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Petal Garden, Jewel Changi Airport
Photograph: Changi Airport Canopy Park

The most stunning floral gardens in Singapore

The Garden City is peppered with colourful blooms and lush foliage. Here are the prettiest gardens in the city

By Cam Khalid
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There's a reason why Singapore is also known as the 'Garden City'. First introduced by former Prime Minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew, in 1967, the city has worked towards surrounding itself with an abundance of lush greenery to make life pleasant for all its inhibitors including people and animals. While the sprawling urban patchwork of skyscrapers, HDB flats, and the daily hustle and bustle contribute to life in Singapore, there is still a plethora of tranquil gardens for a flowery respite. From nature reserves to botanical heavyweights, we’ve uncovered some of the city’s scenic floral spaces for a quick escape from the city buzz.

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floral fantasy
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Things to do Marina Bay

A Singapore icon, this majestic, gargantuan gardens is a sight to behold. Surrounded by exotic foliage, it's home to various outdoor and indoor gardens. The outdoor Heritage Gardens spotlights the country's rich history through plants, while the indoor Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, and Floral Fantasy feature themed displays of colourful blooms from all around the world. The main star, however, are the colossal Supertrees. For panoramic vistas of the gardens, head up to the new Supertree Observatory. From now until March 22, Singapore residents can step into the indoor gardens as well as the Supertree Observatory at 50 percent off.

Topiary Walk, Jewel Changi Airport
Photograph: Changi Airport

Canopy Park

Property Changi 

Besides housing a myriad of retail and dining options, the city’s ultimate stopover destination is also the sweet digs of various creative gardens. There's a hedge maze to burn some energy, a glass bridge to admire the stunning views of the HSBC Rain Vortex and Shiseido Forest Valley from above, a misty garden to relax in, and a floral fantasia with many animal topiaries for a cheeky selfie. Prepare to be greeted with the heady riot of fragrance and colour as you enter the Petal Garden. The seasonal floral displays here feature creative ensembles of a wide variety of flowers from all over the world. You don’t even have to be an anthophile to appreciate the gorgeous displays. Enjoy free admission to the Canopy Park (attractions at 50 percent off) from now until March 31.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Orchid Garden
Photograph: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Tanglin

We're mighty proud of our very own UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 1852, the gardens make a tranquil respite from the city buzz. It's also home to over 10,000 species of plants. Highlights include the National Orchid Garden with the world’s largest collection of orchids including the national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim, a beautiful swan lake where you can have a picnic, the rustic and sprawling Learning Forest and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden where kids can have some play time.

Jurong Lake Gardens
Photograph: NParks

Jurong Lake Gardens

Things to do Jurong East

Deemed as the largest nature wonderland in the heartlands, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore's latest national garden, spanning a whopping 90-hectares. The gardens include Lakeside Garden, Chinese and Japanese Gardens and Garden Promenade – previously known as Jurong Lake Gardens West, Jurong Lake Gardens Central and Garden Promenade respectively. The grounds are specially landscaped and designed for families and the community to come together to play, learn and bond. Admire its dipterocarp, pink tree, orchid, unusual bark and fruit collections among others while you're at it.

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Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden

Art City Hall

The largest art gallery in Singapore also features one of the prettiest rooftop gardens in the city. The concrete space is decked with green walls all around, a water feature, views of downtown Singapore, benches for pensive thinking and plenty of ferns lending to the lush vibes of the garden. On display at the rooftop garden from now to October 25 is the stunning kinetic sculpture by contemporary artist Cao Fei. The installation comprising a five-metre tall structure of a swinging wooden ship is accompanied by soundscapes.

HortPark
Photograph: HortPark

HortPark

Things to do Kent Ridge

Brush up on your gardening skills at NParks’ 23-hectare HortPark. Besides 20 themed sections including a stunning Silver Garden made up of light-reflective plants and a Balinese garden, HortPark boasts research greenhouses, sells gardening gear and showcases vertical gardening systems ideal for apartment dwellers.

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Orchard Central
Photograph: Choo Yut Shing/Flickr

Orchard Central

Shopping Shopping centres Orchard

Nestled on the top of Orchard Central lies an unsuspecting garden overlooking the city. The rooftop garden provides a panoramic view of Singapore, coupled with the soothing sound of waterfalls in the background. It is a great place to seek respite from a humdrum day of work and an optimal place for some alone time. It even has Yayoi Kusama sculptures if you're a fan.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Things to do Bukit Panjang

This nature reserve is renowned for having one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in the world. Besides hundreds of animal and insect species, it also contains more tree species than the whole of North America. There's also monthly discovery walks for visitors who want to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the nature reserve.

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Edible Garden City
Photograph: Edible Garden City

Edible Garden City

Things to do Walks and tours City Hall

Operated by Edible Garden City – who has long championed the grow-your-own-food movement in Singapore – Edible Garden City houses over 50 types of fruits and vegetables including mushrooms, edible flowers, okra, basil, mint, watermelon, lemongrass and passionfruit. The urban farm is also open to the public (one of the few!) and is a space where visitors can learn how vegetables are produced and harvested. 

Mount Faber Park

Things to do

Considered one of the oldest gardens in the city, Mount Faber Park offers impressive panoramic views of Southern Singapore. There are footpaths and stairs that lead up to a hill, as well as lookout points for one of the four Merlion statues in Singapore. Head over to the Garden of Happy Promises where you can ring a ship’s bell, known as the Bell of Happiness. This spot is popular among newlyweds wishing for everlasting love, joy and prosperity.

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