaya and chilli.This project is proof that there is no space too narrow to activate into a farm.
Funan Urban Farm
Farming in the city is key to growing food in our well-built and densely-populated urban scape. And it's not just a great way to turn otherwise unused spaces into productive farms, it's also a great way to bring the community together to learn about plants and our environment.
The Funan Urban Farm is testament to our efforts in greening, teaching and learning. It's both home to our volunteer programme for new gardeners from all walks of life, as well as a gathering space for seasoned farming vets.
Talk a walk around our educational showcase of indoor and soil-based farming, as well as vertical growing and aquaculture. This is one of the few urban farms in Singapore open to the public, and the first urban farm to be designed into a Singapore shopping mall from the onset.
Other mall, hotel and office builds include: Parkroyal Hotel Marina Bay, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Island Country Club
Pathlight school for autism focused learning was our very first school farm project where we not only help build and maintain their gardens, but are also hugely part of designing the farming curriculum for the students to receive vocational training in farming so that they gain a skill for future employment. In working with edible plants such as dill, wood sorrel, red leaf hibiscus, coffee, tonkin jasmine, okra, okinawan spinach, squash, mulberry, the students also gain soft skills such as following instructions, communicating with peers on the worksite, teamwork and patience. Farm size: approx 150 sqm.
Spectra Secondary School
This 160 sqm rooftop edible garden on Spectra School was a wonderful transformation of under-used space into a productive food giving garden that brings students, teachers and parents together. The students were involved with the build, planting and harvesting of the produce that gets sold at a farmers market - afterwhich the proceeds were donated to a charity. Over 70 varieties of plants are grown here including mint, basil, bilimbi, sugarcane, bananas, malabar spinach and papayas.
This generous 400 sqm permaculture food garden is used as a sensory garden for the hearing impaired children at the Canossian School. Over 50 varieties are grown here like sweet potato, tapioca, bananas, malabar spinach, kang kong and papaya. The raised beds were made using old door frames, wooden logs food forest style. Check out the last 2 photos for a before and after comparison!
The CHIJ Kellock Edible Garden, christened Laudato Si’ by the school, is a flourishing farm meant to excite the primary school students, and get them more involved in nature and gardening. The build was accompanied by a 10-week educational programme for both the Gardening Club as well as staff, with the course designed so that they would be able to maintain the garden on their own in the long term.
The space was designed to be cosy and immersive - with meandering pathways etched out using purposeful placement of planters, and archways that would not only provide some shade, but also additional dimension to the space. For ease of maintenance, an automated irrigation system was set up. A wide variety of plants were chosen, from climbing edible flowers, to lush leafy greens and fragrant herbs. A Mediterranean area was also carved out for herbs like rosemary. The selection was chosen for students to have greater choice when creating farm-to-table meals, or when operating their own farmer’s market.
The school now uses the garden as part of the teaching and learning in Science and Food Sustainability. Learning trails are developed so that students can learn the concepts as they observe plants and animals in the garden. Students involved in the school's Gardening CCA maintain the garden once a week. In line with the school’s vision, they use the produce to reach out to the lost, last and least. Occasionally, other learners are roped in to take care of the plants and cultivate a sense of responsibility and curiosity.
This build and programme was supported by Lam Soon Singapore.
NTU Residence Halls
With our help, direction and guidance, the students in three residence halls at NTU designed, built and maintain their own 100 sqm edible garden. Raised beds made with simple red bricks in a pattern designed by the students themselves. Over 50 varieties of edible plants thrive here including jambu, mulberry, lemongrass, holy basil, banana and papaya.
Naval Base Primary School
Naval Base Primary School’s edible garden, aptly named Garden of Hope, is an inspiring and inviting space that not only supports the school’s nature education, but is also where food is grown for the underprivileged in the community.
To create an outdoor classroom that is also a bountiful farm, our designers thoughtfully integrated different types of planters, to create a garden that is both productive and interactive, beautiful and welcoming. The garden boasts more than 30 varieties of plants, including leafy greens, edible flowers and fruiting plants.
In order to grow as much for the community as possible, Vegepods were used. Combined with dedicated maintenance from students, the set up will shorten growing cycles and maximise harvests.
Varieties like bak choy and kang kong were chosen for their familiarity within the community, as well as their manageable growing requirements. Meanwhile, the in-ground beds were employed to grow fruiting and flowering varieties. This added colour and texture to the garden, and created more elements for students and staff to interact with.
In order to create a space that would be conducive for students to huddle during programmes, the beds were laid out in a double-U shape, allowing students to gather around while still being immersed in the natural environment. To encourage incidental visitors to the garden, a foodscaped pathway was also created connecting the classrooms to the back gate, letting everyone enjoy the garden, even on their busiest of days.
It is important to the school that their students and staff are actively involved in the garden. Hence, we conducted a Garden Maintenance workshop for staff, including the principal. We will also be running a programme for the students to teach them how to care for and enjoy the garden.
This build and programme for Naval Base Primary School is supported by Lam Soon Singapore.
Other schools: SJI international , National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, The Garden House Preschool, United World College, Ministry of Education, Blangah Rise, Victoria School, Nanyang Junior College, Monfort Secondary school, West View Secondary School.
Interested in setting up an edible garden for your home?
Nothing beats having fresh produce growing right at home. Whether you have just a little HDB balcony, corridor or a bigger backyard on your landed property, we can build gardens for you that will start from $1500 onwards.
Start by getting an onsite assessment and customised proposal; more info on payment here. Appointments are only on weekdays, 10am to 5pm. Our team will contact you to arrange for a suitable time and date.
Give the gift of gardening, and let kindness bear fruit.
Gardening has proven to be physically, emotionally and mentally beneficial for at-risk groups like elderly or Dementia sufferers. Extend a helping hand to a charity, volunteer or welfare organisation, by sponsoring a garden build!
On top of the garden build, help to activate the space and bring cheer to the beneficiaries. Additional sponsorship activities include:
- Staff members assisting with garden build as part of a CSR day
- Gardening workshops with beneficiaries
Find out more by emailing email@example.com.
Singapore Land Authority joined us to build an edible garden for St Joseph's Home.
“Love the turnout of my edible garden. The plants are interesting and look great. After 1 month we started being able to harvest and use them in our cooking! Also love the passion and dedication of the team behind. Can’t wait to see how it progresses.”