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SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS - Wilderness for beginners


About the Botanic Gardens:

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, the Singapore Botanic Gardens lie near the city center and within easy reach from Orchard Road.
The Gardens have their origin in the mid-nineteenth century as a leisure park and a venue for horticultural shows. The park soon gained scientific and commercial importance; especially the cultivation of the rubber tree and its distribution throughout the region as well as the orchid breeding and hybridisation programmes are closely connected to the history of the Gardens.
Apart from theme gardens like the Evolution Garden or the Ginger Garden, the National Orchid Garden is among the main attractions.
 

Leaf of the Snowflake Tree (Trevesia burckii)

 

Buttress roots

 

In addition to the above mentioned attractions, a small patch of primary rainforest can still be found in the middle of the park. Tree ferns, strangling figs, lianas, rattan palms - with more than three hundred plant species on six hectares the Gardens' rainforest is an impressive testimony of the diversity of tropical habitats and a must-see for visitors.
A leisure stroll in the shade of forest giants some fifty meters high and accompanied by the screeching serenades of cicadas is one of the most enchanting experiences.
 

About the tour:

From a stroll through the small patch of primary rainforest with its complex plant life, to the Tembusu Tree (Fagraea frangrans) that is featured on the 5-Dollar-note, to the history of the rubber tree and its significance for Singapore and the region - this approximately 2-hour walk is all about plants.
The walk can be extended by a visit to the National Orchid Garden (additional charges apply).
 

Bandstand

 

General information / How to get there:

 

Things to bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain gear
  • Sun protection
  • Plastic bags to waterproof valuables and electronic gadgets
  • Comfortable walking shoes

 

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