Hanging Gardens of Baylon were said to be towered hundreds of feet in the air; they were indeed the wonders of the ancient world. But it’s 21st century, and there are still true classics that attracts tourists like a bee towards nectar. Gardens By The Bay in the Lion city, Singapore is one of such places. It would not be wrong if we say it's kind of another world. From supertrees, stone sculptures, indoor waterfalls, and plant conservatories, the Gardens have everything that can make your garden story worth telling.
The island city is as culturally rich as technologically advanced. And in a bid to fuel tourism, the successful collaborations of the government with the best architects and landscape artists have presented the world with Gardens By The Bay, which is a collective of three enormous ecosystems; Bay Central, Bay South and Bay East. Here you can learn about rare plants, take some great pictures, enjoy a magnificent view from of the Marina Bay Sands and just walk around this mysterious world built by man.
Have you ever wondered how concrete jungles might look like? Then the cloud forest is a must visit for you. The architects cum artists have created a whole new concept with planted walls, artificial waterfalls – something absolutely surreal!
The Flower Dome sits alongside the 0.8-hectare Cloud Forest. A mysterious world veiled in mist, surrounded by over 60,000 plants and floral gems from the Tropical Montane regions. Be amazed as you come face-to-face with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 35 metres! Go on a trek behind the waterfall and enjoy the refreshing cool air and majestic views of the waterfall below.
Descend through the surreal mist-veiled Cloud Walk and explore the seven discovery zones – Cloud Walk, Lost World, Waterfall View, Crystal Mountain, Earth Check, +5 Degrees and Secret Garden. Unlike most temperate greenhouses with warm interiors, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are climate-controlled in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner; this provides a cool environment that brings forth the concept of perpetual spring in the tropics.
OCBC Skyway & Supertrees
There are these futuristic looking trees that are lighted up in different ways, and when the glimmer of lights gets in sync with the music, it gives a punch to the senses that can not be put into words. Every detail is perfectly tuned to create an atmosphere that will give you a fantastic feeling of wonder and stimulate your mind!
After all these mind-blowing experiences, what if I tell you that you can see the marvellous supertree from up close? At a height of 22 metres, surrounded by panoramic vistas of the Gardens and Marina Bay skyline, the OCBC Skyway is 128-metres of jaw-dropping awesomeness, and walking on it comes very close to feeling as if you're floating in mid-air. It's definitely a not to be missed experience.
Stroll along the OCBC Skyway during the day. It presents glorious photo-taking opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of the surrounding flora. As dusk falls, the captivating Marina Bay skyline emerges, and the entire area comes alive nightly with the Garden Rhapsody – a free light and sound show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
This would not be a tough guess as the name suggests what Flower Dome is all about. If you're into flower photography, then this place is no less than a haven for you. And if you're the one who just wants to see beautiful flowers, then you can gift a comely calm to your eyes here.
Awarded by Guinness World Record, the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse – Flower Dome houses unique plants from 5 continents – Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Australia.
The wide array of plants are featured in replicated cool and dry Mediterranean climate and semi-arid subtropical regions of the world in 9 different gardens – Baobabs and Bottle Trees, Succulent Garden, Australian Garden, South African Garden, South American Garden, California Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Olive Grove and Changing Flower Field Display. The vivid floral displays on the Flower Field are refreshed periodically to bring ever-changing horticultural experiences to visitors.
Featuring more than one million plants from more than 5,000 species, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore showcases the best of horticulture, sustainability and architectural design. It is a must-see on any visit to Singapore, filled with wonders from around the world. Gardens by the Bay is the only one of its kind. It is one place where you can see nature and technology interacting in the best way possible.