Many thanks to Marina Bay Singapore, Gardens By The Bay, and Sony Singapore, I was able to visit Gardens by the bay last weekend with a guided tour by Gardens By The Bay Marketing Communications Manager, Ms Ferne Yap.
Also, thanks to the team, I was able to visit and cover some opening celebrations events at Gardens By The Bay.
Do you know that Gardens by the Bay comprise of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central? The first phase of the Gardens, Bay South Garden, was opened to the public on
29th June 2012.
Bay South is the largest garden and it stands at 54 hectares. It is located next to the Marina Bay integrated resort. Designed by UK-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates, this lively and vibrant garden showcased the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry, with a mass display of tropical flowers
and coloured foliage and more.
Signature features of Bay South Garden include the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories; 18 Supertrees located in the Golden Garden, Silver Garden and Supertree Grove; the Heritage Gardens; The World of Plants; and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.
The cooled conservatories, which are two glass biomes located in Bay South are known
as – the Flower Dome (cool dry biome) and Cloud Forest (cool moist biome).
The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe like Spain and Italy.
The map of the Flower Dome at a glance! Divided into different gardens!
Source: Gardens by the bay
Do you know that there are a total of 3,332 glass panels of 42 varying shapes and sizes in the Flower Dome? The glass panels are equipped with light sensor shadings to ensure that the flowers and plants in the conservatories will receive maximum light yet maintaining at the right temperature. (23°C to 25°C.)
NParks commissioned an energy modeling study to ascertain the environmentally sensitive energy requirements of the Conservatories. The study showed that, by applying the cooling technologies, the energy consumption for the Conservatories is comparable to that of an average commercial building in Singapore of the same footprint and height, normalised to a 24-hour cooling period.
This suite of technologies can achieve at least 30% savings in energy consumption, compared to conventional cooling technologies.
The highlight of the Flower Dome is the flower field located at the central of the conservatory. The flower field will have changing colourful displays of temporary flower beds, specially designed to reflect different seasons, festivals and themes. The 850sq metre flower field can hold 18,000 blooms at any one time!
Also, don't miss out other parts of the conservatory at the Flower Dome!
Especially after one long week of work, visiting the conservatory allows me to take one step closer to the nature. Giving a break not only to my eyes, but to the heart and soul too.
Standing infront of the Italian Cypress in the Mediterranean Garden.
Look at the kids enjoying themselves! No, not mine. Haha.
The Canary Island Date Palm in the Mediterranean Garden.
Olive Tree in the Olive Grove. The oldest olive tree in the Flower Dome is already over a thousand years old! Olive trees are highly versatile and a valuable crop! It provides not only the fruit and oil, but the leaves are also used for food, medicine, fuel and even cosmetics!
More flowers and plants. ;)
The Baobabs. Besides showcasing plants from the Mediterranean-type environments, the Flower Dome also features plants from arid and semi-arid regions of the world. The Baobabs exemplify how plants have adapted to survive dry, hot climates by storing water in their trunks.
This African Baobabs weighs the heaviest - 32 tonnes!
The Chilean Wine Palm at the South American Garden.
More pictures which I had lost track where it was taken!
Stay tune as I bring you more updates on the key attractions at Gardens By The Bay!
Will be covering the celebration of the Gardens By The Bay opening celebration from 29th June to 8th July!
Garden: Daily, 5am – 2am
Cooled Conservatories and Aerial Walkway: Daily, 9am – 9pm
By MRT: Bayfront station (Exit B)
By bus: SBS 400
Parking facilities are available.
Bay South Garden is linked to the Marina Bay Sands by the Garden Bay Bridge.
ADMISSION TO CONSERVATORY & AERIAL WALKWAY
Entry to Bay South Garden is free.
Admission charges apply to the Cooled Conservatories and Aerial Walkway.
Local residents (i.e. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and holders of Employment
Pass, Work Permit or Dependent’s Pass) enjoy differential rates, with further concessions
extended to senior citizens, children, schools, community groups, charitable organisations and
selected card holders.
Credits: Gardens By The Bay, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Marina Bay Singapore, Sony Singapore
Pictures are all taken by sony camera, DSC-HX10V, unless otherwise mentioned.
Many thanks to Gardens By The Bay for the information and content provided.