If you’re planning a hectic holiday around the stunning city of Singapore, make sure you take a break from all the hustle and bustle and visit the wide selection of gardens and public parks, giving you a tranquil space to wander and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Here we have recommended some quiet spaces with magnificent flora and pieces of art to marvel at.
Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay is 250 acres of flora, fauna, biodomes, sculptures and high-tech supertrees that’ll definitely surprise you with their sheer height and bright colours. These man-made constructions are 50 metres tall and solar powered, meaning they provide the city of Singapore with energy, electricity and lighting. These beautiful spectacles also collect rain to help water the plants based in the various conservatories and domes.
The Flower Dome is another jaw-dropping feature you won’t want to miss, as it showcases a colourful selection of plants from Africa, America and the Mediterranean. It’s said to be the largest glass greenhouse in the world and is home to African Baobab trees (the largest shrub in the dome), so don’t be surprised if you feel pretty small when entering. A Succulent Garden can be found near the entrance, where you’ll discover aloe vera plants and cacti. Just make sure you don’t get too close, as they can be a bit prickly.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1860 and features clean-cut lawns and crystal clear lakes in its many themed plots, one of these being the Primeval Rainforest. This patch of land has over 300 different species of vegetation that are now all classified as rare, due to a large drop in numbers. When entering, you’ll first notice the 50-metre-tall tree that’s said to be around 200 years old.
The Botanic Garden is split up into four different sections, the first being Tanglin - the core - which features all of the old favourites of Singapore. The second section is Central, which has many species popular with tourists, so make sure you search around and find your best-loved flora. Bukit Timah is the third section and is used for educational and discovery purposes. The final section is Tyersall-Gallop, hosting the learning forest that’s designed to merge with the already established rainforest.
The Orchid Garden is in the Tyersall Gallop section of the Botanic Garden and displays more than 60,000 blooms, including 1,000 different species – one of which is the all-important orchid, which you’ll find in the cool house. There are so many breathtaking orchids you must keep an eye out for, one being the Vanda Miss Joaquim, a hybrid, bred by Agnes Joaquim in her own back garden, in 1893. This is just one of 2,000 such orchids in the complex.
If you wish, you can choose to join in a guided tour to learn more about each plant from your expert guide. Visiting this park is the perfect chance to get away from the busy city and enjoy a peaceful day looking at a colourful oasis. Not only will you get to look at these beautiful flowers, you can also take in the magnificent scent they give off. Make sure you keep an eye out for the orchids named after famous people in history, such as Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana.
The Chinese Garden is located in Jurong East and explains the traditional act of Chinese gardening. It was built in 1975 and features a blend between the natural environment and Chinese architecture. The first feature you’ll notice is a pair of stone lions. These two creatures were built to guard the gate as it’s a tradition in China; they’d usually be in front of temples and tombs as a sign of protection.
The lawn itself is 33.4 acres and, as well as featuring plenty of flowers and plants, it has stone temples, bridges and a little tea house to add Chinese flair. You can enter the temple and climb to the top for a glorious view over the park – don’t forget your camera. Now, it wouldn’t be a Chinese garden without a Bonsai section and the 2,000 different trees certainly don’t disappoint. You can even take part in a course to learn about how to take care of this one-of-a-kind shrub.
If you wish to visit one of these spectacular gardens in Singapore, then book your trip with us. You can contact us via our website, call 0800 021 3237, or visit our Ipswich and Woodbridge branches, to speak to the team.