Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay, a unique garden located on 101 hectares of reclaimed land, is truly a sight to behold.  The magnificent supertrees, vertical gardens that are 25 metres tall, that now form part of the Singapore cityscape remind me of infrastructure that only Steven Spielberg could dream up.  But this is Singapore and here, we make the impossible –  possible.

A visit to Gardens By The Bay is a must for both locals and visitors alike and so, I, dressed in my comfortable walking attire, paid a visit myself.

I started my time at Gardens By The Bay at the Flower Dome.  One of two giant greenhouses, the Flower Dome replicates the cool Mediterranean climate making it conducive for the growth of plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions.  The moment I entered the Flower Dome I felt I had entered another world.  Flowers and plants with vivid, vibrant colours filled the dome.  In addition to a wide array of flowers, the dome also housed unique shaped Baobab and Bottle trees.   I appreciated the emphasis placed on design and aesthetics as there were strategically placed sculptures and statues, giving more meaning to the display. Gardens2b

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After the Flower Dome, I spent some time in Cloud Forest.   Just as I entered, I came up close with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall!  The waterfall, which forms part of a 35-metre man-made mountain covered with lush vegetation was truly a sight to behold.  My walk through the “mountain” was very interesting because each level brought a different climate and different plants.  I especially loved seeing pitcher plants and the venus fly trapDid you know that these are carnivorous plants?  Yes they trap and eat insects!

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When evening came, I decided to spend my time at the Supertree Grove.  My favourite parts of the Supertree Grove was the OCBC Skyway, a 128 metre long walkway with a height of 22 metres, that connects two Supertrees and the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.  The walkway gave me a full view of the Gardens and the Marina Bay skyline.   I waited until 7:45 pm for the OCBC Garden Rhapsody, which was a marvelous spectacle of light and sound.

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To appreciate the gardens in all its glory, I suggest visiting it in the evening at around 5:00 pm.  This way you can enjoy the gardens in daylight and then take in the magic during the OCBC Garden Rhapsody, light and music show.

Another tip — While you may be tempted to take out your camera to snap as many pictures as possible, I suggest that you put it away for a while, and enjoy the plants and flowers in their full beauty, not through the rectangular confines of a viewfinder.

Gardens By The Bay is an easy 15-minute car ride from Capella Singapore.  Our Personal Assistants will be able to help with guided tours and booking of tickets.  You can email the Personal Assistants at pa.singapore@capellahotels.com or call them at +65 6591 5034/35.

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