Located in the city of Singapore is the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the garden is among the Island’s most visited attractions and it is currently the only botanical park in the world that is opened from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight every day. The garden spreads across over 63 hectares and it houses a rich diversity of plant species that include a plethora of roses, frangipanis, ferns and dessert plants. With many more different types of plants here and some that, include rare specimens your trip to the botanical garden will be a memorable experience.
Visitors to the park can easily access its plant life as the park allows free admission for sightseers. Travellers to the botanical park will find many attractions and one of its main attractions within its vicinity is situated on the western section of its premises and it is known as “The National Orchid Garden”. The picturesque orchid area is home to over 20,000 different varieties of orchids and other breathtaking attractions that include the Burkill Hall and VIP Orchid Garden (this attraction was once known as the bungalow of the gardens director). At the VIP orchid garden visitors can see a variety of orchids and some notable names are Vanda Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher, Dendrobium Elizabeth and Kotaishi Hidenka Dendrobium Masako.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens also includes a number of additional attractions and these are known as The Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice Bromeliad House, the Orchidarium, the Coolhouse and the Tan Hoon Siang – a house that showcases a colourful collection of fragrant orchids and other plant species. Other places of interest are the Tropical Rainforest, the Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden and the Jaco Ballad Children’s Garden.
The Singapore Botanical Gardens also boasts three picturesque lakes known as the Swan Lake, Symphony Lake and Eco Lake. Travellers can take pleasure in a boat ride along these three rivers and enjoy a panoramic view of the garden. There are a number of refreshment stalls and restaurants at the park too and for sightseers looking forward to taking home a souvenir or two will find the gardens gift shop ideal.
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A guide for visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the most visited Botanic Garden in the world. I share everything you need to know to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens including how to get there, what to bring, and I highlight the major attractions including the National Orchid Garden. If you like plants and nature, then the Singapore Botanic Garden is definitely a must see attraction in Singapore.
The 150 year old Singapore Botanic Gardens has a wide array of botanical and horticultural attractions. The Gardens has a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. It is a unique example of the informal English Landscape Movement’s style in an equatorial climate.
The first botanical garden in Singapore was set up by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, in 1822 on Government Hill at Fort Canning, mainly to introduce into cultivation economic crops. It closed in 1829 and, in 1859, at the present Tanglin site a new garden was developed by an Agri-Horticultural Society, and later handed over to the government in 1874. From an ornamental garden with roads, terraces, a band parade area and even a small zoo, it has come a long way in evolving into a leading equatorial botanic garden of 82 hectares, where major world crops, such as rubber and orchids were launched.
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