Botanic Gardens chief Nigel Taylor stepping down next week

He cites getting gardens onto Unesco list as proudest moment over 8 years in Singapore

Under Dr Nigel Taylor’s watch, the Singapore Botanic Gardens became the first and only tropical botanic garden to make the Unesco World Heritage List. He admits to leaving reluctantly, and is hard-pressed to pick a favourite spot in the gardens as “every
Under Dr Nigel Taylor’s watch, the Singapore Botanic Gardens became the first and only tropical botanic garden to make the Unesco World Heritage List. He admits to leaving reluctantly, and is hard-pressed to pick a favourite spot in the gardens as “every spot is my favourite”. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Pereskia marcanoi, a rare cactus grown by Dr Taylor in his Tanglin garden. His personal cactus collection has been donated to the Singapore Botanic Gardens' nursery, while 3,000 seeds he produced by crossing plants will go to the Millennium Seed Bank in K
Pereskia marcanoi, a rare cactus grown by Dr Taylor in his Tanglin garden. His personal cactus collection has been donated to the Singapore Botanic Gardens' nursery, while 3,000 seeds he produced by crossing plants will go to the Millennium Seed Bank in Kew Gardens in Britain. PHOTO: COURTESY OF NIGEL TAYLOR
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In the eight years since he put down roots here, Singapore Botanic Gardens chief Nigel Taylor has fallen for the country, the people, the gardens under his care and the food.

But another love will soon be whisking him away.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2019, with the headline Botanic Gardens chief Nigel Taylor stepping down next week. Subscribe