Following the success of Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin’s on-property garden, the hotel opened the One Meter Garden in December 2017 to engage with guests during their visits. Composed of 30 planting boxes that measure one square meter each, the garden invites guests to plant vegetables, fruits or herbs during their stays. After planting, hotel colleagues document the plants’ growth and send the progress to the guests. Once the produce ripens, the guests are invited back to the hotel to harvest the “fruits” of their labor.
The One Meter Garden is the hotel’s second since its 710-square-meter fruit and vegetable garden opened in February 2014. The established garden grows over 20 different seasonal fruits and vegetables including papaya, passion fruit, guava, pitaya, pumpkin, cucumber, cauliflower and more. Since the launch of the garden, hotel staff have cultivated and harvested over 6,000 kilograms of fruits and vegetables, which are then served farm-to-table in the hotel restaurants.
The gardens serve as a sustainable business practice at the hotel. All vegetable scraps, fruit peels and coffee grounds collected from the kitchens and restaurants are composted and used to fertilize the gardens. The compost initiative diverts over 2,000 kilograms of food waste from ending up in landfills per year.
The new One Meter Garden for guests serves as a tranquil respite at the hotel. The area is also used for verdant outdoor tea breaks for meetings and events.
Moving forward, the hotel plans to build a small farmers market outside of Li Café to sell the fruits and vegetables grown in the gardens. All proceeds of the sales will go to charity.
Congratulations to Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin on the successful gardens!