A Librarian’s World – Greening of Singapore Through Time


Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library. It is a common misconception that the greening of Singapore started in 1967 when the Garden City vision was first introduced. However, primary materials from colonial Singapore suggest that this endeavour actually began as early as 1822. Join Librarian Lim Tin Seng as he pieces together Singapore’s greening journey using early maps, photographs, government records and primary documents from the collections of the National Library and National Archives of Singapore. You will learn about the establishment of the first Botanic Gardens in Fort Canning, the current Botanic Gardens in Tanglin and the nature reserves in Bukit Timah. In addition, you will be introduced to colonial tree-planting activities and the measures that led to the successful implementation of the Garden City vision. About the Speaker Lim Tin Seng is a Librarian at the National Library Singapore. His main responsibility is to create content that highlights the library’s collections. Tin Seng is a regular contributor to the library’s magazine BiblioAsia and is also the co-editor of Roots: Tracing Family Histories (2013), China’s New Social Policy: Initiatives for a Harmonious Society (2010), and Harmony and Development: ASEAN-China Relations (2009).