After months and months of work, Singapore’s newest attraction, Gardens by the Bay, is ready to throw open the gates. We’ve all been wondering what is going on in that large stretch of reclaimed land behind the Marina Bay Sands, and next week all will be revealed. Gardens by the Bay is slated for full completion in 2015, but the first section – 54 hectares of the entire 101-hectare garden – will open on 29 June.
During opening week from 29 June to 8 July, events include live performances by Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz and local songbird Corinne May.
Move over Botanic Gardens, let’s see what the city’s largest green space has to offer:
1. Flower enthusiasts will love the cooled conservatories
Take a stroll through the Flower Dome and experience the cool-dry Mediterranean climate. Discover the baobabs or bottle trees, olive trees and date palms. Journey through the environments of the Mediterranean Basin, South West Australia, South Africa and Central Chile.
Outside the cooled conservatories are the supertrees: vertical gardens showcasing a variety of bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. We’ve been driving past them for months and wondering what they are! The 18 super trees range from 25 to 50 metres in height and are designed to harvest solar energy to be lit up at night. It’s possible to take an aerial walkway, which links the supertrees, for a view from up high. Around the base of the trees are silver and gold themed gardens, with a wide array of plants in these colour spectrums.
3. Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lake
The small lakes are a source of aquatic life from fish to plants, with the latter acting as a natural eco-filter to cleanse water that has been captured from run-offs or pumped in from the connecting Marina Reservoir. Stroll along the boardwalk and learn more about aquatic ecosystems and the life that exists below the surface.
4. History lessons in the Heritage Gardens
Two themed gardens, Heritage and The World of Plants, showcase plants from around the globe. Heritage is actually four unique gardens: Chinese, Malay, Indian and Colonial which reflects the history and cultural makeup of Singapore’s main ethnic groups and heritage. The World of Plants is six gardens reflecting the biodiversity of plant life including rainforest fruit trees, palm trees and forest floor plants.
Garden by the Bay is open from 5am to 2am daily; the cooled conservatories and aerial walkway are open 9am to 9pm daily. Entry to Bay South Garden is free; entry to the cool conservatories and other attractions are $28 for adults and $15 for children (three to 12).