Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569Getting there
Bus: 7, 105, 123, 174
Metro: Botanic Gardens
+65-6471 7138 / +65-6471 7361Email More information Prices
Garden admission free,
National Orchid Garden adult/child under 12yr $5/free
Botanic Gardens: 5am-midnight,
National Orchid Garden: 8.30am-7pm, last entry 6pm,
Healing Garden: 5am-7.30pm Wed-Mon,
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden: 8am-7pm Tue-Sun, last entry 6.30pm
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a wonderful green space that families can enjoy together.
Just minutes away from Orchard Road, the Botanic Gardens provides city-dwelling Singaporeans an escape to nature; one that extends from Tanglin Road to Bukit Timah Road.
Broadly divided into three sectors - the Tanglin Core, the Central Core and the Bukit Timah Core - there are many beautiful spots of nature that both children and adults can enjoy within the Gardens.
Pack a picnic basket, bring a ball or Frisbee or just take a leisurely stroll through the Garden's grounds. It is a perfect place to slow down and escape the demands of busy city life while soaking in nature, fresh air and time with the family.
Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens played an important historical role in the introduction and promotion of many plants of economic value to Southeast Asia, including the Para rubber tree. Over the years, the Gardens has continued to introduce and rejuvenate its horticultural attractions, each designed to enchant and delight while continuing its mission of connecting plants and people.
Today, the 74-hectare Gardens is a key civic and community space, and a national tourist destination. Attracting an annual visitorship of more than 4 million, it is also an important institution for tropical botanical and horticultural research, education and conservation.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens showcases the best and most spectacular of tropical flora, including more than 10,000 types of plants and the region’s most significant living collection of documented palms, orchids, cycads and gingers. Its historic 19th century garden landscape is well preserved and includes the earliest ornamental designed lake in Singapore. Home to numerous heritage trees and a tract of primary rainforest, the Gardens is less than a 10-minute walk from the shopping belt in Orchard Road.
Carved out within the tropical setting lies a marshgarden awash with water lilies and papyrus plants, the sundial garden with pruned hedges, and a ginger garden filled with 300 related specimens of a family that includes lilies, turmeric, and even bananas. Who knew? Sculptures by international artists dot throughout. As you wander, look for the Cannonball tree (named for its cannonball-shaped fruit), Para rubber trees, teak trees, bamboos, and a huge array of palms, including the sealing wax palm -- distinguished by its bright scarlet stalks -- and the rumbia palm, which bears the pearl sago. The fruit of the silk-cotton tree is a pod filled with silky stuffing that was once used for stuffing pillows. Flowers like bougainvilleas and heliconias add beautiful color.
The National Orchid Garden is 3 hectares (7 1/2 acres) of gorgeous orchids growing along landscaped walks. The English Garden features hybrids developed here and named after famous visitors to the garden -- there's the beautifully twisted Margaret Thatcher, the Benazir Bhutto, the Vaclav Havel, and more. The gift shops sell live hydroponic orchids in test tubes for unique souvenirs.
At the Bukit Timah edge of the Botanic Gardens is Asia's first dedicated children's garden. The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is a lovely place for under-12s to play and explore while developing an appreciation for plants and nature. Children can do outdoor puzzles, learn about food and drinks that comes from plants, explore the maze, or become happily soaked in a fountain play area (bring swimming gear). Admission is free and it's open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 7pm (tel. 65/6465-0196).
The gardens have three lakes. Symphony Lake surrounds an island band shell for "Concert in the Park" performances by the local symphony and international entertainers. Call visitor services at the number below for performance schedules.
Volunteers run free guided tours of different areas of the park every Saturday at 9am and 10am, often with additional tours at 11am and 4pm. Register 15 minutes before the walk at the Visitor Centre near Nassim Gate.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is managed by the National Parks Board.
Reviews by visitors
Go there with a few hours in hand as you have a lot of walk to do to enjoy the Botanical Garden and make your way tgrough to National Orchid Garden. Very well maintained, a good spot to go with family and kids with the play mood. You have to walk for about 20 minutes to reach the Orchid Garden.
If you love plants a must go. If you love to just walk through the greens this is the place.
One of Singapore's finest and most enduring attractions is the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Recently accorded the honor of being the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is the first in Asia and the third botanic gardens inscribed in the world following Orto botanico di Padova and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Loved by many and treasured by locals, it is a place for strolling, walking/running with your dog (a favorite), cycling, exercising, or just sitting on the carpeted grass on afternoons where concerts are held - it is a true Singaporean classic....made proudly in Singapore. Do visit.
The botanic gardens has lots of different experiences in one place. From the Orchid garden to the lake and the stages where there are often performances. The gardens themselves are pretty massive and you can easily spend a day perusing the beautiful flora and fauna. look out for jungle fowls, monitor lizards, squirrels and terapins.
The orchid garden is a must when you visit here,so many in one place,just gorgeous!!Lovely,peaceful gardens and so easy to get to via MR,just step out of the station and you are there.
Who would have thought you could find tranquility in the heart of a City. The Botanic Gardens were absolutely beautiful and worth the sweat walking around. Make sure you take lots of water.
Always difficult to recommend a place you visit as everybody has different views. We like nature and waking and seeng nature at its best. The orchid gardens are out were very special and a must if you like nature.
Easy to get to, the Orchid gardens are beautiful and worth a look at just $5 entry free. The gardens are otherwise free with lots of different areas you could spend hours wondering. There is a cafe restaurant, toilets and water fountains easily accessible. Take an umbrella just incase as the weather changes quickly. Great relaxing day here!
It is purely therapeutic oasis in the big city. I need to be there to unwind after being excited about hustle and bustle of the shopping heaven.
Nice cafe and restaurants are there too.
Don't miss the beautiful orchid garden (with small fee) and make sure to walk all the way to the lovely pond. I would love to go to a concert at their open air theater in the garden someday!
Well this probably was the best experience of seeing all types of Orchids ever - especially growing naturally in all types of settings. When we finished we were both keen to book another tour visit to see these exotic plants in a natural habitat.
There were hot houses and cool houses for different species - absolutely stunning.
Visit during dawn or dusk as the heat can really be bothersome considering how wide this park is. There's a lagoon with ducks wading. Good place to run, do yoga, read a book or just simply detox from the digital world.
The Botanical Gardens of Singapore are an absolute must see!
Never have I been to an outdoor attraction so meticulously maintained and as beautiful as this. It is stunning when you factor in that the majority of the park is also free of cost for visitors. The ground, sculptures, and rare species of trees, plants, etc. are wonderful and the setting is so relaxing.
For a small fee, you can go into the Orchid Gardens and see some of the most beautiful nature again just painstakingly cared more.
I would visit again and again and if I lived in Singapore this would be my regular space for outdoor exercise.
We went here by off chance, and I am happy we didn't pass this oppurtunity. Although we didn't go into the selected gardens because of entry fees, the areas which you walk around for free are magnificent. However, I wouldn't recomend going without drinks and snacks, because there isn't a whole lot of spots to grab something to eat and drink (in the free area anyway)
This facilty, spread over a huge area, offers a fantastic evening range of plants, shrubs plus the wonderful Orchid Garden. The site is quite hilly, but wheelchair friendly, and beautifully laid out.
My mom is a botany enthusiast, so she had a whale of a time at the park, identifying most plants by their biological names while i was quizzing her with the tags hidden. Don't miss the orchid gardens as well.
Visited the Botanic Gardens as part of the city tour of Singapore while en route to a tour of Australia so time was limited. The section of the Gardens we saw was beautiful with such a large variety of orchids some of which were named after visiting dignitaries and royalty. Well worth a visit.
Free to enter and on the hop on hop off route, this place is huge! Locals picnic and do wedding/grad/engagement photo shoots here. There are cafes & gift shops. Lily ponds, water fountains and sculpture along with tree & plant specimens keep your eyes happy and your mind at peace. There is a fee to enter the National Orchid Garden which is well worth it. Gorgeous orchids of every size & color abound!
A beautiful garden, very cheap to visit and a good day out to walk around and relax. easy to get to by cab (and cheaply), there were a couple of school groups walking around while I was there but the gardens are so big I rarely saw them. Maps are available but honestly it's much better to just wander.
A word of warning, if you get hot easily. you will sweat buckets!
We enjoyed the relaxing stroll around the place. We love The different flower varieties in the gardens. The whole experience is so relaxing.
Arriving by cab mid morning, the gardens were very busy with ex-pats, families and school groups. I grabbed a map but just wandered the beautiful paths. Despite the large number of people there, it was not crowded or noisy. The gardens are very well maintained and provide a lot of information about the various plants. Definitely worth the visit to the Orchid House, truely beautiful. My most favourite part though was the Garden on Evolution. So well thought out and executed, it was very clever and very informative. Take water, however you can buy drinks around the park. I purchased mosquito repellant at the gift shop, but didn't need it during the middle of the day. Would defiantly return.
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