Segregation of Botanical Gardens
Orchid Garden, the foremost attraction within the Botanic Gardens, is located on the mid-western side of the Garden. Sprawling over a hilly terrain on 3 hectares land, the Garden boasts a collection of 1,000 plus species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids.
The 1.5 hectare Evolution Garden, located in central part of the Botanical Gardens, gives information about the evolution of plant life on our planet through the ages. Added to the Gardens recently, it has soon gained popularity among the tourists.
The 1 hectare Ginger Garden, located next to the National Orchid Garden, houses the plants related with ginger family. For the tourists' comfort, a gift shop and a restaurant have also been established here. There is a waterfall too which can serve as a good picnic place for relaxing.
Singapore is unique for having a tropical rain forest within it's city limits. The Botanic Gardens has a 6 hectare rain forest. A bigger rain forest at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is also located within Singapore City.
Other attractions of the Gardens include Botany Center, Green Pavilion, Saraca Stream Walk, Palm Valley, Bandstand Area, Sundiaal Garden and Sun Garden. Three pristine lakes, namely Symphony Lake, Eco Lake and Swan Lake are also located within the Gardens' boundaries. One can enjoy musical concerts at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage on Symphony Lake.
The credit of establishing the Botanical Gardens in 1822 goes to Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore and an admirer of nature. However, due to financial reasons, the Gardens had to be closed in 1829. The present Gardens began in 1859, with the support of the colonial government.
How To Reach
Botanical Gardens is located on Cluny Road in Singapore. Number of buses are available on the Gardens, specially from Holland Road and Bukit Timah Road. One can also take taxis or cars to reach the Gardens.