Discover the breath­tak­ing Sin­ga­pore Gar­dens

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY ALLY MARTELL

Sin­ga­pore is not just about noo­dles, chilli crab and shop­ping malls, it has some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful gar­dens and they should def­i­nitely be on your travel bucket list.

The Sin­ga­pore­ans have been green­ing the city for years and bask­ing in world-wide ad­mi­ra­tion for it.

The two gar­dens with the most ac­co­lades are Gar­dens by the Bay and the Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens.

GAR­DENS BY THE BAY

GAR­DENS by the Bay cov­ers 101 hectares in the mid­dle of Sin­ga­pore and cost a cool $1 bil­lion to build back in 2012.

Fea­tur­ing two mas­sive con­ser­va­to­rystyle domes, a grove of ‘Su­per Trees’, lakes and chil­dren’s gar­dens, it is equally spec­tac­u­lar by night.

The Flower Dome is where you’ll see gar­dens rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent coun­tries, flo­ral dis­plays, an­cient olive grove, herb and veg­etable gar­dens.

The Cloud For­est Dome is a cli­mate con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment with water fea­tures show­cas­ing un­usual plants and those found at high al­ti­tude.

The Su­per Tree Grove fea­tures 18 ‘trees’ which are 25 to 50 me­tres tall.

They are ver­ti­cal gar­dens by day of­fer­ing a shady canopy but by night they come alive in a sen­sa­tional sound and light show.

OLD SIN­GA­PORE BOTANIC GAR­DENS

NOT far from the fa­mous Or­chard Road shop­ping precinct is a 74 hectare oa­sis that will soothe the soul and re­fresh the senses: the Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens.

Founded in 1859, the gar­dens fea­ture ma­ture trees and his­toric build­ings from the grand colo­nial era.

The site was her­itage listed by UN­ESCO in 2015.

These gar­dens of­fer visual treats at ev­ery turn but don’t miss the brick steps built by Aus­tralian POWS dur­ing the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion of Sin­ga­pore in World War II.

Then there’s the lovely old band­stand, lakes, a frangi­pani for­est with cute swings and a palm grove.

You’ll also find Gin­ger Gar­den, Bon­sai Gar­den, Fra­grant Gar­den and Heal­ing Gar­den.

One of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions is the Na­tional Or­chid Gar­den.

With 1000 species and 2000 hy­brids on dis­play it re­ally is spec­tac­u­lar.

The Gar­dens’ or­chid breed­ing pro­gram be­gan in 1928 and staff proudly dis­play some of their finest work in the old cu­ra­tor’s bun­ga­low in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore’s na­tional flower the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

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