Updated: Mar 17, 2021
Voluntarily transforming his daughter's school garden into a beautiful, sustainable and creative eco-garden.
What’s your take regarding people who steal plants such as pandan leaves?
“Be positive, it's something that happens and to be expected by all gardeners. Be generous, give the produce to people, share, so people will rethink why they steal since it's given to them.”
- A quote mentioned by Hamzah Bin Osman on the CNA938 radio news recently (2020).
The man behind this inspiring quote is a father who has volunteered to transform his daughter’s school garden into an eco-garden - a passion for gardening that’s beyond words!
It is inspirational to witness someone who works as a full-time technician in an architectural company and yet he is still able to find the time and channel his energy to cultivate his daughter’s school garden by his own accord.
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When was it first started?
Hamzah Bin Osman had volunteered to transform his daughter’s school garden into an eco-garden approximately 9 years ago, when his daughter was enrolled into Teck Ghee Primary School (TGPS). He noticed that he needed to do something to the school garden in order to enhance its features and attract visitors to spend their time in the garden as well as learning something from it. He wanted the garden to be an eco-garden with different plants and an environment that would naturally attract animals. The school allowed him to turn his passion into good use.
His hobby for nature and gardening had already started back when he was young. He took up gardening courses to gain expertise and improve his skills. It was his passion to share his gained knowledge with other people.
His daily routine to tend Teck Ghee Primary School’s garden deserved to be applauded! As he sent his daughter to school everyday, he would spend 15 to 20 minutes to nurture the garden before he eventually left for work. He would even return to his daughter’s school to water the plants after his working hours, provided the school gate was still open.
Creative and Resourceful!
Hamzah made good use of recycled items to create the features in the eco-garden. Some of the examples were by utilizing old balls and already unused-floppy disks to form a flower pot. He also turned abandoned bed frames into shelters for the plants. The different collections of plants in the garden were from the contribution of the people who donate their plants as well as from plants that had been discarded and abandoned at the void decks.
What’s even more interesting is that …
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The garden was equipped with QR-codes created by Hamzah in which it would display detailed information regarding the plants found in Teck Ghee Primary School’s eco-garden! He also implemented his own created and unique terrariums into the eco-garden and placed them around the school. I would definitely love to visit the garden!
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