Singapore's Gardens by the Bay by Dr. Kiat Tan
12:00 - 1:00 pm in Selby's Great Room on the Bay
Entry to the lecture is included with admission to the Gardens - members free. Members and guest enter through the Welcome Center to attend the lecture.
A native of Singapore, Dr. Tan began his tertiary training as a botanist and horticulturist in this country, receiving his Ph. D. from University of Miami in 1974. His professional career began in Sarasota as Assistant Director in the development of the the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where he also served as first Director of the Orchid Identification Center of the American Orchid Society, and the Director of Selby's Museum of Botany and the Arts.
Dr. Tan, now the Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay, is also the Advisor to the National Parks Board of Singapore, a post created for him when he stepped down as the immediate past CEO of the National Parks Board and the Commissioner of Parks in 2006. He currently heads the development of Singapore's new Gardens by the Bay.
Conceived as the horicultural complement of Singapore's botanic institution, Gardens by the Bay is developed as a people's garden for leisure and entertainment. The Gardens are prominently situated on reclaimed land, and designated as the green lung for the new Downtown of the City of Singapore. The new Gardens by the Bay comprise three waterfront sites commanding 8.1 kilometers of promenade along the water's edge of Singapore's newest reservoir. Bay South, first of the three gardens to be developed, opened its doors to visitors in 2012. It has since received more than 5 million visitors, attracted by its iconic infrastructure and bold presentation of the rich biodiversity of tropical flora.
This talk serves to introduce the Selby community to Bay South, with an exposition of the what, why and how of the genesis of the Gardens by the Bay.