” Greetings from Tropical Spice Garden!”
Research shows that healthy kids are active outdoor, and most adults who enjoy outdoor activities today first learned them as kids.
The biggest obstacles to today children being allowed out are the fear of the children’s safety, and also the influence from the modern day gadgets.
Here at the Tropical Spice Garden, we encourage the children to escape from the modern days of technology, amuse themselves in the nature, at the same time learning about science.
Being a naturalist does not mean by you have to be an expert on plants or animals, or being in a environmental career, you just have to be a little more observant, patient, pay attention and willing to spend more time outdoor!
Sign up your children for the outdoor science 1- day program ” I’m a Junior Naturalist” now!
Contact us for further details! This could be one of the most unforgettable memories for your kids!
Tropical Spice Garden: Asia’s Hidden Eden charts the inspiration and passion behind Tropical Spice Garden, Malaysia’s award-winning Garden set in a secondary tropical jungle.
Home to over 500 species of exotic tropical flora and fauna, the Garden was inspired by Penang’s heritage as a bustling spice island; a place where traders from the East and West came to find adventure and fortune, leaving behind a lasting multi-cultural legacy.
Juxtaposed against the history of the global spice trade is the Garden’s development and evolution over a 10-year period. From design ethos to plant choice, the challenge of creating the Garden in a secondary jungle is retold by the people who know and love Tropical Spice Garden best.
“We are so thrilled to present to you our Tropical Spice Garden story in this wonderful book that will take you beyond just the perimeters of this garden,” says Katharine Khoo, Managing Director of Tropical Spice Garden at the recent 10th Anniversary Launch. “We want this book to inspire and we also want this book to be taken home with as many visitors to this island as possible, so that they make take a little piece of Penang home with them.”
It was a very exciting and memorable day for Tropical Spice Garden (TSG) as we launched our 10th Anniversary month, together with our newly published book Tropical Spice Garden: Asia’s Hidden Eden and the opening of our new trail Beverages of the World.
The event was officiated by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng (CM) and attended by officials and representatives of the tourism industry in Penang.
The day began with the unveiling of the TSG Rapid Penang bus. Ten representatives and officials – YAB Lim Guan Eng, YB Danny Law (EXCO Tourism, Development & Culture), David & Rebecca Wilkinson (Founders of TSG), Kenneth & Katharine Khoo (Directors of TSG), Lim In Chong (landscape designer for TSG), Ms Ooi Geok Ling (Penang Global Tourism), Ch’ng Huck Teng (Chairman of ATAP), Mary Ann Harris (Chairman of MAH) and Chin Poh Chin (President of PTGA) − boarded the bus in front of Bayview Beach Resort to TSG for the milestone event.
They arrived to the welcoming cheers of staff and guests as well as the chorus of the Spice Girl’s Spice Up Your Life. The entrance was a medley of colours with members of staff decked out in Spice Out! t-shirts and colourful trousers, waving painted signs.
Without further ado, guests were escorted to the Water Garden which for the welcome speeches starting with Katharine Khoo, Managing Director of TSG. “ If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be standing here today addressing all of you here today, I may not have believed you!” she began.
“In the last ten years, visitors and friends of the gardens have described Tropical Spice Garden as a labour of love. If you could see into my minds eye and the memories that are captured within, I can say that this surely is an indisputable fact. Our little pocket of paradise has warmed the heart of each of our team members over the years and each visitor that have walked through our doors.”
The CM who has always shown support for eco-tourism in Penang commended TSG for setting the bar as an internationally renowned eco-attraction on the island. “When TSG opened in 2003 it was a premier attraction in the green lung of Teluk Bahang paying homage to Penang’s natural history and the significance of the spice trade centuries ago. There were not many internationally rated attractions at the time”
Admitting that he took time out of his busy schedule just to attend the event he said, “When the invitation arrived, I said we had to try to fit it in. Because we don’t only want to show support but also to celebrate excellence.” He continued, “TSG is one of those few (attractions) that we can be proud of and have also encouraged others to up their game.”
As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, TSG also introduced the newly published Tropical Spice Garden: Asia’s Hidden Eden which charts the inspiration and passion behind TSG. The book, which is available in hardback and paperback is packed with full colour photography, gardening tips, recipes and fascinating tales of spices. “We believe a good thing is meant to be shared,” says Katharine. “We have endeavoured to share a story of the spice heritage of Penang and the great pride we take in being a living testimony to that.”
Following a quick photo session with the VIPs holding copies of the new book, guests were led to the Beverages of the World for the opening ceremony of the new trail. The new section of the garden showcases the three major beverage crops of the world – tea, coffee and cocoa. The CM was invited to symbolically plant a tea sapling as a gesture of the continuous growth and development within the Tropical Spice Garden and Penang.
Tropical Spice Garden holds claim to be the only spice garden of its size and nature in the country. And yet there is still more to be accomplished. Speaking about the future, Katharine says “During Visit Malaysia Year 2014 we intend to announce more children’s related and guided tour related value add-ons. So stay tuned for more to come!”
TSG turns 10 and we’re throwing a fiesta! So get ready to Spice out!
Date: 30th November 2013, Saturday
Time: 9am – 6pm
Entrance fee: RM10 per person. FREE for children aged 4 and below
Starting out in 2003 as a showcase garden of tropical plants, TSG has since expanded its facilities and services to include Guided Tours, a custom built Cooking School, curio-style Gift Shop, Venue Hire for weddings, Team-building and Nature Education Programs.
For over a decade the garden has welcomed nature lovers of all ages to explore and discover the versatile wonders of over 500 species of tropical plants, herbs and spices.
Now we would like to invite you to join us for a celebration of nature and culture. Highlighted events include Art exhibition by Urban Sketchers, musical installations by LUMA, clowns, traditional games, all-day cooking demos and much much more!!
Like us on FB and stand a chance to win exclusive 10th Anniversary memorabilia. Stay tuned for updates!
In conjunction of our 10th Year Anniversary celebration, Cooking School will be paying tribute to 1 spice each week which are being use in various cuisine from Malay to Nyonya Chinese, Indian & Thai. Do check out our online menu and book your most preferred class with us! Also in the same month we will be having 1 day “Mini Cooking Classes” at a very attractive rate. Limited seats so hurry and book early!!
The Best of Malaysia Awards are back and Tropical Spice Garden is once again in the running to be Best Tourist Experience 2013!
For those who have already cast your votes, a huge THANK YOU for your solidarity and support 🙂
We are keeping, fingers and toes crossed to WIN at the awards which takes place in November. This would make for a memorable and exciting start to Tropical Spice Garden’s 10th Anniversary year.
And it all depends on YOU the public. The Best of Malaysia Awards take an overview of the Malaysian hospitality industry from hotels, beach resorts, attractions, spas and more, providing a 100 per cent public-driven award system, the only one of its kind in the country.
With your votes we made quite an impressive debut at the awards last year. We came in a close second – an excruciating handful of votes away from the winning prize. So this year, we would like to once again ask for your support in voting for Tropical Spice Garden.
Voting ends 30th Sept, so hurry and help us WIN this year!!
How to vote:
1. Go to website at www.expatriatelifestyle.com/boms2013
2. Fill in details and security code.
3. Go to Best Tourism Experience (13) in list of categories and click on ‘Please Select One’ box.
4. Select Tropical Spice Garden, Penang which is at the bottom of the list.
5. Click ‘Submit’.