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.
Plants can be so much more than just decoration. We believe gardens should be productive too, and that gardening can help us become happier and healthier! Since 2012, we have been designing and building edible gardens, as well as organising educational and engaging gardening and nature-based programmes.
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.
EDIBLE GARDEN CITY's 7th floor urban farm at Funan is an educational showcase of indoor and soil-based farming, as well as vertical growing and aquaculture. 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. It is an example of how farming can be seamlessly integrated into city living.
The Funan Urban Farm is also also shaping up to be a community space for urban farmers and volunteers from all walks of life to enjoy some farming, right in the centre of the city. Besides volunteer sessions, we also work with CapitaLand and Funan tenants on workshops and tours themed in sustainability.
The Funan Urban Farm is an open-to-the-public interactive garden.
Lam Soon Singapore has embarked on a partnership with
EDIBLE GARDEN CITY to commemorate its 70th Anniversary.
We embarked on an ambitious CSR outreach project that will support Singaporeans in growing our own food, helping create a closer connection with our food, environment and the local community.
Lam Soon Singapore will be funding garden builds and wellness programmes in various organisations, while EGC heads the projects with our expertise. Beneficiaries include schools, elderly care centres, and rehabilitation and recovery centres. We are aligned in our passion for sustainability and community, and are excited to be working together to bring nature and farming closer to Singaporeans.
1-Arden Chef's Garden is an open-to-the-public sky garden with multiple themed garden beds, and unparalleled views.
Located on the 51st floor of CapitaSpring, the world’s highest edible garden offers panoramic views of the city, while boasting amazing close-ups of beautiful locally-grown produce.
More than 130 edible varieties are grown at the 1-Arden Food Forest. And the harvest is supplied to three restaurants in the building.
Currently, the garden is open to the public on weekdays at selected timings (except on PHs). While you’re up in the sky, visit Kaarla or Oumi for a cocktail or a meal, to enjoy the full farm-to-table experience.
Our Queenstown Farm is the beating heart of our social enterprise.
The biggest of the urban farms that we run, the Queenstown farm is not only a production space, but also a gathering space for fellow farmers, avid gardeners, and curious learners.
At the farm, we adopt a minimal-waste and closed-loop model of growing food, using the integration of both indoor and outdoor growing methods, paired with robust composting efforts. Everything is grown lovingly and responsibly - hand-tended, pesticide-free and with minimal waste. We aim to cultivate high-quality produce that is nutritious, fresh, local, and that helps to create positive social impact.
Discover: the produce we sell; our veggie box; the educational tours and workshops we hold there.
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. 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.
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, The Summerhouse.
MALLS, OFFICES & HOTELS
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!
Unfortunately, this hidden gem garden is not open to public.
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore
The hotel’s award-winning Urban Farm features lush vegetation, and the surrounding metal and wood structures form an aesthetic, modern industrial appearance. Climbing plants over grand arches provide shade to accessible decked walkways, while stone pathways invite sensorial
The Urban Farm’s harvest forms the backbone of the hotel’s farm-to-table, farm-to-bar and farm-to-spa concepts.
The Urban Farm is home to over 60 varieties of edible plants and encourages biodiversity. To close the loop, used coffee grounds from the hotel are composted along with organic material and used to nourish the soil.
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.
1-Arden Chef's Garden at CapitaSpring
More than 130 edible varieties are grown at the 10,000 sqft 1-Arden Chef’s Garden, with 7,500 sqft set aside for planting. Plants are grown based on menus devised by the culinary teams of three 1-Arden restaurants – Australian Kaarla, Japanese Oumi and Latin Sol & Luna.
The journey to the plate begins even before the seed hits the soil. Chefs and the Edible Garden City team have daily check ins via WhatsApp, and conversations about harvests, the day’s bounty and challenges are all discussed as a collective.
The result is a brilliant and lush garden in the sky, striking in its visual features – brightly-coloured flowers, crawling vines, tall trees and bountiful fruits. This dual focus on aesthetics and functionality is essential as the Chef’s Garden not only grows food for the restaurants, it also plays host to more than 300 visitors a day, including VIP guests.
Edible Garden City’s Head Gardener and the team work closely with chefs to address the culinary needs of the restaurants, while taking into consideration the varieties that can be healthily grown in the garden. About 80-90kg of produce is harvested monthly for the restaurants. Kaarla’s signature closed loop salad in particular highlights some of the freshest produce from the garden; some of the plants that feature on that plate include Fame Flower, Feather Cockscomb, Wild Pepper, Roselle, Cranberry Hibiscus, Tigernut and Daikon Radish.
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 veterans.
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.
Our very first Edible Gardens in CBD Shenton Way, OUE Downtown is a 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, turmeric, yams, aloe vera, saw tooth corianders and much more.
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering
The PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering urban farm is home to more than 50 varieties of herbs and vegetables, grown specially for the hotel's restaurants, lounge and spa. Edible flowers and leaves like butterfly sorrel, pentas and blue pea add a vibrant burst of colour. These are complemented by local staples like chilli, curry leaf and basil and Mediterranean herbs like rosemary and oregano. The planting palate was decided in close collaboration with the hotel and culinary team, for an unforgettable farm-to-table, farm-to-bar and farm-to-spa experiences.
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.
Other mall, hotel and office builds include: 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 - after which 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.
In 2023, with a sponsorship from Borouge, the school was able to install greenhouses for leafy greens to be cultivated.
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.
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.
Damai Primary School
Aspiring to be a school in a garden rather than a garden in a school, Damai Primary School is passionate about sustainability and holistic learning.
The 150sqm edible garden on the school's rooftop provides an opportunity for learning and engagement amongst the young students.
The build was accompanied by the Uplift! Programme, which taught therapeutic horticulture strategies to teachers and guided both students and teachers on how to care for, identify, and harvest plants.
The garden was designed around the existing winding concrete pathway, utilised sustainable composite wood in its structures, and integrated pre-existing edible plants in its design. Brightly-coloured edible flowers, such as the Butterfly Blue Pea and Honolulu Creeper, as well as beautiful Torch Ginger plants, provide a stunning view.
Meanwhile, herbs such as Lemongrass, Thai Basil, and Rosemary create a medley of scents. The sense of touch is not forgotten as different types of leafy greens and fruiting vegetables, such as Brazilian Spinach, Wild Watercress, and Okra offer different textures to explore.
Overall, not only is the garden a multi-sensorial experience for the curious child, but it can be used in hands-on learning activities.
The Uplift! Programme’s goal was to improve the lives of both teachers and students through gardening. Our first session was “train-the-trainer”, where we taught teachers the social and personal wellness benefits of gardening, and how to design engaging gardening courses. The remaining 10 sessions were conducted to teach both students and teachers alike how to identify, care for and harvest plants.
This build and programme for Damai Primary School is supported by Lam Soon Singapore.
Raffles Girls' School
The garden at Raffles Girls’ School was conceived to complement the in-classroom Science and Sustainability curriculum, and to give students an engaging outdoor classroom that is conducive for learning, beautiful and productive.
Making use of the existing, organically-shaped beds that invite students to meander and explore endlessly, the garden helps students to immerse themselves into the garden as a means of relaxation.
The two main zones in the garden are Grow & Harvest and Learn - The Living Lab. The former will be where students learn about soil, and where the bulk of the vegetables and herbs will be grown. Both annuals like leafy greens, and perennials like Laksa leaves, will be grown.
The latter is further divided into a Food Forest to reflect the an appreciation for ecosystems, a Kitchen Garden for farm-to-table cooking activities, and a Sensory Garden to facilitate learnings in Science.
Students and staff have experimented with familiar varieties like okra, tomatoes and brinjal in the kitchen garden, and witness the entire journey of the food from seed to plate.
The Sensory Garden will highlight Sight, Task, Smell and Touch, and will feature fragrant Passionfruit Marigold, beautiful Cranberry Hibiscus, Roselle and fuzzy Vicks Plant. And of course students will get to taste all these edible varieties and delight in the range of flavours their garden can offer.
The Raffles Institution Science Eco Garden supports the teaching and learning of the Science Curriculum, promotes botanical experimentation, and serves as a tranquil and natural space for the school community to unwind and appreciate nature.
The 4 zones of the 220 sqm garden boast more than 30 types of plants. Each zone encourages students to interact with the garden in different ways, thus resulting in a myriad of learning opportunities.
For instance, the Urban Farm provides a platform to stimulate discussion and activate authentic learning for Food Resilience and Sustainability. There, leafy greens and fruiting veggies are grown from 14 planter beds, with enough room for 20 students to exercise their green fingers at any one time.
At the Root Vegetable zone, grow bags with a detachable “window” are included for students to observe the development of roots without removing the plant.
The garden also features herbs and spices used in different cultures - Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Mediterranean. Through the Science Eco Garden initiative, students and staff will deepen their understanding of the importance of food and environmental sustainability as part of the MOE’s Eco Stewardship Programme, nurturing the next generation of environmental stewards under the SG Green Plan 2030.
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.
HEB-Ashram Halfway House
The Hindu Endowment Board Ashram Halfway House Eco-Garden 2.0 was officially launched by Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 23 July 2022.
Brinjal, Okra, Kailan, Sweet Potatoes, and more are sheltered from the elements in 6 cozy “greenhouses”, surrounded by vegetable beds, which we designed and built. Along with expanding the existing Eco-Garden, we also grew the skillsets of 11 current and ex-residents of HEB-Ashram.
Our Basic Maintenance Programme taught them fundamental gardening skills, to aid in their rehabilitation and reintegration into society and improve their moods. Gardening is a healthy hobby that is able to relax the mind, build self-esteem, and foster a sense of accomplishment with each harvest. Beyond a hobby, the residents may use the skills they have learned to pursue jobs in eco-farming, horticulture, and landscaping.
This build was generously sponsored by Lam Soon Singapore.
Rise Above Halfway House
The Rise Above Halfway House was officially launched by Minister K Shanmugam on 4 July 2023. Rise Above is the first secular female halfway house, run by PPIS - The Singapore Muslim Women's Association.
The meandering garden features flowers like pentas, flavourful leaves like cranberry hibiscus, and fragrant herbs such as dog fennel. The plants are tended to by residents - or Risers as they are called. The produce is used in the kitchen, as well as in culinary classes where Risers can earn relevant certification that will aid in the securing of jobs.
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:
- Gardening workshops with beneficiaries
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