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How we built the Ulam Garden

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Ulam Garden (before)

Hello all! It’s Tuesday!

In today’s post, we would like to share with you our pre-Ulam Garden and how it had slowly shaped up since May 2017, through the hard work and efforts of many volunteers.

On 14 May 2017, Sunday, a “Thematic Garden” Whatsapp chat group was set up for a group of volunteers that came together to be a part of the Ulam Garden Project. To embark on the journey, we researched on the nasi ulam dish to find out the herbs used, the conditions needed to plant them in the garden; we also met up to discuss the design of the garden and how to bring our Ulam Garden idea to fruition. Together, we set our eyes on revamping a small plot of land in our Amaze Farm (one of the farming plots in the Kampung Kampus).

Here’s how the pre-garden looked like in its original state.

PC: Imran (our regular volunteer!)

We are very thankful that groups after groups of volunteers came together to weather the sun and heat with us, to help to dismantle the wooden planks that were previously in place and also to level the ground, in preparation for the building of the Ulam Garden.

PC: Imran (our regular volunteer!)

On 7 June 2017, Wednesday, we finally completed leveling the ground to make way for our Ulam Garden. We were one step closer to turning an idea into a reality. Isn’t this amazing?

PC: Zhi Xian

What do you notice in the following picture? Hint: stones, triangular wooden fixture, rubber tyres.

“Hmmm…. Materials that are not often found in a conventional garden are actually found in our Ulam Garden… What were they doing there?”

You will find out how we put them to use shortly!

PC: Hwee Min

Besides the only triangular wooden fixture in the above picture, now we are looking at more of them and this time round, they were being stacked up!

You must be wondering… What is going on? How does this have to do with the Ulam Garden? Don’t herbs/plants grow in pots?

PC: Ken (he led the Thematic Garden project!)


PC: Hwee Min

Surprise! We have actually made our own pyramid garden planters by upcycling wooden planks and giving them a fresh new breathe of life! For the herb spiral that you see below, this was inspired by what Imran (one of our regular volunteers!) saw back in France and he led a group of volunteers to build the Kampung Kampus’ first herb spiral!

PC: Chun Yeow

What did you think the rubber tyres were turned into? Minion planters! They were inspired by the pictures of minion planters we saw online and we felt that we could definitely have this right in our Ulam Garden. Thank you to the following volunteers for creating these eye-catching planters! Featuring one of the two minion planters.

PC: Hwee Min

Revamping a garden is not a walk in the park. It takes a lot of time, effort, perseverance and belief from many parties to turn this into a possibility.

Therefore, we would like to take this time to express our gratitude to Ken for leading this project along with the team – Joanna, Zhi Xian, Hwee Min, Denise, Jasline, Mei, Kam Yen, Joshua, Chun Yeow, Selena, Si Jing, Imran, Daphyne and Dionne.

We would also like to give a big Thank You to all the volunteers that have played a part in building this Ulam Garden! 谢谢! Terima Kasih! நன்றி!

Thank you for taking the time to read and here’s wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

We will be uploading a new post once every month on Tuesday. Do stay tuned to our very next post (27 February) where we will share with you how the garden looks like with all the plants and herbs growing! 

Please take note:

Ulam Garden is currently not open to the public.

However, if your organisation or company is interested to organise a team-bonding programme where the staff get to visit the Ulam Garden, personally harvest the herbs required, and cook up a delicious plate of nasi ulam together, you are most welcome to contact us here.

If you are interested to volunteer with GUI, we will be very grateful to have you! You can reach out to us here.

For more information on GUI, feel free to explore GUI’s website!

Hope to see you around in the Kampung Kampus!

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