Singapore is a medley of wondrous manmade and natural attractions that takes you on a journey through beautiful experiences. Nevertheless, the country boasts its high dynamism and innovation through its advanced urbanism and introduction of artificially created stellar natural attractions that are identical to natural experiences. Singapore offers amazing attractions created specifically to give experiences unparallel to any other in the world – be it the world’s first night safari zoo, an underwater journey into the realms of aquatic life or an awe-inspiring walk through enchanted gardens filled with majestic trees and endless sights of plants and flowers known as the Gardens by the Bay. This mesmerizing stretch of gardens dominated by giant SuperTrees at the waterfront with Singapore’s amazing skyline as a backdrop is a pioneering landmark and a deserving feat added to Singapore’s breakthrough attractions. The Gardens by the Bay is sure to knock your breath away with its sheer splendour, here’s some interesting trivia about Singapore’s latest icon.
This one of a kind city garden was conceived with a vision to create ‘a city in a garden’ and encourage development of lush green spaces in the country to turn Singapore into a tropical garden nation with perfect environment for a healthy work and life balance. The idea formulated the concept of having a sprawling garden amid the bustling city which will provide a cool recreational and educational experience along the mesmerising waterfront and city views. Spanning over 101 hectares of reclaimed land in the south of Singapore, this horticulture heaven is split into three garden areas -– Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, each having plants and trees of different varieties from around the world. Built to make the city more lush and nature oriented, Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s latest addition to its UNESCO Heritage site.
A magnanimous project that would propel Singapore’s tourism influx stupendously, first and foremost needed a great design and meticulous planning. To achieve a unique top-notch layout and design of this magnificent garden, an international design competition was organized where 170 firms from over 24 countries participated with their ideas. The final designs were chosen by a 11 member jury and two winners were announced- Grant Associates whose designs were chosen for Bay South, and Gustafson Porter who designed the Bay East Garden. Bay Central Garden was decided to be made later. The concept, plans and models were exhibited for the locals at the Singapore Botanical Gardens which received overwhelming positive reviews from the public. The feedback further pushed the plans to take action and the vision of a larger-than-life garden commenced to transform into reality.
The Bay South Garden is the biggest garden of the three gardens and represents the best of tropical horticulture, gardening creativity and innovative architecture. The design of the garden is inspired by Singapore’s national flower- Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ orchid. The landscape is where all major attractions are located – two main conservatories, themed gardens and the SuperTree Grove presenting rich assortment of foliage for its visitors to experience diverse botanical sights from around the world.
A surreal sight of towering trees welcomes you as you enter the Gardens by the Bay. Known as the SuperTree Grove, this unique garden has around 18 massive tree like structures created to form one of a kind vertical garden covered in plants and colourful displays of flowers. Each of the trees is a separate garden comprising of more than 200 species and varieties of flowers, plants and climbers. A walk on the suspended aerial walkway known as the OCBC Skyway between two of the SuperTrees gives breathtaking panoramas of the garden. The canopied trees acts as a shade to visitors during the day and in the evening, the illuminated trees put up a splendid Garden Rhapsody show of synchronised lights and music.
An outlandish and impossible feat made into reality is the Cloud Forest – a concept of having a forest amid mists is depicted brilliantly in this enclosed arena which has a 35 metres tall mountain surrounded with a misty ambience, covered in lush vegetation and dominated by world’s tallest indoor waterfalls. The atmosphere replicates the cool mountainous cloudy climate and exhibits foliage and rare plants of the tropical highlands up to 2000 metres above sea level in 7 discovery zones.
A world of colourful blooms- The Flower Dome is a zealous display of flowers and rare plants in a cool – dry Mediterranean climate. A place where flowers blossom every day, the Flower Dome presents an exhilarating colourful displays of flowers that keep changing as per different seasons, themes and festivals. Situated inside are 9 exquisite gardens based on 5 continents where you can find trees and plants that grow only in those regions.
The main idea behind constructing such a garden on epic scale is to showcase Singapore as a nation that respects the eco system and bio diversity. The need to change the perspective of Singapore from a new age urbanised nation to a green eco friendly country and keeping in mind the problem of climate change on the rise, Singapore’s perseverance regarding eco balance is flaunted in Gardens by the Bay. It imbues energy and water sustainability in its attractions by implementing cutting edge technology. The cooled conservatories of Flower Dome and Cloud Forest run on techniques that provide energy efficient cooling solutions, the Super Trees are installed with photovoltaic cells on its canopies that absorb solar energy which are later used for illuminating the trees at night, the Dragon fly and Kingfisher lakes is a scenic treat for aquatic lovers but it has a dual role as an eco-filter to cleanse water pumped in from the Marina reservoir and to maintain better water quality.
Singapore’s very own mini verdant forest is a hi-tech marvel and catapults the nation as a nature conserving and eco friendly country. With these Gardens by the Bay facts, you can make out that this garden of wonders is not just a nature delight and respite for its guests to get away from the buzzing city rushes; it is a way to give something back to nature and help preserve it. Though Singapore marvels everyone with a plethora of attractions which makes it slightly confusing on what to include on your tour, Gardens by the Bay is an obvious must visit landmark that you should visit on your Singapore trip.