Singapore’s reputation as a “Garden City” is a big part of Singapore’s post-independence success story. Before the vision of a garden city was officially articulated in 1967, however, Singapore’s natural landscape was already being shaped by planners and architects in ways that continue to influence how Singapore is being developed today.

Launched by CDL and the National Parks Board (NParks) on 21 June 2019, “Singapore’s Greening Journey: 200 Years and Beyond” is an exhibition that explores the evolution of Singapore’s landscapes from 200 years ago, and how it will continue to develop into the future. The event, located at the CDL Green Gallery in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, is part of the Gardens’ 160th anniversary celebrations and the ongoing Singapore Bicentennial commemorations.

Minister Lawrence Wong officially opened the exhibition and highlighted in his remarks that “CDL clearly stands out as a champion for green and sustainable development.” He commended CDL as “an industry leader in green buildings, who for more than a decade has been supporting the government in many public outreach and education projects.”

Mr Sherman Kwek, CDL Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “For decades, the private sector has played a significant role in supporting the Government’s focus on imbuing our city with nature and CDL is glad to have contributed to this vision. We have established a great partnership with NParks over the years to promote the importance of greening Singapore through various collaborations including the CDL Green Gallery. We hope that the exhibition launched today will enable Singaporeans and foreign visitors to learn more about Singapore’s greening journey and aspirations to be a biophilic City in a Garden.”

“Singapore’s Greening Journey: 200 Years and Beyond” is open to visitors 9am to 6pm daily (except on the last Tuesday of each month). The exhibition will open until 10 November 2019.