Senior Manager (Conservatory Operations)
School of Study
The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Applied Science (Urban Horticulture)
Pushing New Boundaries
My experience studying overseas has been eye-opening and inspiring. Having studied in Singapore all my life with a large part of it being classroom-bound, the lecture styles, pedagogy and out-of-classroom learning in the curriculum came as a pleasant surprise to me. To excel in horticultural studies, I feel that the inculcation of knowledge and skills comes largely from putting what you learn to actual practice, and not just listening to what the lecturer preaches. So I appreciate that the University of Queensland advocates broad-based and holistic learning that extends beyond the classroom.
The course has given me the opportunity to go on multiple field trips, exposing me to varying horticultural technologies, methodologies, and management methods. Through these experiences, I have gained insights to the different practices with varying plant types and climates. With such knowledge, I feel more confident in contributing to Gardens by the Bay, and in turn Singapore’s horticulture domain. I hope I can introduce and impart some of the practices and technologies to further the Gardens’ standing as a world-class horticulture attraction.
I am a Manager in the Cloud Forest Conservatory. I care for the Lost World and the Cloud Forest mountain. My work includes the maintenance of the landscape, monitoring health levels of the various temperate plant species, and ensuring that the plants flourish for the enjoyment and viewing pleasure of plant enthusiasts and visitors alike. Most importantly, I have to ensure the Cloud Forest looks clean, presentable and appealing, and see to the smooth running of daily operations.
Every day is a new learning experience for me – from introducing and preserving the authenticity of imported flowers and plants, to maintaining the aesthetics of the ever-changing landscape. Work here is never boring, which is what I love and treasure. While the job may be very mobile and exciting, it does not come without its challenges.
In order to truly enjoy this line of work, you need to have the heart for the greens. If you really love horticulture, this is what will set you apart and keep you striving on despite the hurdles tossed your way.
Changing the Face of Horticulture
Seeing how GB contributes to the tropical Eden of Singapore in an unconventional way, changing the landscape of horticulture through the use of innovative, cutting-edge technology, really makes me proud that I am a part of this movement that places Singapore amongst the global ranks of prestigious and established gardens.