Facts about Singapore Botanic Garden:
- Founded in 1859 by the Agri Horticultural Society.
- It was handed over later to the government for maintenance.
- The hills are home to a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 orchid hybrids.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has conquered more than the past 150 years to bring us an exquisite show of nature through a variety of venues. There are many roads and terraces, and lesser known attractions that include the Palm Valley, Bandstand area, Sun Garden and Sundial Garden. This place, about 63 hectares in size, has certainly aged into a beautiful soil of wealth.
Admire it for the trees!
Heritage Trees enthusiasts have a great reason to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG); there are ten Heritage Trees at SBG ranging from 24 to 47 meters in height. There is the Saga Tree near the Lady on a Hammock sculpture, a Penaga Laut near the Botany Centre Auditorium, a Purple Milletia behind Swan Lake, a Kapok Tree along the Lower Ring Road, a Tembusu at Lawn E and another along the edge of a footpath at Palm Valley (both are more than a hundred years old). If you visit, you should also find two Sepetirs within the National Orchid Garden, a Malayan Terminalia down Liane Road, and a Rain Tree in front of the Visitor Centre.
Learn about its history and become a part of its future!
The first Botanic Garden was established on Fort Canning’s Government Hill in 1822. Sir Stamford Raffles, known as the founder of Singapore, was a great naturalist who wanted to bring crops of nutmeg, clove, and cocoa to the area. His efforts were halted when the Botanic Garden was closed only after seven years. Luckily for us, the Singapore Botanic Gardens began thirty years later through the Agri Horticultural Society in 1859. If you are a traveler with good tastes, the venues offered at Singapore Botanic Gardens will definitely be on the top of your list when you visit Singapore. Beyond the colorful landscape and world-renowned plant collection, there are many resources for visitors at the Gardens educational and recreational facilities. Whenever a visitor travels to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a positive impact is made in Singapore.
It is unique for its ecological footprint!
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has a tropical rainforest about six hectares in size! This rainforest is actually much older than the gardens too. This rainforest is within Singapore’s city limits and if it were not for Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest, it would be the only major city to do so! You won’t find a miniature rainforest in just any park. The main attraction of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, however, is the National Orchid Garden. It is situated on the mid-western side with a size of about three hectares. While at the National Orchid Garden you might want to visit the Burkill Hall & VIP Orchid Garden, the Orchidarium, the Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse, the Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice Bromeliad House, or even the Coolhouse. The Evolution Garden is educational and ecological, while the Ginger Garden boasts a small waterfall and a restaurant. For the younger generations, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is a great place to begin and it has a separate entrance along Bukit Timah Road.
Shopping at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is beneficial in more than one way.
When you visit, there are many businesses to cater to your needs. The Botanic Garden Shop, located at the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre, specializes in RISIS gifts. RISIS is popular for producing live orchids finished in 24k gold and for other creative Asian gifts. If you are interested in books, The Library Shop has plenty to offer at the Botany Centre in the Singapore Botanic Gardens Library. The Halia Restaurant and Villa Halia will be a great place to stop by when you’re hungry. It serves local and western food during the day, while offering a continental menu at night. If you’re accompanied by children, a group visit to the Kidz Cafe might interest you. For some fine French dining, the Au Jardin Les Amis offers a Ladies Luncheon on Fridays and a Provencial Lunch on Sundays. Casa Verde is your pizza haven, while the Garden Refreshment Kiosk will satisfy your thirst. Wherever you choose to spend your time (and money), you are ensuring that this area will continue to thrive as an ecological focal point for the future.
Trips for Travelers:
- General admission to Singapore Botanic Gardens is free from 5 am to 12 pm.
- The Children’s Garden is free from 8 am – 7 pm (last admission at 6:30 pm). However, it is closed on Mondays.
- Take some academic supplies if you’re interested in research.
- Stay informed by visiting the official website for Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing