Persatuan Pekebunan Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan
Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society
(251 Selangor)
All Things Grow with Love

Our Esteemed Patron
YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Chong Hon Nyan
PSM, DSGM, JMN, KMN, AMN, MA (Cantab), RCD (Singapore), DSc (Hon)

by Dr Tan Swee Lian, President of SFTGS

When we hear of edible flowers, these usually refer to temperate-type flowers. Come and be surprised by the range of flowers of local tropical plants which can be eaten. Many of these plants can even be found in your own garden!

Date: Saturday, 22 October 2016
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: Damansara Jaya Community Centre, 1A, Jalan SS 22/26, Damansara Jaya

As there is very limited parking along Jalan SS 22/26, please park along Jalan SS 22/11 where there are parking lots. No parking fees on Saturday! It is just a short walk to the venue from there. Please do not park outside people’s houses and inconveniencing them.

There will be a charge of RM10.00 for members and RM15.00 for non-members to pay for rental of the venue.

Please confirm your attendance with Ms Lina Santiago (016-2318504/ 011-28588786) – call or sms.


by Ms Peggy Cheng — Founder of Ganofarm Sdn Bhd

Ms Cheng will share with us the benefits of mushrooms in our daily diet, and show how we can grow our own mushrooms at home. She will also provide recipes for cooking gourmet mushroom dishes.

Date: Saturday, 5 November 2016
Time: 3pm
Venue: Grusonn Wellness Café — concept café featuring mushrooms as healthy food in our daily diet — G-01 SkyPod Square (next to IOI Business Park), Persiaran Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong

The charge for both the talk and tea is RM25.00 per person, payable to the café. Family and friends of members are also welcome.

This event is also open to others and the café has a capacity of 50 persons only, so (to avoid disappointment) please reserve your seat/s early by calling Ms Cheng at 013-2878900.


Our Annual Dinner will be on 26 November (Saturday at 7.30pm in PAUM (Persatuan Aluminini Universiti Malaya) Cub House, Jalan Susur Damansara, off Jalan Damansara Sprint, 59100 Kuala Lumpur) announced in the newsletter already sent to you. We would like to urge you to come in full force to show support for your society. Bring your family and friends to share in this annual event. One table costs only RM700 or RM70 per person. Do book early so that we can finalize numbers with the caterers within the stipulated period

For Payment: Payment can be made by banking directly into SFTGS’s Public Bank Account No 3098823329. Please email the scanned bank slip to Ms Lina Santiago (lina.laplants.santiago@ Or, you can pay by cheque in favour of ‘Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society’.

Please be reminded that once a booking has been confirmed, you will be charged accordingly whether or not you turn up as SFTGS will have to pay the agreed sum to PAUM.

Last year, we heard some grumbles about the poor quality of lucky draw gifts. Please understand that these gifts are only as good as what Members donate. We are NOT a rich society which can afford to buy expensive items for the lucky draws.

On that note, we welcome any sponsorships or donation of prizes in the form of Cash or Kind. To keep to a gardening theme, do donate:

  1. Potted plants (flowering/non-flowering herbs)
  2. Gardeing tools
  3. Gardeing/Recipe books
  4. Seed packets
  5. Books/Shopping vouchers

Please inform Ms Lina Santiago (016-2318504/ 011-28588786 call or SMS) before 20 November 2016 about the items you wish to sponsor/donate. The items can be sent to Ms Lina’s residence at 32 Jalan 14/56, 46100 Petaling Jaya. Items donated can also be brought to PAUM on the evening of the Dinner.

Remember we depend on the generosity of Members, and please feel charitable!

Thank you and regards.

Tan Swee Lian, President, SFTGS

Volume 3 - Climbers, Bulbs,
Rhizomes, Tubers, Foliage Plants

This third volume of “Gardening in Malaysia” as with our previous two volumes, provides gorgeous photographs accompanied by useful information about the plants themselves. The subjects of this volume are climbers, bulbs, rhizomes, tubers and foliage plants. Some as you will appreciate are prima donnas like stephanotis demanding constant attention, while others like Honolulu creeper will happily reach for the sky with hardly a glance. We hope this volume will help you choose the most suitable plant for your garden. In addition there are eighteen chapters, many more than in previous volumes, with practical advice to guarantee you the most beautiful specimens of these lovelies.

ISBN 978-967-11225-2-5, A5 (146x207mm) size, Softcover, Colour plates

Price: RM28 per copy. Price inclusive of packing and postage (within Malaysia Only). Download this form for your orders. Contact: Selangor & FT Gardening Society h/p 011-28588786 or Lina Santiago 016-2318504.

Contents of Issue 2 - 2016:

  • Common Disorders of Mango
  • Editorial
  • Growing Mango in Home Gardens
  • Mango Varieties
  • Visitors from the UK
  • Plants from David Yeo's Garden
  • Home Gardening in the Suburb of Melbourne, Australia
  • Traditional Vegetarian Dish of Kerala, India 'Avial'
  • Trivia
  • The Language of flowers
  • Perak Herb Park Tour
  • Birth Flowers
  • Photos

A suggestion was made by one of our members at our last AGM to organize a talk on “Garden design”. In response to this suggestion, we have approached Terra Garden Sdn Bhd to give such a talk. They have given a most favourable reply, and made the following generous proposal:

To make the talk more interesting, two (2) members’ gardens will be used as case studies for the talk, and these members will be entitled to the design free-of-charge.

Those who are interested to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime offer of a free garden design, please submit your name, address and contact telephone number. The first two who reply by e-mail with full details and complying to the following rules will be selected.


  1. Your Garden must be part of a link or terrace house. not a semi-D or bungalow.
  2. Your address must be in the Klang Valley, preferably in Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya.
  3. You need to allow Ms Rina Ho from Terra Garden free access to visit your garden to take stock of its size, shape and other features.

The talk is schedule for 10 December 2016.

May I remind everyone that when you respond to SFTGS e-mail, kindly use the "Reply" button and NOT "Reply to All". Not everyone on the mailing list wishes to read your reply.

Tan Swee Lian, President, SFTGS

Look out for Coming Attactions for 2016!

1. Half-day Gardening Course on "Composting and Pruning" at UPM Serdang by a Master Gardener in 2016. Fee: RM30 per head. limited to 20 persons only! Please pre-register to be guaranteed a place.

Guide to Gardening in Small Spaces

We are proud to announce that Ms Stephanie Choo, one of our members as well as a columnist in NST, has published the above book. The book is published by MPH under its MasterClass Series (no less!).

Those of you who live in a terrace or link house with limited garden space, or in an apartment with no land to speak of, will find this book full of useful information for gardening with such restrictions.

The book, in full colour, sells at RM35.90 per copy, and is available at all MPH bookstores. Do get yourself a copy!

— Dr Tan Swee Lian, President, SFTGS