Gardens by the Bay is a complex of theme gardens and steel-and-glass-domed conservatories located in the Marina Bay area of Singapore.
The stars of the complex are undoubtedly the Supertrees: man-made, tree-like structures that serve several purposes, including being vertical gardens housing a myriad of tropical plants.
Collectively known as the Supertree Grove, the eighteen trees range in size from 25 to 50 meters. As in nature, no two trees are the same.
Just below the "canopy" of several of the trees, held up by dozens of very thin cables, is an elevated walkway called the OCBC Skyway that takes you through one part of the Supertree Grove.
Walking among and looking up at the Supertrees is like being in a futuristic forest with trees from another planet. As dusk falls they light up and cast a warm glow over the grove—enough to light the way for a relaxing stroll.
There are two 10-minute sound and light shows each night. If you make it up to the OCBC Skyway before it closes you can watch the second show from there.
Besides the show, the Supertree Grove is a great spot to catch a nighttime view of Singapore's amazing skyline and shimmering lights.
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Splendid Sightseeing, Closer to Nature
This new botanical garden features two cooling conservatories, where plants and trees from various parts of the world gather under one glass roof. It's the best place to stop by and smell the flowers, and to practice photography in Singapore.
With a unique collection of plants and trees from every continent except Antarctica, Gardens by the Bay in Bay South, Singapore, takes its visitors into the realm of nature and all its bounty. Boasting two large conservatories, several outdoor gardens, a lake, a skyway, and great views of the entire bay area, this wonderland allows the visitor to explore nature in a whole new way—from within the city.
When it recently opened its doors to the public, the vast 54 hectares of pure greenery was a celebration of the latest milestone in Singapore’s “Garden City” vision.
The first thing that is visible, either from ground level or the air, are the giant man-made trees. "Supertrees," as they are called, are uniquely designed vertical gardens ranging from 25 to 50 meters in height, with emphasis placed on the vertical display of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes, and ferns.
Offering a sense of springtime all year round, the Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California, parts of Spain and Italy, and semi-arid subtropical regions like Australia.
With a much colder environment, the Cloud Forest conservatory replicates the cool-moist climate typically found in Tropical Montane regions 1,000 to 3,500 meters above sea level. Made up of a 35-meter mountain complete with the tallest indoor waterfall covered in lush vegetation, the Cloud Forest is home to more than 130,000 plants.
Yes, you have seen the pictures of these towering trees several times now. But you will still be impressed with lights orchestrated with beautiful classical music when the light & sound show begins on these sky groves.
There is a lot to recommend in the Gardens, but if it has to be one thing only that you have time for - walk through the waterfront walk and go straight to these towers at the time of the light show.
Gardens by the bay would be the closest one would get to being in Pandora, the fictional planet in the celebrated film Avatar. Awe-inspiring would be the most succinct way to describe the place and it's worth spending your entire afternoon there, reading a book, to escape the humidity of Singaporean weather.