“Like other natural landscapes in the airport’s buildings, we want these outdoor plants to last as long as possible,” says CAG horticulturist Atmas Shue. “Therefore, we select hardier plants that require less maintenance and watering but are still aesthetically pleasing.”
“For maintenance, we carry out inspections around Airport Boulevard every day with our contractors,” Atmas explains. “Trees are maintained periodically to ensure they are in the best possible condition at all times.”
In addition to Airport Boulevard, Atmas’ team also curates the vegetation along the roadways outside all terminal buildings, giving each terminal a distinct colour palette. For example, Terminal 3’s (T3) external landscape has a red theme, created with red bucidas, red ixoras and red and orange bougainvilleas.
“Our horticulture also helps to capture humidity and cool down an otherwise warm part of Singapore,” says Atmas. “Plus, they attract butterflies and ladybugs, which bring a nice, lively balance to the concrete buildings. It’s very beautiful that way!”
The next time you head to the airport, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful Airport Boulevard. For now, let’s all stay safe and look forward to brighter days ahead!