The headquarters is renovated and re-opened in 2006, and consist of beautiful architecture, carpark as well as a food court at the basement. It is located next to the Tanglin Gate at the junction of Cluny Road and Napier Road (south-east section of the garden).
There is a bamboo garden with many different species of bamboos on display located at the north area of the Singapore Botanic Gardens near to Bukit Timah Road and the Eco Lake. There is also a herbal garden and I think there is also a spice garden in this area as well.
There is a Visitors Centre of the Singapore Botanic Gardens near to the intersection between Cluny Road and Nassim Road. Sometimes, there are exhibitions at this place. There is also a cafe and very nice waterfalls and landscaping here. A public car park is also located here which is free of charge.
There is a nice food reflexology path at the area of the Singapore Botanic Gardens near to Bukit Timah Road and the Eco Lake. Take off your shoes and walk along this path, it is rather painful at first but should be OK when you get used to it.
The Evolution Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 1.5-hectare area dedicated to telling the amazing story of how plants gave us life, and how, long before humans arrived, they started to evolve into complex life forms. Take a journey through time, from the fiery planet that planet Earth was in ancient times, through the planet of dinosaurs, and into the modern world of 250,000 different flowering plants.
Two of the most famous attractions in the Singapore Botanic Gardens are the National Orchid Garden and Ginger Garden. The Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid flower is the national flower of Singapore, and it is displayed at the orchid garden together with many other natural and hybrid species of orchid flowers. Opening hours are 8.30am to 7pm daily and entrance fee is $5.00 for adults (more information is at http://www.sbg.org.sg/centralcore/nog.asp). As for the ginger garden, it displays many different species of ginger plant but I have not visited it yet (more information is at http://www.sbg.org.sg/centralcore/gingergarden.asp). I have displayed some photos of the orchid garden at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Besides the Symphony Lake and Swan Lake, there is an Eco Lake located on the northern area of the Singapore Botanic Gardens near to Bukit Timah Road. The area surrounding the Eco Lake is more open space as compared to the first 2 lakes, and you can see the black swans at this lake.
The Swan Lake is the biggest lake in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and it is located near to the Tanglin Gate (main gate) and the Singapore Botanic Gardens Office. As the name implies, there are some white swans in this nice lake, which is surrounded by well trimmed, walkways and trees.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens (founded in 1859) occupies a big piece of land in the Tanglin area of Singapore near to the famous Orchard Road area. The gardens contain many species of plants, and there are several ponds, eco-garden, orchid garden, ginger garden, evoluation park etc. No entrance fee is required to enter the park but you must pay to enter the orchid garden and ginger garden. Opening hours are 5am to 12 midnight daily. For information on how to get there, opening hours, fees etc, please refer to the website below. If you are a natural lover, you will enjoy this place. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Symphony Lake (the location of this VT page) is actually one of the 3 main lakes in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and it is located at the centre of the garden near to the visitor's centre. As the name indicates, there is a symphony stage in the middle of this lake, and sometimes during weekends or at night, there will be various types of performances here. Visitors will sit on the grass surrounding the lake (just like having a picnic) and enjoy the performances.
The Tanglin Gate of the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the main gate located at the intersection between Napier Road and Cluny Road. This gate is very beautiful and historical.