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The Spice Garden which you can explore at the Fort Canning Hill is a replica of the original which Raffles, founder of Singapore built. In the past the experimental botanical gardens stretched all the way from Fort Canning to Bras Basah. It was an experimental garden as Raffles wanted to try having spices grown in Singapore. Seeds of spice plants were imported from overseas, eg cloves and nutmeg. However, the experiment was not a successful one. Firstly, the soil was not as fertile as Indonesia's and it was too expensive to run this garden and back in those days, it was a hefty $60 per month to maintain it.

Now, at the Spice Garden, which is located near the cemetry gate if you walk up from Phlitalic Museum, you would be able to see plants such as :
- Nutmeg trees (pick up a fresh leaf on the ground, crashed it and smell the aroma of the plant). Nutmeg fruits are used for many purposes. The flesh of the fruit can be preserved and eaten and the lacy seeds, known as the mace are normally used in stews. Nutmeg oil is also a produce of nutmeg seeds. It helps to cure flatulence.
- Clove plants (pick up a dry leaf, as dry as possible from the ground, crashed it and you can smell the nice clove smell. If you are familiar with masala tea, that's the smell). Again, cloves are used as flavouring in dishes.
- Vanilla plants which coil around.
- Screwpine leaves or commonly known as pandan leaves. Pandan leaves are used in local dishes such as nasi lemak and the chicken rice and most peranakan malay dishes.
- Kaffir lime. The leaves are used in beef rendang and tom yam soup. As the lime fruits are a little bitter as compared to other lime fruits, the fruits are not usually used.
- Lemongrass
- Cinnamon. There are 2 types of cinnamon trees. One is for its leaves which are used to make chinese joss sticks (used for workshipping) and te other is for its bark normally use for cooking.
- Different types of ginger
- Durian trees with durians growing on it if the season is right. Month of July/August.

Address: Fort Canning
Directions: There is a map of Fort Canning at the gate to the Fort Canning Green.

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  • Updated Jul 15, 2006
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