Dr. Kiat Tan
The Gardens by the Bay: A New Garden for Singapore
Join Dr. Kiat Tan for free Fuqua Lecture reflecting on the history, culture and phytogeography of Singapore. The Gardens by the Bay: A New Garden for Singapore aims to capture the expectations and wishes of the Singapore community. Set in a land of perpetual summer, the gardens bring a touch of spring and fall through displays in two glass conservatories.
A native of Singapore, Tan’s professional career began as assistant director in the development of the Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Florida, where he also served as the first Director of the Orchid Identification Center of the American Orchid Society and the Director of the Museum of Botany and the Arts of Selby Gardens. Returning to Singapore in 1983, Tan became the director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and later, the first CEO and Commissioner of Parks for the National Parks Board. As steward of Singapore’s nature reserves, NParks consolidated efforts to conserve the natural areas and biodiversity of Singapore. In addition to serving as advisor to the National Parks Board of Singapore, Tan heads the development of Singapore’s new Gardens by the Bay.
The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the families of Edwina and Tom Johnson, and Duvall and Rex Fuqua. Admission to the lecture is free, and no reservations are required.