Singapore lies on the equator and is the third-densest populated country in the world. Space is a luxury in the tiny country with only 283 sq miles and some 5.5 million people. But Singapore still manages to find the space to have one of the most famous city parks in the world. The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park and part of Singapore's plans to transform itself.
The Gardens by the Bay are located next to Singapore's luxury Marina Bay Sands (which everyone should visit and swim in its iconic infinity pool). Singapore wishes to become more of a "City in a Garden" than a "Garden City." Singapore has become an unlikely must for plant lovers.
Singapore's Massive Gardens By The Bay
Singapore is highly developed and seeks to raise the quality of life by enhancing the greenery and the flora of the city.
The Gardens by the Bay is made up of three waterfront gardens - Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. The park has proven to be immensely popular and has attracted countless millions of visitors since opening.
- Size: 101 Hectares (250 Acres)
- Spaces: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden
- First Opened: 2012
The Gardens are located by the Marina Bay Waterfront right down in the heart of Singapore. It has a large collection of innovative conservatories, Supertrees, and other structures.
The Giant Gardens By The Bay Conservatories
The Gardens by the Bay has three massive conservatories - two of which (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) are cooled. Each of the conservatories has its own entry fees.
The Flower Dome in Bay South Gardens is the largest of three cooled conservatories. It is the largest glass greenhouse in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It houses plants and flowers from five continents. The plants range from orchids to thousand-year-old olive trees.
- Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
The Floral Fantasy is the second of the three indoor conservatories in the Gardens. The dome goes into history and fantasy with this collection of plants. It is subdivided into four distinct zones that take inspiration from fairy tales and the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon. See works of floral art, cavernous spaces, and dramatic driftwood sculptures.
- Monday to Friday: 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 10.00am – 8.00pm
The third conservatory is called the Cloud Forest. This is a mist-filled controlled landscape filled with rare vegetation and dramatic vistas. Cloud Mountain is a 35-meter-high structure that towers over the ferns and pitcher plants of the conservatory. It is shredded in mist and lush vegetation.
- Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Gardens By The Bay's Supertree Grove
Perhaps the most iconic feature of Gardens by the Bay is the Supertree Grove. As one exits the conservatory, one is greeted with a grove of soaring tree-like structures called Supertrees. They are vertical gardens that are meant for many functions, including planting, shading, and being the environmental engines for the gardens. The Supertrees area is home to exotic ferns, vines, orchids, bromeliads, and other plants.
The Supertrees are massive vertical gardens that rise to a height of 25 to 50 meters. Two of the Supertrees are connected with the dramatic arch of the OCBC Skyway. As night comes, the grove is lit up with the Garden Rhapsody light and music show.
- Number: 18 Supertrees
- Height: 25 Meters (82 Feet) to 50 Meters (160 Feet)
Visitors can also ascend up to the top of the Supertree Observatory on its 50-meter-high observation deck and gaze out over the stunning Marina Bay Area. The Supertree Observatory was only just opened on 27 December 2019. It has three levels - the first floor, the Observatory Space, and the Open-Air Rooftop Deck.
- Supertree Observatory Admission: $14 SGD ($10 USD)
In the Observatory Space, visitors can learn about the effects of climate change through the creative use of digital media. On the observation deck, visitors can enjoy 360-degree views of the Gardens.
- Garden Rhapsody: A Coordinated Light And Music Show
- Timing: 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm Nightly
Every night at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm the light and music show called Garden Rhapsody.