Singapore leads the Green Cities of the world. I transferred through the airport on my way to a family Christmas in Thailand (more posts to follow) and was struck by the presence of a lot of horticulture on show before you even leave the airport. A lot of this may have been due to it being 3 days before Christmas but I get the sense that there’s a lot on display for most of the year.
The Christmas Displays
The traditional pine trees of the northern hemisphere were well represented but mixed with a tropical display of Orchids and Poinsettias. I have since found out that the orchids on display were mainly the official flower of Singapore. This is Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. More on that to come in future posts.
I was very excited to see signs to a Waterlily Garden and a desert garden. My excitement soon evaporated when I realised that these were simply outdoor spaces designated as smoking areas. Huge disappointment as I wasn’t able to explore them in any detail.
The Green Wall
I had to go and give the plants a rummage to convince myself that this was in fact a collection of real plants on display and not simply some fakes lined up for show. What an example of what can be achieved in a low light environment! Very impressive.