Gardens by the Bay
Singapore's long-standing and lovely Botanic Gardens.
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Forever improving - new Singapore Gardens
Singapore and the Singaporeans work tirelessly at improving this island state. The projects may be small or large, it doesn’t matter as long as they are perceived to be 'progress'.
Let’s take a couple of horticultural examples as a Singapore’s aspiration is to be a city within a garden rather than a garden city.
The well established Botanic Gardens (photo above) regularly display signs asking patrons to 'excuse inconvenience' as a result of work being carried out. Unlike many other countries the projects are quick, efficient and bring about a visible change. The new Healing Garden is a case in point as is the Orchid Garden where minor improvements are being made all the time. The latter is worth a visit if only to see the VIP section where new hybrids are named after famous people who have visited.
On a much grander scale is the Gardens by the Bay project courtesy of the National Parks Board.
Gardens by the Bay
There are two spectacular indoor environments – one cool and dry (dessicated), the other cool and wet - as well as various tropical garden environments stretching from Marina Bay to the Marina Barrage.
Gardens by the Bay seen on the left near the massive Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Gardens by the Bay, interior of the domes.
Giant artificial 'trees' under construction.
The scope is breathtaking – underfloor cooling, unsupported roofs and a landscape that includes artificial 'trees' which collect water, serve as chimney stacks for exhaust gases and provide support for climbing plants.
The Flower Dome.
The Flower Dome gives a feel for the scale of ambition – baoab trees from Senegal, Madagascar and Australia overlook 500 to 600 year old olive trees imported from Italy.
Cacti and fishy buddies in the Dry Dome.
Eh? Some kind of fungoid city-of-the-future? Is this a model of Singapore AD 3000?
Gardens by the Bay official site
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Photos and information by Daniel Nash II