Have you ever heard of the 160-year-old Singapore Botanic Garden? Well, if you ever wondered of visiting the Garden then, you are on the right track since it boasts of being a major visitor attraction for both the foreign and local travelers.
The garden also boasts of multiple botanical and horticultural features that possess a deep history and also an amazing plant collection across the world.
Creating such unique resources is a plus for those who are after recreational, entertainment and even educational goals. Please see the Brochure for Midwood.
Do you know that it is the most visited botanic gardens across the globe and also a unique example of the informal English Landscape Movement’s style in an equatorial climate?
Well, the first botanic garden was made by Sir Stamford Raffles, who is known to be the founder of Singapore and also a keen naturalist. This took place in 1822 on the Government Hill at Fort Canning and its aim was to mainly introduce cultivation of economic crops. Midwood Condo by Hong Leong is located near to Singapore Botanical Gardens and presents a one-stop place.
It then shut down in 1829 and in 1859, at the now Tanglin site a new garden was made by an Agri-Horticultural Society that was later handed over to the government in 1874.
With just a few resources of an ornamental garden such as roads, terraces, a band parade area and even a small zoo at one point, it has now emerged into an 82-hectare leading botanic garden of plant research and also conservation in the tropics.
In June 2012, Singapore ratified the World Heritage Convention and in December 2012, presented its World’s Heritage Tentative List to UNESCO to show the interest of offering the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a World Heritage Site.
Again, in January 2014, the official Nomination Dossier for the Gardens was presented to UNESCO. In September 2014, a technical assessor was sent by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to participate in the bid evaluation process.
Lastly, on 4 July 2015, the Gardens got the inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC). Click here to find out more.
This garden was initially built along a three-core Concept. These three cores are not limited to:
· Tanglin – the heritage core retaining old favorites and also charms of the historic garden
· Central – the visitor belt of the garden
· Bukit Timah –the educational and also discovery zone
· Tyersall-Gallop –created with the opening in 2017 of the Learning Forest which is made to combine the Garden’s existing rainforest to result into an enlarged forest habitat.
You should also know that each of the above listed cores triggers amazing sets of attractions. You can choose to take some of your time to stroll around the Gardens enjoying wonderful sights, sounds and even wonders the luscious greenery provides.
For more about the Gardens, you need to visit Singapore Botanic Gardens website to dig deeper about the Gardens and also several features such as the newly introduced Mingxin Foundation Rambler’s Ridge and also the OCB Arboretum that is situated at Gallop Extension.
Some other features that you may take your time knowing about are the Ethnobotany Garden, Keppel Discovery Wetlands and also SPH Walk of Giants that is situated at the Learning Forest, the National Orchid Garden and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
You should also know that the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden boasts of a doubled size that has a two-hectare extension that is fully packed with new features that are mainly for youngsters who are 14 years and below. With the new extension, children are able to experience and also learn about different ecosystems in the four new zones: Farm, Forest, Stream and also Orchard.
The new one-hectare Ethnobotany Garden is the first in Singapore where travellers are able to learn more about plants that are used by indigenous cultures in Southeast Asia. The Garden also comes equipped with a Centre for Ethnobotany where outdoor landscape is complemented using an interpretive exhibition of artifacts and also interactive elements.
Also, the first in Singapore, the Seed Bank widens the Garden’s conservation capacity in safeguarding the germplasm of the available endangered plant species in Southeast Asia. Put that aside, travellers are also able to learn more about the importance of seed storage for the species conservation and also plant biodiversity, seed dispersal and germination via curated programs at an interpretative gallery and also outdoor garden.
With a framed landscape consisting of native plants and forests, the Gallop Extension adds to the Garden’s rich heritage and also its role in research, conservation, education and also recreation. Being a natural Extension of the Garden’s nature area, that includes the Rain Forest and the Learning Forest, the Gallop Extension makes it easier for the visitors to learn more about forest ecology and also the importance of conservation. Please see Midwood for more details on the development.