Botanical Gardens, Singapore

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    Beautiful gardens in a bustling city

    by Phildy Written Mar 19, 2014

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    Plenty of shade!
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    The Singapore Botanical Gardens is a delight, a breath of fresh air in a crowded city. Located not far from the touristy Orchard Road (a good walk if you are up to it), it's a pleasant break from the push and shove of downtown Singapore. Take a picnic (as many locals do) and a book and share a few hours 'holiday' break with someone.

    The gardens also contain the National Orchid Garden, a pay per visit addition, but well worth it if you are into orchids.

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    Picnic in Botanical Gardens

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    If you want or need a break from the frenetic pace of shopping and sightseeing in Singapore, its a good idea to make up a picnic basket, and head for the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
    Founded in 1822 by Sir Stamford Raffles originally. The Gardens were relocated to present site in 1859 by the Horticultral Society in 1859.

    The lawns are lush and green, with towering trees giving welcome shade. Pathways are well marked, leading to specified areas such as the Ginger Garden (which houses a large selection of plants from the Ginger family), Orchid House, English Garden, Symphony Lake,which houses an amphitheatre where outdoor concerts are held, Bromiliad Garden, Rainforest Gardens with its misty atmosphere, and many more.

    There are various statues dotted around the Gardens- my favourite being Mr & Mrs Frederick Chopin, near Symphony Lake.
    A restuarant is situated next to the Ginger Gardens, offering a wide selection of tasty snacks and meals- enjoy an outdoor meal while you watch the fountains and abundant birdlife.

    At the Visitors Centre there are free maps of the Gardens available, and a shop that sells souveniers and orchids, and other plants.

    Allow yourself a few hours to wander around, and drink plenty of fluids. Its very humid and hot , and dehydration is a danger.

    Getting to the Botanical Gardens is easy- taxis are cheap and will drop you at the entrance.
    Buses: there are buses which pick up on Orchard Road- we caught bus 105 which went via Holland Road, but there are a few that go also along Bukit Timah Road.
    MRT - alight at Botanic Gardens stop- a short walk to Gardens.

    Opening hours are 7.30am till Midnight
    Entrance in free (however, there is a S$5.00 fee , children free, to enter Orchid House)

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    Beautiful gardens

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This must be one of the best value things to do in Singapore as it is free apart from a small fee to gain entry to the orchid garden. We unfortunately had enough time to walk around the southern end of the gardens up as far as the orchid garden which is well worth a visit.

    We travelled there on the SIA tour bus and got off just by The Tanglin Mall which is close to the western end of Orchard Road.

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    Beautiful gardens

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This must be one of the best value things to do in Singapore as it is free apart from a small fee to gain entry to the orchid garden. We unfortunately had enough time to walk around the southern end of the gardens up as far as the orchid garden which is well worth a visit.

    We travelled there on the SIA tour bus and got off just by The Tanglin Mall which is close to the western end of Orchard Road.

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    The beautiful garden

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Botanic Garden of Singapore celebrate its 150th birthday in 2009, although it doesn't look a day older than 79. The garden is very popular, but without getting too crowded.
    We spent almost a whole day here, just wandering around in the park. First location was the Tangling Core, where we took thousands (well...) of photos of the fishes, the birds and the so cute turtles. For those of you who are into photographing, this is really good place.

    After slowly walking around the pound we drove our shoes to the Central Core, where we laid down and had a picnic on the grass, while watching people strolling by, playing football or just sitting down in the grass like us.

    Don't miss the huge eagle who flies around above you. And don't either miss the amazing sunset that gives you a great show between the trees.

    No matter what you like this is the place to relax in. Even if there are a lot of people around it still feels very calm. Can also imagine that it would be great to look at a concert here, at the stage in the middle.

    All in all a very nice place both for kids and adults. And also for dogs and their walkers. Think we stopped counting after the first 27 dogs...

    The park is open 5am to midnight every day, although I wouldn't recommened anyone to stay there after dark arrives. And remember it gets dark pretty quickly here.
    Although, if it's somewhere in the world where you should stay in a park when it's night it's probably in safe Singapore.

    Entrance is free, although there is a fee of S$5 to enter the National Orchid Garden.

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    by sarah_m1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Absolutely lovely way to spend a day - the paths, gardens, ponds, picnic areas - unbelieavable range & varieties of plants - let your senses take over to guide you

    Like everything in Singapore - a very cheap taxi ride from anywhere

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    fish feeeding

    by junefer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    singapore botanical garden is superb an extra ordinary colection of deffirent types of flowers and orchids...just dont forget to drop by and bring some loaf of bread when u come because u can feed fish in the fish fond inside its verry good and fun especially when have kids with you....

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    Botanical Gardens

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On Sunday after, I would visit this place. It has a nice pond where there are swans swimming. I love walking around the garden and just look at the trees and the orchids. I love orchids! Singapore has the most beautiful orchids I have seen!

    I had a picture taken with the century tree but the picture I have is already very old and it is with my grandmother! She refused to give it to me so I can scan it! But anyway, it's been over 22 years now since I last visited Singapore. At that time, they were building the underground subway.

    To go back with this century tree! There are flowers on its roots! And, the roots bear fruits, too! It was an interesting tree to see!

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    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    by limledi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Take a leisurely stroll through the oldest public park in Singapore and the birthplace of the rubber industry in the region. Walk through a section of the primary forest and listen to the rhythmic sounds of crickets all around you. If orchids fascinate you, visit the spectacular National Orchid Garden and be amazed by the varieties and colours of orchids on display. The newest exhibit, Cool House, simulates a tropical montane forest, and houses spectacular orchids and carnivorous plants.
    Opening times: 5am to midnight daily (National Orchid Garden opens from 8:30am-7pm)
    Admission: Free (National Orchid Garden: SGD 5.00 (Adult), SGD 1.00 (Student & Senior)

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    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    by martin_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I love to visit botanic gardens. We don't get them in Europe, so if I get the chance I visit one right away. Every botanic gardens has it's unique vegetation, but I have to say the ones in tropical climates like here in Singapore are the nicest. Very often there are performances here in the Botanic Gardens of Singapore. Just bring a book, a drink and enjoy the music in the distance. A great way to spend some of the day when it is too hot to walk around.

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    Flowers and trees in the heart of the city

    by redhotwax Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Botanical gardens

    The Singapore Botanical gardens are an impressive sight, bang in the middle of the city, only a ten minute stroll from the famous Orchard Rd. Take a stroll through these gardens to unwind and enjoy the large mix of flowers, trees and excellent landscaping.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Well there's so many things to do in Singapore I don't know where to start. How about the Botanical Gardens. This is one place I would come back to time and time again. It is very well set out and so peaceful. Hubby and I didn't get to see it all but what we did see was most enjoyable.

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    Botanical Garden

    by yuet29 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I went there on 1st May 2005. I was there for the SPH gift of music concert launching. The performers were from Singapore Symphony Ochestra and the show was great.

    I havent finished walk around the park and think have to save it for the next trip there. From the gate near to Napier road, there are a lot of development in the park and thus doesnt really feel botanical graden, far inside the park it is getting better as more greenish and more more plants. I should try out some of the trails in the future.

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    Such a welcome retreat from the city

    by trisanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    orchids up close

    The botanical gardens is a large park located close to Orchard Road. It is a 15-30 minute walk from the main shopping centres. 10 mins from Tanglin mall. This is a lovely place to relax and admire all the wonderful tropical plants. You have to be in awe when you see the fantastic banyan trees. There is a large swan pond, which has turtles, fish and of course swans. They always appreciate it if you can spare some bread.

    The highlight of the gardens is the national Orchid garden. For this, there is a small fee. You will see lots of orchids. They even have a section of orchids that are named after celebrities -mostly politicians that pass through Singapore.

    This place is great for kids, since there is a lot of room in the botanical gardens for them to run around in. On some evenings-there are special performances (mostly Singapore Orchestra). They sometimes show movies at night in the park.

    There are a few restaurants in the park. A cafe, Au Jardin-a fancy french restaurant and Halia (ginger) a nice cafe/restaurant, which is surrounded by a nice ginger garden.

    The MRT line doesn't head up this way. For public transportation-the best way to head this way is by bus. From the city-you can take the 7,77,123,106, 502 and a few others. Take the bus to the oppsite Botanical Gardens stop. Just off Holland Road.
    If you take a taxi, ask to take them to drop you off at the visitor centre at the back. When you leave -you should head out by the holland road exit, since it's very difficult to get a taxi at the visitor centre. The only way to get a cab there is to call one or luck out-as one is dropping others off.

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    Time to Talk Venue

    by littlegirl0130 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Botanical Gardens sweep across an area of 52 hectares (128 acres ) constituted by primary forest and specialty gardens in close proximity to the city centre. The National Orchid Garden is the world’s largest orchid garden featuring more than 20,000 varieties set amongst water features and an exotic bromeliad collection from South and Central America. The park also contains many rare plant specimens in addition to the specialty gardens decorated with frangipanis, roses, ferns and desert plants...names which I cant even pronounce! But What I liked about this is is the part when you can just walk around under the huge trees...not much heat of the sun and the part where you can talk with your companion.

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