Singapore Botanic Gardens at Bukit Timah

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is Asia’s top-ranking garden on TripAdvisor since 2013 based on Traveler rating. At more than one-and-a-half centuries old, the gardens is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the league of tropical gardens and was declared during the 39th session of the UN agency in 2015. In 2008, the gardens received a 3-star rating by Michelin and the International Garden Tourism Awards awarded it the inaugural Garden of the Year Award in 2012. In Malay, the gardens is known as the Kebun Bunga Singapura.

Singapore Botanic Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site

Its founding in 1859 is credited to an agri-horticultural and until now occupies the original 82 hectares. During the rubber trade boom in the 20th Century in the region, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was instrumental following the spearheading of plant cultivation research by Henry Nicholas Ridley who at the time was the scientific director. The promotion of the rubber extraction technique to planters within the region led to a book in rubber output that leaked in the 1920s to top latex production globally. Singapore Botanic Gardens is located near to Fourth Avenue Residences next to Sixth Avenue MRT Station at Bukit Timah on the Downtown Line.

Singapore Botanic Gardens Different Species of Greeneries

Even today, the Gardens is a globally recognized orchid research site, as it houses the National Orchid Garden that has about 2,000 orchid hybrids and approximately 1,200 species within the main gardens. Moreover, it is home to over 10,000 species of floral that stretch vertically for up to 1.6 miles between the southern and the northern ends.

During Singapore’s independence, expertise drawn from the Gardens helped in the transformation of the island into the tropical garden city it is today. To honor visiting heads of states, celebrities and other dignitaries, Singapore names the finest of its orchids after them and displays them at the famous VIP Gardens. The Gardens does not charge any fees to enter and is normally open from 0500 hours through 0000 hours all year round to receive more than four-and-a-half million visitors per year.

Singapore Botanic Gardens of Singapore Botanic Gardens

Visitors can access the gardens from its southern side through Napier and Holland Roads or via its western side using Cluny Park Road and Tyersall Avenue. One can also access the Gardens from the eastern and northern sides via Cluny and Bukit Timah Roads respectively. Although the Gardens have numerous entrance gates, Tanglin Gate along Holland Road is the main one.

Other features within the Gardens include the Burkill Hall (colonial plantation), a small rainforest (about 6 acres), the Tan Hoon Siang Mist house, Orchidarium, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, coolhouse, ginger garden, Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice Bromeliad House, and botany center. It is also home to Swan Lake, Eco-Lake and Symphony Lake.

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