Botanical Gardens, Singapore

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    Such a welcome retreat from the city

    by trisanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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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    Botanic Gardens: interesting for non-plant lovers

    by Skylink Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I am not too interested in plants and don't know the names of too many plants. However, I did enjoy a visit to the Botanic Gardens. There you can see orchids named after heads of state, pitcher plants (that's the kind of plant which collects water that smart monkeys drink out of like a cup), and the Cool House, an oasis of cold in a hot country. The Botanic Gardens is free to visit although there is a $5 charge for the VIP orchids area.

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    Botanical garden

    by Ines28 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This 52-hectare haven shelters the world's largest orchid display and houses a virgin rainforest that has been preserved through decades of industrial development.
    I just love the trees with the wide treetops, I have never seen those in Europe.

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    Induge yourself in nature

    by gwen_tifa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is one of the national parks in Singapore. This is also the garden which I cut through almost everyday on my way to class in SMU.

    Catch glimpse of nature around. It's a great hangout for families gatherings during weekends and holidays too!

    Come in the early mornings (say around 7am) to check out people practising tai chi and taking strolls around the park. Often you may find more activities going around during weekends.

    Advice:
    Come in comfortable wear, bring your umbrellas and hats in case of rain or too sunny weather. Remember to check the weather forecast before you make your way down! Arm yourself with mosquito repellent and plenty of water to hydrate yourself.

    Here's another link to what you can see at SBG:
    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/571ba/#TL

    Part of a garden (there's more than meets the eye)
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    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    by imstress Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you love nature, you should stop by at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
    You can enjoy a picnic at the park.

    There are free performance at the stage at Symphony Lake.
    We went for the SPH concert and it was very crowded as the Singapore Idol were performing and it was the President's birthday!

    Pls visit the National Orchird Garden inside Singapore Botanic Gardens.
    There are many varities of beautiful Orchids waiting for your visit.
    The admission charge is S$5.

    pics of orchids can be found here:
    http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4289370147

    There is a new food court named Taman Serisi Food Garden. You can find stalls selling from fish soup, crabs, Malay food, roast meat and mixed vegetable rice. They have both indoor and outdoor seats. It gets very crowded during weekends and you can hardly find any seats and the queue for food is very long too.

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    botanic gardens

    by mario_spring_83 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One thing surprised me in singapore: tough the big buildings and roads, singapore is plenty of green areas!
    Among the many places in the city, the botanic gardens are a good choice to spend few hours walking in the little ways among the trees.

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by Jmill42 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located in the heart of the city is the Singapore Botanical Gardens. It was my favorite of the three gardens I visited in Sinagpore, and contains the Royal Orchid Gardens. The Botanical Gradens offer many ponds, diverse flauna and flora, bridges, gazeebos and walking paths for all who are lucky enough to come here. There are many places to have a picnic, and you are in fact, encouraged to "walk on the grass!"

    Take the time to come here...

    In one of the Garden's Green Houses

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    Botanical Gardens

    by phil_uk_net Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a pleasant, green space in the middle of the city. There is a large lake with fish, turtles and swans and lots of tropical plants, trees and orchids. Entrance is free but a 2 SGD charge is levied for entrance into the National Orchid Garden. In here are grown many varieties of orchid, with special ones named in honour of important people that have visited Singapore - Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Osama bin Laden, etc.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by barbskie Written May 10, 2008

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    A beautiful and a relaxing place to discover and admire. Nothing is here to dislike if you are a nature afficionado. The entrance is free. There are many specific areas in the premises to see like The National Orchids Garden( a must), Ginger Garden and the Evolution Garden. The numerous plant species here, including many rare specimens, reflect the Singapore Botanic Gardens' richness and diversity of plant life. I love just siiting on the bank of Swan Lake.

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    SG Botanic Gardens

    by pres_16 Updated Jan 7, 2008

    A tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, this 147-year old grdens showcases the most spectacular tropical flora with a collection of more than 10,000 types of plants including the region's most significant living collection of documented orchids, palms, cycads and ginger.

    the swan lake baby w/ nanny feeding the fishes

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    Singapore Botanical Gardens

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    The Singapore Botanical Gardens are a beautifully landscaped green oasis in this the garden city. A cool respite from the hustle and bustle of traffic and people.

    A big attraction is the National Orchid Garden which has the largest display of orchids in the world.

    The Singapore Botanic Gardens also has a small area of virgin tropical rainforest which is older than the gardens itself.

    Entrance is free with and there are well marked walk trails with interprative signs at all major displays.

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    The Botanic Gardens is a must...

    by hassan_abu Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    The Botanic Gardens isa must see for all visitors as well as fellow Singaporeans. Well, for once, something is free in Singapore. That's right, you don't have to pay to get in the Botanic Gardens.
    It really is a very relaxing place to go, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and yet so near the city.
    There are live band performances on weekends, sometimes. And the man made waterfall is really amazing. Just look at the picture!

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    Botanic gardens, Singapore

    by nyperose Written Dec 14, 2013

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    The Singapore Botanic gardens is a lovely place and well worth a visit.

    It is divided into small gardens and there are separate entrance fees for the different sub-divisions.

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    Beautiful Botanical

    by arianne_1504 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Beautiful gardens. I would schedule more time to spend here next time, perhaps bring a picnic lunch down.

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