Saturday, 18 March 2017

National Orchid Garden

Singapore Botanic Gardens is our first UNESCO World Heritage Site was awarded this coveted status in 2015. Welcome to The Orchid Garden, opened on 20th October 
1995 by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, then a senior minister.

This garden is the jewel of the park spans over 3 hectares of land on the highest hill
of Botanic Garden.  It has over 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids. The lovely
blooms on display are arranged into four different seasons base on their colours.

Hi, I pop into the Orchid Garden on Thursday late afternoon because entrance
fee is waived because of the one-week school holidays. This is my first time here.
Believe it or not ?!  I had always thought it was pretty expensive to come here.
Well, this is far cheaper then Gardens by the Bay, $5 ! I am fascinated to see so
many blooms under the open sky though I was hoping it would not rain. It turned
out that overcast sky was good for my picture taking. A new discovery for me.

Arnada Super Yellow

Burkill Hall, an anglo-malay plantation style house built in 1868 is hoarded up and undergoing maintenance until the end of the year. Here is the garden in front of it.
Beside the bungalow is the VIP Orchid Garden, hybrid orchids are named after
visiting dignitaries.

Papilionanda William Catherine

Do you know why this willow is weeping ? Well, I think it is
because visitors carved their names on the bark of the tree.

Permanently scarred. I see the top layer of bark is also peeling
off, so no worries but stop this vandalism.

Dendrobim Michael Jeffreyali

Dendrbium Michiko

Dendrobium Islam A Karimov

Very Interesting hard leaves.

The garden is so lovely and we had to head back to the exit soon as it
was close to closing time at 7.00pm. We skipped the Celebrity Garden
 Didn't bother to look at the map so didn't expect there is a Mist House,
Bromeliad Enclosure & Cool House. If you have been to Cloud Forest at
Marina Bay, you'll experience all three in one.

Just as are about to leave, we noticed this walkway of leafy arbors so
we decided to walked through them to see what was at the other end.
This looks magical at the other end. I was spellbound by the ethereal
glow coming from the leaves on the top of each arch. Surely it must
be twilight bringing about this utterly compelling view.
 This is so beautiful. This completes my day
and made this visit so worthwhile.

Bye for now . . this got me so excited that I had to share it with you.
Have a great weekend.

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