The 63.7 hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens is nestled within a largely urban area. This is the only botanic garden in the world that keeps its gates open from 5am till midnight every single day of the year (inner attractions like the Orchid Garden close by 7pm). Interestingly, this garden is now 151 years old. It was founded way back in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural society and subsequently handed over to the government to maintain.
Within the botanic gardens today, there are various attractions (National Orchid Garden, ginger garden, evolution garden and a rain forest). Marvel at the huge variety of flowers and plants, or even enjoy a leisurely stroll around the 3 lakes in the botanic gardens. Besides being a place for relaxation and recreation, the Singapore Botanic Gardens also has educational value, through its conduct of workshops and tours for adults and children.
To mark the Gardens’ 150th anniversary, an additional 7.4 hectares will be added to the total area. Future visitors can thus look forward to attractions such as the Learning Forest. Visitors can walk through the lush tropical forest featuring a great variety of giant trees, a bamboo garden and a collection of rare fruits and nuts species.
Occasionally on weekends, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra or the Singapore Chinese Orchestra stage free concerts at Symphony Lake. It is not uncommon to find the grass spaces in front of the performing stage packed with people when there are live performances. The Botanic Gardens is best explored in the cooler times of the day, especially in the early mornings.