How Does Your Garden Grow?

9 Jun

skygarden 04In SM North EDSA’s case, very well, thank you.

In this season of unexpected and erratic weather, it was surprising and, yes, refreshing to find an oasis of calm within this bustling city. In the last few years.  high rises and massive malls have dominated the landscape of Metro Manila’s largest city such that it had become difficult to find even just a sliver of free space. 

We were pleasantly surprised, however, when we visitedskygarden 01 SM North EDSA, our favorite mall, and witnessed how its recent transformation (part of a PhP2B renovation plan) has made malling more than simply a shopping experience. In the space between the new Annex and the second floor of the main department store building hangs an elevated park aptly called The Sky Garden. Opened to the public last May 25, it was formally inaugurated on May 29 by SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy.

The weather was perfect that night. It had not rained heavily in a while and the cool evening breeze was rejuvenating. A leisurely stroll along the 400-meter canopied walkway that spanned the length of the garden revealed a beautifully landscaped space that boasts of vibrant greens (55 species of plants, we were told) and elegant water features (my favorites are the Japanese rock garden and the cascade waterfall which uses recycled water, yay!).skygarden 05

A and I were thrilled. We are regulars of SMNE, and were we count to times we visit the mall in a month, we would have to use more than our hands to register the actual number. That we now have another green space so near our home (and much nearer than the QC Park) adds to the attraction this place holds for us. He and I have are already making plans to run a race one bright morning, just to see if we can break Michael Johnson’s 400-m record. 🙂

We have yet to bring Alphonse to visit, but one weekend this month, we definitely will. He will love the water features, we are sure of it, but we are most sure that he will love most the fact that we don’t have to drive all the way to Katipunan to get his Ineng’s Special BBQ fix. After all, when it comes to Alphonse, garden + water + BBQ = pure joy!

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 (From left, SM’s VP for North Area Mr. Bien Mateo, A, me, SM’s VP for Marketing Communications Ms. Milagros Dizon, some special friends and BW’s Advertising Director Danny Ocampo)

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2 Responses to “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. Manggy June 10, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve only seen it from outside but I would love to visit one of these days! 🙂

  2. caryn July 7, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    wow, i am very interested in seeing the improvements on SM north 😉

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