Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic garden that sits on a 101-hectare site at Marina Bay. Located near the equator, Singapore is the perfect location for such a lush tropical paradise, and the brand-new $790 million botanical attraction at Marina Bay looks promising as a grand attraction while its lofty aims to become the world's most premier tropical garden is within reach.
Gardens by the Bay comprises three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central.
With an area covering 54 hectares, Bay South is the largest garden. Designed by UK-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates, this lively and vibrant garden features a mass display of tropical flowers and coloured foliage alongside the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry in town.
Two glass biomes make up the cooled conservatories which houses about 226,000 plants from every continent except Antartica.
Flower dome - (cool dry biome) replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe like Spain and Italy.
Cloud forest - (cool moist biome) replicates a cool-moist climate found in Tropical Montane regions between 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level, such as Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, and high elevation areas in South America.
Supertrees are uniquely designed vertical gardens ranging from 25 to 50 metres in
height, with emphasis placed on the vertical display of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns. A 128-metre-long aerial walkway connects two 42-metre Supertrees in the Supertree Grove that allows visitors to take in a different view of the Gardens from a height of 22 metres.
Other attractions and facilities
It has events spaces to host a variety of events while not forgetting the F&B spaces that give diners a unique greenery experience. Located on the western side of Bay South Garden is the Dragonfly Lake that forms a waterfront along other attractions. Another major draw is the World of Plants which is a collection of six gardens that reflect the biodiversity of plant life on our planet. Last but not least, Heritage Gardens reflects the culture of Singapore's main ethnic groups.
Bay East and Bay Central gardens will be ready by 2015. Once completed, visitors can expect to see plants and foliage from all around the world in special sections of the Gardens.
Entry to the garden is free, but admission fees will apply to the two conservatories, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest and at the 128m-long aerial walkway.
Gardens by the Bay is open daily from 5am to 2am
Published on Jan 13, 2013