I've been to the Botanical Gardens a couple of times and each time, I feel refreshed and renewed. There's always something about breathing in clean air, feasting my eyes on the greens and enjoying a quiet, calm place.
This is a place for nature lovers, for photographers and for budget fun.
The only place in here (so far as I know) that charges is the Orchid Garden and that's just S$5! Is it worth it? Yes. Everything else is FREE.
And way in advance on my second trip, I checked to see when there is a concert in the park. It was fun to spread out a blanket, and have a picnic while listening to the brass orchestra that was showing there at the time (they played the Star Wars Darth Vader theme!).
There are several statues hidden and scattered all over the park. It became a game with me and my boyfriend to walk all over looking for them and at the same time, take LOADS of pictures. There's the (again) Orchid garden which gives you the perfect backdrop for pictures it has a totem statue inside, the Ginger garden has a pond which has a resident Kingfisher bird that looks for fish to eat... I also was lucky enough to spot 2 squirrels there!. There's the statue of the swans in the swan lake (bring bread for the fishies and veggie leaves for the swans). The bonsai garden and the lily pond! (MUST for macro shot lovers). There's also the cactus garden with it's wire statues. Try looking for the girl on the swing, girl on the bike and woman in the hammock (they're all near each other). And have a peaceful moment at the bandstand.
By the way, the CASA VERDE resto near the entrance of the Botanicals has KILLER spaghetti! AND, if you come early enough in the morning, you can watch/join/take pictures of the different people doing Tai Chi. :D
Check their website for concerts so you can plan a picnic there!
This offers the largest display of orchids in the world.Over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids are now found in the gardens' collection, and every year more vibrant and enduring hybrids will be added on.
Chosen to be the national flower of Singapore, the Orchid was discovered by Miss Agnee Joaquim in her garden in 1893.
Opens at 8.30 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m.(last ticket sales at 6p.m.)
admission fee for adults -- 5 dollars and 1 dollar for students,senior citizens;free for children below 12 years.
Thanks to fellow VT members, I learned about the Botanic Gardens. Well, it is true, you may read about it somewhere but I overlooked it or did not pay much attention as there was so much to see in Singapore and I thought I have seen so many gardens anyway. VT members who have been there highly recommended a visit to the Botanic Gardens and I made it a point to visit it and am I glad I did!
My father and I took the taxi on our way there. One can enjoy the landscape, the trees for free but please go to the Orchid Gardens because it's worth every Sing dollars. Ticket for Adults cost Sing $ 5 each and senior citizens pay Sing $ 1 only (that's great isn't it!). The senior citizen has to show an I.D.
Singapore Botanic Gardens is open earlier than you think (please check with your concierge). I think it opens at 5:30 a.m.
You can walk the botanical gardens for free this is a nice day if you enjoy a day with flowers and plants or just a quiet day away from the city life. Alot of locals come here to relax as couples. I would pay for the orchid gardens as they are lovely worth a look for sure.
Nice place for a walk in the morning, the hightlights for me were the orchid garden (admission 5 dollars), and the huge kapok tree with weird roots. Wanted to look at the bonsai garden but couldn't find it ! Thought the 'swan lake' was a bit of a misnomer as there was only one swan on it !
An absolutely beautiful, breathtaking tour. It's a must if you've ever wondered about flowers and more specifically, orchids.
Inside the greenhouse is a thorough explanation of how orchids can be genetically altered and there is a special section highlighting unique orchids created for an honorary Singaporean guest.
National Orchid Garden is found within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. If orchids fascinate you, visit this spectacular 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: 8:30am-7pm
Admission: SGD 5.00 (Adult), SGD 1.00 (Student & Senior)
Part of the Botanic Gardens of Singapore is the National Orchid Garden. The orchid is by far my favourite flower, so if I get the chance to visit an orchid garden I take it. You will find many species of orchids in this garden. There is a seperate entrance fee, for this part of the Botanic Gardens, but it's worth your 2 S$. The National Orchid Garden is one of world's biggest orchid displays and there are over 60,000 flowers featured!!
A trip to the Botanical Gardens is not complete without paying a small fee to see the Orchards. This is well worth it. They are beautiful. A new display and new colour around every corner. It's not hard to do heaps of oooing and arring here!!
If you only have one day in Singapore and would like a cheap way to explore the city, go for the Singapore Trolley Bus Trail. Cost is S$9 (includes a free riverboat tour and unlimited hop-on day pass).
Visit the website so that you know where to board the bus. They have a pop-up schedule.
Suggested must see during the hop-on bus ride:
* Roti Prata at Congress at Suntec City Convention Hall
* Visit National Orchid Garden
* Riverboat Tour
* Lunch at Chinatown Haker Centre
* Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel
* Shopping at Orchard Road
* Stroll down the Esplande and Merlion Walk at nite
Even though it says just about everywhere the Orchid garden is S$2 it is now S$5. I think it is still worth the price considering you can see the rest of the park for free. I was just kind of miffed when I found out.
I am not necessarily a huge flower lover but I thought the orchids were still very beautiful, and the landscaping was well worth an afternoon walk.
It might just be me, but I tend to get lost easily (the welcome center seems to be my last stop and I am always the one with out a map). But I would suggest doing the botanical gardens after you have a feel for the bus system or take a taxi. The stops (or at least the ones I found) are not right at the entrance, plus after walking all day you don't want to backtrack to go to the same stop you got off at.
Many different breeds have been successfully developed in the Orchid Garden. Some of the more prominent ones are Paravanda Nelson Mandela, Renoglottis Ricky Martin, Blue Angel, Black Spider, etc, etc...
The orchid export market has grown over the years & is said to bring in at least US$50 million each year!
Ok, here's a trivia which is interesting.
The origin of the name "orchid".
Greek root - orkhis.
I presume those who are Greeks here would know what that means.
Now, didn't I say it's interesting?! ;-)
You'd be surprised what one can uncover when you browse the internet!
THE NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN is within the compounds of the BOTANIC GARDENS.
While it's free to enter the Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden entails an admission charge of S$2 (US$1.20) which is cheap by any definition.
The National Flower of Singapore is Vanda Miss Joaquim which essentially is a hybrid. It was the first & oldest hybrid discovered by Agnes Joaquim (1854-1899) in 1893. A rare natural hybrid between Vanda Hookerana and Vanda Teres.
All you need to know about the national flower.
NATIONAL ORCHID GARDENS was opened to the public on Oct. 20, 1995. According to its brochure, there are now 700 species & more than 2000 hybrids.
It was an interesting but wet experience to walk through the garden.
Singapore is highly humid & walking in any garden in the day feels like taking a hot shower! I was only there for 3 hours or so & was thoroughly soaked by the time I left!
Although this part of the Botanic Gardens is not big, there are lots of orchids to see if you are truly interested in orchids & plants. So, leave ample time for your visit.