Nov 22, 2010

Singapore Botanic Gardens

This garden was Founded in 1859 with a mission to cultivate plants of economic potential, Spread over 52 hectares and close to the centre of the city, the Gardens is a combination of untouched primary forest and specialty gardens displaying incredible varieties of plants. There are numerous plant species here, including many rare specimens, reflect the Gardens' richness and diversity of plant life. The garden is bordered by Holland Road and Napier Road to the south, Cluny Road to the east, Tyersall Avenue and Cluny Park Road to the west and Bukit Timah Road to the North. The linear distance between the northern and southern ends is around 2.5 km (1.5 miles).
Take your time to explore the garden's immense tropical plant collections spread over 52 hectares including highlights such as the Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden and National Orchid Garden.
Brief History:
The history of Singapore Botanic Gardens began in 1822 when Sir Stamford Raffles established a botanical and experimental garden on Government Hill (now known as Fort Canning Hill), mainly to introduce into cultivation economic crops such as nutmeg, clove and cocoa. This Garden was closed in 1829.

The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society, and was later handed over to the government for maintenance. From an ornamental garden with roads, terraces, a bandstand and even a small zoo, it has come a long way in evolving into a leading equatorial botanic garden of 63 hectares.

The 150-year old Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star visitor attraction for the sophisticated traveller as well as the local resident. This Garden 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 National Orchid Garden, the Ginger Garden and the Evolution Garden are the major attractions of the place. The present orchid enclosure features a large variety of orchid plants. Sprawling orchid displays can be found in the National Orchid Garden. Look for the exotic collections of bromeliad from central and South America in National Orchid Garden.

More info’s:
Opening hours: 5 am to 12 midnight daily. Admission Fee: Free

By Foot: Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens' major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Burkill Gate, Nassim Gate and Cluny Park Gate, and through the Bukit Timah Entrance.

By Car: Car Parking Facilities are available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue.

By Bus: Via Holland Road SBS Transit 7, 105, 123, 174 SMRT 75, 77, 106. Via Bukit Timah Road SBS Transit 48, 66, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170 SMRT 67, 171

By Taxi: There is a Taxi Drop-Off and Pick-Up point at the Visitor Centre along Cluny Road.

Photos are courtesy of Dony.

1 comment:

  1. i must visit that place next time.


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