Singapore is called the Garden City because of our love and dedication to taking care of our green nature spaces. And when it comes to the list of the most popular botanic garden, The Singapore Botanic Garden is number one in the list, and it is considered as the legend of all nature parks for all nature lovers because of its popularity not only in Singapore but all around the world with over four million visitors annually.
It was Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site declared on July 4, 2015; this garden is about 150 years old. It predated the nation of Singapore and was established in the British colonial era. Singapore Botanic Garden is credited for a lot of the world’s rubber production, and Singapore being awarded a beautiful green city. It is a must-see for all the tourists and a great way to be with nature.
1. BE STUNNED BY THE NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN
Singapore is famous for orchids, and we have an enormous variety of orchids in a single garden. The very first attraction that you will see upon entry is the National Orchid Garden. It is the main thing that people come to see, and this is the only attraction with an admission fee, but it’s well worth going inside because they have the world’s largest display of orchids in one place.
The most impressive collection of orchids are in TAN HOON SIANG: Mistthouse. This is where you will see some of the most colorful and spectacular variety of orchids in the closest proximity.
Another fantastic attraction within the National Orchid Garden is the Cool House, and you can go in here to beat the heat or beat the rain and see the orchids feeling like walking in a cool misty jungle.
The Botanic Garden is also a popular place for weddings. If you come on a weekend, the chances are you will see numerous private events, and that’s also mean that some of the historical buildings like the Burkill Hall will be closed off for those events.
2. PLAYING IN GRASSY AREAS
The Botanic Garden also has extensive grassy areas popular for random weekend fun like playing games, photography, or sitting while reading a book.
3. EATING AND RESTING AT THE GARDEN CENTER
At the center of the Botanic Garden, you will find The Visitor’s Center and the Gardens Shop, it is considered the gift shop, and it is a perfect place to go in if you want to rest a bit and have some air conditioning. Beside the Gardens Shop is the Casa Verde Restaurant. It is also a great place to eat while looking out the garden; you can get western treats and Singaporean favorites.
4. THE TRELLIS GARDEN
The Trellis Garden showcases climbing plants that are on trellises. While walking through this garden, you will see lots of other climbing species.
5. LEARNING THROUGH GARDEN SIGNS
The garden is also quite well signed, so if you forgot to pick up a map at the entrance, you could find your way by following the various signs throughout the garden. In addition to having directional signs, they also have good signs to tell you about the multiple areas. It is a good way of being educated while appreciating the beauty of each plant.
6. THE FOLIAGE GARDEN
Beyond the Bougainvillea Garden is the Foliage Garden. This one has a lovely wooden boardwalk that you can walk through, and this is where you will see different old-school plants like in popular landscaping and house plants.
7. WALKING THROUGH THE VAST TROPICAL RAIN FOREST
Low and behold, this section of the garden is a six hectares rain forest. Singapore is one of the only two cities globally with a tropical rainforest inside it, and the other one is Rio de Janeiro. The neat part about being in the rain forest is when it rains, it’s a little wet, but you can see the trees on top hold the rain away pretty well.
8. TOURING THE EVOLUTION GARDEN
This garden takes you through a nature walk through the evolution of the world. It begins with rocks, and then it goes into ponds, palm trees, and finally a rain forest section. One of the things that this garden does well is it takes you through different zones, and as you walk through the path of this garden, it feels like you’re in other geographical places even though you’re just a few feet apart.
9. BE HEALED IN A HEALING GARDEN
Just about the evolution garden is the Healing Garden, it is one of the attractions of the Botanic Garden, and it’s homes for over 400 varieties of medicinal plants.
If all those medicinal plants in the healing garden have got you hungry, you might want to check out The Food Canopy. It’s just below the healing garden, like a mini Hawker Center. Get the Kaya Toast with coffee or tea for a traditional breakfast that you can have in any Hawker Center. It is a Singaporean National Dish.
10. THE PALM VALLEY
Adjacent to Symphony Lake is the Palm Valley, there are over 800 palm trees planted here, and it is half of the known palm trees in the world. And throughout the park, they have several heritage trees with signs to tell you about them.
11. KNOWING SINGAPORE’S NATIONAL FLOWER: VANDA MISS JOAQUIM
The orchids back in palm valley are the famous Vanda Miss Joaquin; these are the first hybrid orchids ever made in Singapore back in 1893.
12. TAKING PICTURES IN THE BANDSTAND
One of the historical monuments in this 1930s Bandstand, bands used to perform here, they no longer do now but guess what it is a popular spot for wedding pictures.
A little bit after the Bandstand and things at the gardens an open hills with a lake called the Swan Lake where you can see beautiful swans gliding gracefully across the peaceful lake.
This area is about 300 meters to the Tangent Gate which is the closest to Orchard Road, and also has lots of restaurants down that you might want to check out if you are hungry, walking for over 2-5 hours exploring the vast garden.
Touring and moving into different areas of the Singapore Botanic Garden also requires you enough time to explore it fully. Good thing that there is a platform like Shariot that allows you to book a vehicle whenever you need it when planning to visit a place like this. We provide the best possible comfort, safety, and service in a seamless travel experience. So if your travel takes you to Singapore, then definitely check out the Singapore Botanic Garden to admire some plants like orchids or nature.