Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Outdoor Gardens: 5:00 am to 2:00 am
Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and the OCBC Sky Way: 9:00 to 21:00
Gardens by the Bay are composed of Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. They are three waterfront gardens with different styles. As we all know, Singapore is a Garden City. Singapore is working on transferring Garden City to a City in the Garden. The principle of environmental sustainability runs through the whole concept of Gardens by the Bay. Bay South Garden is the first phase of the Gardens by the Bay development project. Every scenic spot of Bay South Garden tries its best to plan and design the sustainable cycle of energy and water. As a demonstration project, Gardens by the Bay will show the essence of Singapore as a tropical city in the garden and create a perfect environment suitable for living, working and entertainment.
Bay South Garden is the biggest garden among the three gardens. It covers an area of 54 hectares. It is designed by Grant Associates, a British landscape architecture company. This garden will show you the best tropical gardening and garden art. There are flowers, sound and light performances, media explanations and story telling. Bay East Garden is only open to the public as a temporary garden at present, and will be fully developed later. The Bay East Garden will be designed by Gustafson Porter, a British landscape architecture company. Bay Central Garden can connect Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. It will build a 3-kilometer waterfront promenade with a panoramic view of the city.
What to See in the Gardens by the Bay
The places to visit in Bay South Garden contain Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove, The Garden of Culture and Heritage, The World of Plants, Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lake. And Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove are the most popular places. And if you don’t have enough time, these 3 places are recommended for you.
Cooled Conservatories include Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. The two cooled conservatories are also representative projects of sustainable development engineering, adopting a series of advanced technologies to provide energy-efficient refrigeration solutions. There are more than 400 species of plants in the conservatories. In addition to permanently displaying some interesting plants and tree species, the Flower Dome will also replace some of the displayed flowers according to the seasonal changes, so that tourists can feast their eyes. The Cloud Forest has a waterfall, it is 6-storey high. Every day, fog will be gushed out. The Cloud Forest is like a wonderland in the fog. The two conservatories are indoor, and they are good places for escaping summer heat.
Supertree is not a tree, but a tree-structure vertical garden. There are 18 Supertrees in the Supertree Grove, and their heights range from 25 meters to 50 meters. These unique vertical gardens create amazing elements by vertically displaying tropical climbing plants, crawling plants and ferns. The inspiration of the tree structure is from the dominant tree species in tropical rain forest. They combine the shape and function of full-grown trees, which can not only support the growth of plants, but also simulate the ecological function of trees. There is a sky way between the two Supertrees, which is convenient for tourists to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Gardens by the Bay from different angles. The "crown" of the Supertree can provide shade during the day and illuminate at night.
Garden of Culture and Heritage
The theme of Garden of Culture and Heritage is plants and human beings. It reflects the history and culture of the four major races in Singapore and the legacy left over from the colonial period through four gardens. Inspired by Indian folk culture, India Garden reflects the culture of early Indian immigrants and displays patterns with flowers as the theme. China Garden shows the Chinese gardening culture and emphasizes the relationship between man and nature. It reflects the concept of harmonious coexistence between man and nature by recapturing landscape by using rocks, waterscape and trees carefully pruned. Malaysia Garden reflects traditional life of Kampong, which refers to rural life. Malaysia Garden shows the plants that Malaysia group daily use. Colonial Garden shows a variety of commercial crops, including many kinds of famous spices that colonists bring.
Garden of Culture and Heritage
The World of Plants
The theme of the World of Plants is plants and the earth. It shows the the biodiversity of plants on the earth by 6 gardens. The Mysterious Life of Tree will explore the mystery of trees, their evolution, their functions, and their role in the tropical rain forest. The Palms World shows the diversity and richness of tropical palms and the special position of palms in ecological environment. The multifunctional use of palms will be showed here. The Mystery of the Underground World shows the plants in the root zone and ground layer of the forest, which makes people understand how plants adapt and survive and the whole process of decomposition in a specific environment, such as low light and poor soil. The World of Flowers and Fruits describes the formation and use of flowers and fruits, the relationship between plants and flowers and fruits, and the cultivation of flowers and fruits in rainforest. The Plants Exploration Park tells the history of plant evolution in different life stages of the earth and shows some ancient flora. The Web of Life emphasizes the interrelationship between animals and rainforest, including keystone species and food chain of rainforest.
World of Plants
How to get to Gardens by the Bay
Subway: Take Circle Line MRT, get off at Bay front Station, walk to the Gardens by the Bay
Bus: take North South Line, get out of the station from Exit A, take SBS 400 to the Gardens by the Bay