The Gardens by the Bay is definitely in my top 3 things to see in Singapore. This huge garden is located right next to the Marina Bay Sands and covers 101 hectares of prime waterfront land. This beautiful green space consists of a collection of different gardens and sections including: the climate controlled Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, Super Tree Grove, Children’s garden and many different landscaped areas.
One of the most iconic images of Singapore is of the super trees, lit up in a rainbow of colours. These super trees are huge structures of between 25m and 50m tall and each support a range of plants using eco friendly methods. They are also set up to mimic the environmental benefits of real trees, such as collecting and storing water for use in the gardens and the collection of solar power to help power the lights. Every night there is a beautiful light and music display utilising the lighting structures built into the super trees. One of the best places to see this is from the Skyway, a suspended bridge between two of the trees. Another stunning vantage point is from the top of one of the largest trees, in the IndoChine Restaurant. Bookings well in advance are essential!
The Flower Dome is one of the most stunning features of these gardens. This 1.2 hectare dome is climate controlled to a lovely 23-25 C and the humidity lowered to suit the Mediterranean, African and Australian flora. The floral display changes regularly and should not be missed! During my visit it was a celebration of Chinese carnations, thousands upon thousands of blooms everywhere.
The Cloud Forest is also a popular image of the area. This dome is slightly smaller than the Flower Dome, but still manages to contain an artificial mountain and the worlds tallest indoor waterfall. This dome showcases a forest biome complete with a cave system, indoor river and canopy walk.
The children’s garden is hugely popular, but unfortunately you cannot see it unless you are accompanied by a child under 12! It features water fountain play areas and tree houses.
Entry to the Gardens by the Bay is Free, however entry to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest is $28SGD/Adult and $15SGD/Child. Access to the Skyway also incurs a fee.