Botanic Gardens is the most popular picnic spot of Singapore. The park is filled with families who come here with their sandwiches and mats to enjoy some time out with their families. Spread in a huge area, The Botanic Gardens have green meadows, scenic foliage and amazing sculptures everywhere. For those who love flowers can also visit the National Orchid Garden. This garden is one of its kinds and it is the home to 1,000 species of plants along with more than 2,000 hybrids.
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Tel: +65 6471 7138
Singapore Botanic Gardens are located in Central Singapore and a five-minute walk from Orchid Road.
MRT: You can get down at Orchid MRT Station, Botanic Gardens MRT Station.
Bus: Take the bus no. SMRT 75,77,106, 67,101, SBS Transit 7,33,174
Singapore Botanic Gardens are one of the oldest gardens in Singapore and a major attraction for travellers. The 150-year-old garden describes "the city in the garden". It is like heaven for park and nature lovers. The Singapore Botanic Gardens boasts a rich history of huge collection of exotic plants from across the world.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens were established in 1859. One can trace the origin of the gardens in 1822 when Stamford Raffles suggested the plan of allotting the 19-hectare site for developing a botanical garden mainly for cultivation of cash crop and to set up a preservation centre for native plants.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens was closed from 1829 to 1836 due to financial constraints. In 1836, 2.8 hectares of the garden was used to cultivate nutmeg. In 1859 The Singapore Botanic Gardens was established in Tanglin. It was made as an ornament garden which reflects English style garden with pathways and terraces.
In 1877, rubber plantation was started and by 1888 the plantation spread across the Malaya and made it the world’s biggest producer of natural rubber. From 1920 The Singapore Botanic Gardens have started the plantation of orchid flower and has become one of the largest producers of orchids. Orchid is now the National flower of Singapore.
Singapore Botanic Gardens is the most visited garden in the world and honoured as the first UNESCO World Heritage site. It is divided into three zones, Tanglin, Central, and Bukit Timah. Tanglin is oldest of them, this area has historical and oldest landmarks including the Swan Lake, Tanglin entrance gate, Bandstand, Heritage Museum, herbarium research centre with 7,50,000 species. The Central zone has botanical and horticulture places like Ginger Garden. One can find 250 species of ginger, not as a spice but as the flower. You can see the Palm Valley, fragrant Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The National Orchid Garden is spread across 3-acres with over 2000 hybrids and 1000 species, this is for an orchid lover who wants to explore the flower. Discover many spots in the Orchid Garden such as Coolhouse.
VIP Orchid Garden is the home of orchid’s most popular variety. Close to 100 famous personalities have visited the garden, like Princess Diana, Elizabeth, Maasako Kotaishi Hidenka. Rainforest is also set up in the central zone.
The Bukit Timah zone has the children garden, it was opened on children’s day as Asia's first children’s garden. The garden has tree houses, water play area, etc. Children get knowledge about plantation and the ecosystem, farm forest from this garden. There are other attractions also such as Ridley Hall, Holttun hall and many more.