Discover the breathtaking Singapore Gardens
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.