Holiday Horticulture: Singapore Botanical Garden
My wife and I spent a long morning exploring the Singapore Botanical Garden during our recent New Years Eve city break. As usual when I’m on my travels I like to seek out an interesting garden or patch of nature as an antidote to the city.
This was a warm and sticky overcast day but with plenty of water and lots to see it was a fantastic activity for a tropical weekend away.
Entry Fee: FREE!!
Opening hours: 5am until 12 midnight daily
How to find the Singapore Botanical Garden
We took a local bus from our hotel to the Tanglin Gate Entrance at the south end of the garden. We walked through the gardens in a northerly direction and used the MRT (Botanic Gardens stop) back.
- Bonsai Garden
- Sun Garden
- Children’s Garden
- Evolution Garden
- Healing Garden
- Fragrant Garden
- Ginger Garden
- Orchid Garden (Home of the National Orchid Collection)
- Foliage Garden
- Trellis Garden
- Swan Lake
- Botany Centre
- Heritage Museum
The national flower of Singapore is the Orchid Miss Joaquim which was bred in the country from bringing together two native species.
The exotic Heliconias are bright and eye-catching plants.
This climbing plant was seen in the Trellis Garden (designed to show the different ways of growing climbers within a garden). This plant is interesting in that the colour of the blooms intensifies as you get to the end of the panicle.
Wildlife within the Singapore Botanical Garden
Monitor Lizards roam free through Singapore but tend to stick to the parks and more rural areas. We stayed far enough away not to bother it and not to put ourselves too close to those teeth.