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)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.