Gardens by the Bay, is a fairly new gardens in Singapore (opened in 2010), situated on reclaimed land, covering 250 acres. When I visited I walked round three different areas; The Flower Dome, Cloud Dome and the Heritage Gardens, where the famous SuperTree’s are located.
The Gardens have 7 different themes throughout the year, for example in Spring one year, they had thousands of tulips. These changes make it a great place to re-visit.
The Flower Dome
A huge conservatory, or glasshouse (think The Eden Project only bigger), The Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world. When you walk around this cool-dry dome it’s like perpetual Spring. It was amazing to walk round the different areas within, from the succulent and cacti to the Mediterranean Gardens to the English Country Garden – fox gloves anyone?
Also when I visited the Christmas display was in full swing – such a sight to behold!
The Cloud Forest
The Cloud Forest showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. It features a 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation, shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Take the lift to the top of the mountaintop to discover the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests, and then take a stroll along a walkway in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.
Of the 18 Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay, 12 of them can be found here at Supertree Grove, with the tallest one measuring up to 16 storeys in height.
Make a trip to the top of one of these iconic Supertrees and be awed by splendid views of the Gardens and the surrounding Marina Bay area. Or, stroll along the 22-metre-high OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre aerial walkway that connects two of the Supertrees, and see the Gardens from a different point of view.
You can walk up on the canopy for a small fee, $5. From there you have stunning views of the city and whole different perspective of the Supertrees.
Garden Rhapsody is the light and sound show that plays twice every evening, 7.45pm and 8.45pm. Every couple of months they switch up the music that plays, on our visit it was the turn of the festive tunes.
Tips for visiting
Rhapsody runs at 7.54pm and 8.45pm, the latter being the quieter time as people tend to go the the earlier showing and then head out to dine.