Singapore Botanic Gardens is a must-visit spot. Families with kids can enjoy the many open spaces and spots when they visit Singapore Botanic Gardens. There are also many iconic locations around the Gardens such as Swan Lake and the Bandstand. Newer attractions such as the SPH Walk of Giants and Keppel Discovery Wetlands often get attention too.
However, with an attraction as large as Singapore’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are plenty of spots to explore and discover for all those who visit Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Here are five lesser-known places to check out when you next visit Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Places To Explore When You Next Visit Singapore Botanic Gardens
1. Evolution Garden
The pillars of petrified wood at the entrance of the Evolution Garden, known as the Trees of Stone, set the tone for this themed garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Evolution Garden presents a walk through time starting with primitive plants such as whisk ferns and horsetails before entering the world of lush ferns and flowering plants.
Evolution Garden is found at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Central Core.
2. Sun Garden
When you visit Singapore Botanic Gardens, you find plenty of trees with lush green leaves normally associated with Singapore’s tropical environment. The Sun Garden is an exception because it showcases plants that grow in arid regions instead.
You can view succulents such as cacti and agaves here which, in contrast to most of the other plants around Singapore Botanic Gardens, have needle-like leaves instead.
The Sun Garden is found at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Tanglin Core.
3. Foliage Garden
Foliage is a term used to refer collectively to the leaves of plants. It is no surprise that visiting Singapore Botanic Garden’s Foliage Garden is a chance to view a host of leaf shape, size and colour variations.
An interesting plant you can view at the Foliage Garden with a unique leaf adaption is the pitcher plant. The modified leaves of these carnivorous plants are used to attract, trap and digest unsuspecting insects.
Foliage Garden is located at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Bukit Timah Core.
4. Sundial Garden
The Sundial Garden is an anomaly – it is the only classical-style garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The sundial that gives this garden its name was designed by Ursula Holttum, the wife of Eric Holttum, Singapore Botanic Gardens’ director from 1925 until 1949. It was installed in 1929.
Four ponds with fish surround the sundial. Shaded seating areas sit at the end of the Sundial Garden while white classical-style female figures stand at each corner.
The Sundial Garden is found at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Tanglin Core.
5. Vanda Miss Joaquim Display
When you visit Singapore Botanic Gardens, be sure to keep a lookout for the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid display.
While the national flower can be seen within the National Orchid Garden, it can also be viewed at a beautiful display close to the Singapore Botanic Garden’s Bandstand.
A little secret to let you in on is that there is a short path towards the rear of the Vanda Miss Joaquim Display that will allow you to lose yourself amongst these charming flowers.
The Vanda Miss Joaquim Display is found at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Tanglin Core.