Singapore Botanic Gardens
Known as the City in a Garden, Singapore’s Botanic Garden boasts 60 acres of pristine greenery. The country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, it is an oasis enjoyed by the public and tourists alike, popular for jogging, picnicking, or simply just relaxing. Highlights of the Singapore Botanic Gardens include The National Orchid Garden, SBG Heritage Museum, and the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
The first garden in Asia dedicated to little ones, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is a place for exploration, adventure and discovery. Its theme is ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’, the aim being to educate and inspire children with nature. With a farm, a forest, streams and ponds, budding naturalists can explore the suspension bridge, climb the tree-houses and learn about the ecology of plants and our environment in a fun and immersive way.
The National Orchid Garden
In the centre of the Singapore Botanic Gardens sits the National Orchid Garden, and the world’s largest orchid display. Showcasing over 60,000 plants and orchids, some being the most exotic, rare and beautiful you’ll ever see. Over the years, an orchid-breeding programme has produced some notably striking hybrids. Uniquely arranged to symbolise the four different seasons of the year. Cream and yellow orchids stand for spring, while bold pinks and reds represent summer. White is the main theme for winter, and purple and reds exhibit autumn.
Other interesting facts about the Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Singapore Botanic Gardens has been voted the number one park in Asia by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards for attractions
- The National Orchid Garden has named its hybrid orchids after the likes of Elton John, Jackie Chan and Princess Diana
- The Tembusu tree on the back of the $5 note is based on an actual tree living in the Singapore Botanic Gardens