This part of the National Orchid Garden highlights the various hybrids created & named after head of states, dignitaries & VIPs who had visited the garden in the past.
Some of the very famous people are:
Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko of Japan.
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 1st President of Singapore - Yusof bin Ishak, Mei-Tsuang - wife of former Prime MInister of Rep. of China Yu Kuo Hwa, Ibu Tien - wife of former President Suharto.
The accompanying pix is that of Dendobrium Margaret Thatcher named after the former Prime Minister of UK when she visited the garden back in 1985.
I like this one best in the VIP Orchid Garden. It portrays the strength & determination of the "Iron Lady" very well & the color is very pleasant, very unique...
Parentage: Dendrobium Concham X Dendrobium lasianthera.
Orchids were hybird as early as 1928. With them gaining popularity in the world, the garden began to name new hybrids after visiting VIPs.
In recent years, the collection of hybrids has grown & many visiting state dignitaries have their own orhids! That's a novelty way of attracting large numbers of high-profile visitors ;-)
Grammatophyllum speciosum is the largest orchid plant in the world & can grow up to 20 m long while Bulbophyllum globuliforme is the smallest orchid plant in the world.
Orchids attacked by virus can never be saved. Seeds of orchids are the smallest among all flowering plants.
Pollination & hybriding by technology are some of the ways of reproducing orchids.
Orchid is common name for one of the largest flowering plant on this planet.
Its species range as high 25,000!
As with other flowers, orchids are borne on pedicels (ie. stalks). The difference lies in that the pedicels rotate 180 degrees during its growth & resulting in a mature orchid borned upside down!
A flower generally have 3 petals & 3 sepals.
Of these, 1 petal is distinctive from the rest which is called the lip or labellum.
The lip is usually larger & different in shape & color. This is also where orchid pollinators land.
Ok, here's my secret.
I enjoy the gardens, the parks, the flowers, the photos. But, if you want to find out about the name, the culture, the growing... please don't ask me, ok?
I merely enjoy the virtual aspect of the plant kingdom. I've no desire whatsover to bring the entire world into my life nor my apartment. I simply am too lazy to nurture myself, let alone other living things!
Did you ever realise the responsiblity of it all?
Nah... I like my life of being able to pack up & go. The freedom of having no one to take care of & no one to report to. ;-)
Located in the Singapore Botanical Gardens, this collection of beautiful flowers and lush green vegetation along perfectly manicured paths is truly an escape from the city life. The cost is $2 SGD for adults, and is completely worth it. Every imaginable flower native to this area is contained within its confines.
This is located within the Botanical Garden. I've been soaked here watching the many sorts of orchids. The varieties are amazing. So if you love flowers, take time to stop here. The garden has a sprawling orchid displays, water features, and an exotic collections from Central and South America.
8.30 am - 7.00 pm (daily)
Children and seniors above 60 years old SGD 1
free for children of 12 years and below
Sentosa Orchid Gardens might not be as grand as the one found in Botanical Gardens but it provides a welcome respite after all the exploring in Sentosa. It has a small gazebo for us to take a seat and rest. There's a small pond that adds beauty to the place. Not so much orchids can be found though.
A used to be an ornamental garden with roads, terraces, a bandstand and even a small zoo, and now a leading equatorial botanic garden of 52 hectares.
A star visitor attraction for the sophisticated traveller as well as the local resident. This Gardens possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are sensitive developments providing visitors educational and recreational facilities.
The opening hours of the Singapore Botanic Gardens are from 5.00 am to 12 midnight. Admission to the Botanic Gardens is free. The opening hours of the National Orchid Garden are from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm. Admission charges are $2-00 for adult and $1-00 for children and senior citizens.
This is where most of the unique & exotic plants from South America are housed.
The Orchid Garden claims to have 300 species & 500 hybrids here!
The Orchid collection in the Botanical Gardens is probably the best in the world, a must for orchid lovers. The best season to see the dendrobiums in bloom is June.