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Singapore

Searching for the green in this garden city

NÓNG at Hort Park

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NÓNG at Hort Park

I dare you not to buy anything

 

[Editor’s note: NÓNG has sadly closed but their products are still available online] When I first heard about NÓNG, the retail gardening arm of Edible Garden City, I couldn't make the connection between the name and gardening. Was it supposed to be food-related (à la Cookie Monster's om nom nom) or just a made-up, catchy name (like Spanx)?  

 
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It was only after a late night photo-editing session when I was finally enlightened. NÓNG is the first character in 农夫 or farmer in simplified Chinese.

 
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Bone meal is exactly what it sounds like: a gritty fertilizer of crushed and finely-ground animal bones used to add phosphorus and calcium.

 
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Getting here

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NÓNG is located within Hort Park, a national park and "a one-stop gardening resource centre that brings together gardening-related, recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one big canopy in a park setting." It's part of the Southern Ridges and accessible via Alexandra Arch, which is the route I took.

 
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Even if you aren't a gardener, NÓNG is still worth a visit. Hort Park is considerably less crowded than the Botanic Gardens and if your life is sorely lacking beauty, a visit will give you life.

 
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