The city of Singapore may be a global financial centre, but it is also filled with lush green spaces. Here are our top three
Gardens by the Bay
The tag line for this huge nature park is ‘a green gem where wonder blooms’ – and it’s true. Head for the award-winning cooled conservatories of Bay South and step into the Flower Dome where you will find ever-changing floral displays such as Tulipmania, Orchid Extravaganza and Blossom Beats, then enter the mysterious mountain world of the Cloud Forest and discover plants living 2,000m above sea level. And of course, no one can miss the Supertrees; ranging from 25-50m tall, these vertical gardens are home to around 162,000 plants. Stand in awe amid these iconic giants, or if you have a head for heights, stroll along the 22m high Skyway and enjoy panoramic views of the Gardens and Marina Bay skyline.
This 160 year-old garden is a tropical sanctuary in the heart of the city. The first - and only - UNESCO World Heritage listed tropical botanic garden, it is a unique example of the informal English Landscape Movement style in an equatorial climate. There is so much to see, from Bonsais and succulents to wetlands and a whole area dedicated to ginger, but if you only see one thing, make sure it’s the orchids. A part of the Botanic Garden since 1859, there are over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display.
Therapeutic Gardens in Parks
Singapore has had a wonderful programme of outdoor gardens designed to meet the physical, psychological and social needs of park users. One of the best is The Therapeutic Garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, which has been created to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into four zones: Fragrance zone, Biodiversity zone, Edibles and Medicinal zone and Colours and Textures zone.
See it for yourself on one of our new tour programmes to the Singapore Garden Festival and Exotic Asia here