No, this isn’t a set for some futuristic movie. It’s Singapore’s new Gardens by the Bay, a $805 million, 250-acre waterfront park. The park, made up of three gardens (south, east and central), is part of Singapore’s plan to create a “city in a garden,” ie, a leading global city with the perfect life/work environment.
An international design competition was opened in early 2006, and this June the first garden, Bay South, opened to the public. At 130 acres, Bay South is the largest of the three gardens, with a focus on showcasing tropical horticulture and garden artistry.
Visit one of two conservatories—the Flower Dome, which replicates cool dry conditions to feature plants of the Mediterranean and semi-arid tropical regions, and the Cloud Forest, which replicates the cool moist conditions of the tropical mountain regions, and has a “Cloud Mountain” featuring a 115 ft waterfall.
Outside, Supertrees dominate the landscape. These tall structures function as vertical gardens, home to exotic ferns, vines and orchids. For a closer look, take the OCBC Skyway, an elevated walkway that passes between two of the larger Supertrees and gives visitors an aerial view of the gardens. And don’t miss the nighttime light and music show.
Bay East Garden will be focused on the theme of water, with plans showing an extended shoreline and inlets that draw the water into the park. Bay Central Garden will serve as a link between the South and East gardens.
Admission to the outside gardens is free, with a fee for the conservatories ranging from $8-28 SGD.
photo credits: Gardens by the Bay