FEATURE-Asia's high-rise gardeners unearth key to cooler cities | Reuters

By Gillian Murdoch

SINGAPORE May 9 Koi carp, goldfish, and a collection of giant tropical ferns: The only thing missing from this model modern Asian garden is -- the garden.

Complete with white reflexology pebbles underfoot, the breezy oasis is situated high on the twelfth floor balcony of one of Singapore's ubiquitous government-built high-rises.

Having an apartment garden relieves the "monotony" of living in concrete, said creator Furn Li.

"We needed something natural, like plants and fish, to add some life. It's a far-fetched idea for us to own a landed property, but, anyway, we have a nice garden here".

The rapid post-sixties rise of the urban tower blo