Suddenly The Grass Became Greener, Kevin WY Lee



Plant and soil experts came to Singapore in 1978 to study our soil conditions. Our harsh equatorial sun and heavy Southeast Asian rains were not favourable to growing healthy green gramineae. The rains would wash away our topsoil and leach all nutrients.

The experts recommended constant layering of heavy compost fertiliser and lime to our porous soil. The gardener at Istana tested this on his lawns. Suddenly the grass became greener.

Suddenly The Grass Became Greener by Kevin WY Lee is a book of photographs made in Singapore during her 50th year as a nation, and the coincidental death of her gardener.

The book includes two essays from Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh of Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore fame and upcoming young writer Charmaine Poh. The book is printed in Singapore by Grenadier Press.


First Edition limited to 500 Copies only.  
Publication Date: May 2016  
ISBN: 978-981-09-8455-7  
Size: 225mm x 175mm, approx: 156 pages threadsewn with fabric-wrapped hardcover.
Paper: Printed on FSC® certified Divina White and Cream 150gsm stock, using 30% post consumer fibres. 
Photographs: 43 Colour, 13 Monochrome

Condition: Brand New. Limited copies available.

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