Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens is situated five minutes away from bustling Orchard Road, the Gardens is a lush sanctuary in the heart of the city.

The idea of a national garden in Singapore started in 1822 when Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore and a keen naturalist, developed the first “Botanical and Experimental Garden at Fort Canning. This Garden closed in 1829 and it was not until 30 years later that the Singapore Botanic Gardens at its present site was founded by an agri-horticutural society. This oasis of beauty and greenery was soon handed over to the Government.

In the early years, the Gardens played an important role in foresting agricultural development in Singapore and he region though collecting, growing, experimenting and distributing potentially useful plants. One of the earliest and most important successes was the introduction , experimentation and promotion of Para Rubber, Hevea brasiliensis, from 1877. This became a major crop that brought great prosperity to the South East Asian region. In the 1920’s the Gardens spearheaded orchid breeding and started its orchid hybridisation programme. In contemporary imes, the Gardens aso played a key role in Singapore’s Garden City programme through the continual introduction of plants of horticultural and botanical interest.

Today, the 63-hecatre (155.7 acre) Gardens is home to a great diversity of tropical plants set in verdant landscapes. Here is a tropical Eden, rich with 150 years of history, where time seems to stand still. Be it a rejuvenating walk in solitude, a romantic rendezvous or a day with your family, the Gardens has plenty to offer.

This is the THE BANDSTAND, a glimpse of Victorian Heritage. This was erected in the early 1960’s as a focal point of the original landscape design of Singapore Botanic Gardens. The bandstand is surrounded by a rim of handsome Yellow Rain Trees which is still more or less in it its original form. The present octagonal structure was built in 1930 and regimental bands played here then, staged early evening performances by military bands for many years. Although no longer used for music performances, it has always been an object for painters and a landmark feature of the Garden.

This is the SWAN LAKE where you can see dancing swans. Almost as old as the Gardens, the serene Swan Lake was completed in 1866. White Mute Swans from Amsterdam glide gracefully over the lake’s smooth waters. The island on the lake is a familiar and timeless landmark, crowned by elegantly feathery Nibung palms.

This is the National Orchid Garden, a Fairyland of Blooms. It is the largest display of Tropical Orchids in the World. Dazzling banks of orchids, vibrantly colorful, create the unique atmosphere of the National Orchid Garden. Dedicated to showcasing the finest orchids, it’s the place to enjoy the splendor of thousands of these gorgeous blooms. Over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids are found in the Gardens’ collection.

This is Vanda Miss Joaquim which is the National Flower of Singapore. This was chosen to be the National Flower of Singapore since 1981. This exquisite orchid was discovered by Miss Agnes Joaquim in her garden in 1893.

If just ogling at their beauty is not enough, then you can even take home some orchids dipped in gold, from the souvenir shop.

HOW TO GET THERE:

By Car/Taxi via major Entrances of the Garden

  • Tanglin Gate/Botany Centre at the junction of Holland and Napier Road
  • Nassim Gate/Visitor Centre at the junction of Cluny and Nassim Road
  • Tyersall Avenue Access to the National Orchid Garden and Ginger Garden
  • Cluny Park Gae along Cluny Park Road via Bukit Timah Road
  • Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden Visitor Centre via junction of Bukit Timah Kheam Hock Roads

Parking is available at the above entrances.

By Bus

  • Tanglin Gate: Board SBS Transit Nos. 7, 105, 123, 174, and SMRT Bus Nos. 75, 77, 106 and alight along Napier Road.
  • Bukit Timah Access & Access to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden: Board SBS Transit Nos. 48, 66, 151, 154, 156, 170, 186 and SMRT Bus Nos. 67, 171, and slight along Bukit Timah or Dunearn Road.

OPERATING HOURS:

  • The Gardens’ Grounds is open daily from 5:00am to midnight
  • National Orchid Garden: 8:30am to 7:00pm (Last ticket sales is at 6pm)

ADMISSION FEES:

Adults : SGD 5.oo

Students/Senior Citizens 60 years and above: SGD 1.00

Children 12 years and below: Free