If you dream of a vacation in Singapore, you will want to get your priorities straight before you start. Will you be staying in a hotel or searching for short term rentals? You will want to make sure you know what you want before you start.
One of the best things in Singapore will be incomplete without a visit to its latest attraction, Gardens by the Bay – a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres).
Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.
There are two distinctly different sets of horticultural themed gardens which centre on the relationships between “Plants and People” and “Plants and Planet“. They are an important part of the Gardens’ edutainment programme, which aims to bring plant knowledge to the public.
The “Plants and People” theme features a Heritage Garden that highlights the various cultural groups in Singapore and the important role that plants play in their respective cultures, as well as the country’s colonial history. It also focuses on economically important plants to Singapore and South East Asia.
The “Plants and Planet” theme emphasizes the web of relationships amongst the various plants within a fragile forest setting, showcasing the biodiversity of plant life on the planet.
The largest of the three gardens, Bay South, delights visitors with its rich diversity of plant life and an array of leisure offerings that include dining, retail and vibrant programming. Its iconic features – the cooled conservatories and the Supertrees – have enabled whole new worlds of botanical wonder to be showcased in Singapore, in a manner and scale unprecedented in this part of the globe. Within the Flower Dome, ever-changing floral displays including crowd favourites such as Tulipmania, Orchid Extravaganza and Blossom Beats bring the beauty and diversity of the plant kingdom to life for all to enjoy.
While plant displays remain the focal point of Gardens by the Bay, engaging programmes and excellent service form key pillars in enhancing the Gardens’ overall visitor experience.
The Gardens’ calendar – filled with signature festivals, music concerts and movie screenings, sports and community events, and educational workshops and school programmes – draw a wide spectrum of visitors to the Gardens. With more than 25 million visitors to date, Gardens by the Bay continues to refresh and refine its offerings, to make the Gardens a place that everyone can enjoy – a green jewel where wonder blooms.