While Singapore has many attractions, it is particularly well-known as a Garden City. That means it boasts many different types of gardens that can be visited at almost all times of the day and night. While the shopping districts of Singapore are of course outstanding, visiting the Green World Within A City or a City Within A Green World as it is a must for anyone who wants to visit Singapore.
The Botanical Gardens
When you visit Singapore, a stop at the Botanical Gardens is a must. At 156 years of age it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and the only one to be honored as a UNESCO world heritage site. The garden has several lakes, restaurants, exhibition halls and pavilions and boasts a breathtaking amount of various orchid species.
The National Orchid Garden
Located within the above-mentioned botanical garden, is the national orchid garden, which is by many considered the center of orchid studies on our planet. The garden boasts over 60,000 orchid plants, with about 1,000 species and over 2,000 hybrids. They are separated into various color zones along with their matching foliage to depict various color combinations. For anyone who is a fan of orchids, this is absolutely a must go-to location.
The Gardens By the Bay
The Gardens By the Bay are a nature park unlike any other. Singapore has always been styled as a ‘Garden City’. But with the efforts of the government it has also slowly been transformed into a ‘City In A Garden’. Attempting to combine the two, this series of gardens shows how it is possible to successfully combine City Life with Garden Life.
The Cloud Forest
The Cloud Forest is one of the smaller but unusual gardens. It attempts to replicate the moist conditions found mostly in the tropical mountains of Southeast Asia as well as Middle and South America high above the sea level. It is accessible via an elevator and boasts ferns, orchids, and thousands of other plant species on various levels with different themes.
The Flower Dome
Much like the cloud forest, the flower dome replicates an unusual climate. In this case it is the dry climates of the Mediterranean and arid tropical regions of South America, South Africa and Australia. We recommend a visit to the Olive Grove where there is a small bistro.
The Supertree Grove
The most dominating structures within the Singapore Gardens are the treelike structures of the Supertree Grove. This vertical garden was built to assist the environmental engines for all of these gardens. Besides the obvious striking look — as well as the elevated walkways that surround it, giving a mesmerizing view of the city — they were built to serve for planting, shading and the collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and the fountains of the gardens. At the same time they are the air intake and exhaust functions of the garden’s cooling systems. This way it beautifully combines architecture and nature. At night the supertrees come alive with music and lights in the OCBC Garden Rhapsody show. This is another must when you visit Singapore.
The Children’s Garden
Especially if you visit the gardens with your kids, a stop at the children’s garden is a must. It features treehouses and adventure trail, with hanging bridges, trampolines, balancing beans and many other attractions to gladden any child’s heart.
The Horticultural Gardens
These gardens attempt to show the relationship between people and plants, as well as plants and the planet. It is part of the garden’s edutainment program that also highlights the importance that various plants play with the different cultural groups in Singapore.
The Flower Market
The flower market is the main entry precinct into the gardens. There are spaces for indoor events as well as various retail, beverage and food outlets. Events are held as well on the outdoor lawn and its large stage.