Lonely Planet review
Established in 1860, this dreamy 74-hectare park retains an aura of Victorian gentility, with its swan lake, symphony stage and themed gardens (including the National Orchid Garden). A late-afternoon stroll along its myriad paths, followed by a drink or dinner at Halia or Blue Bali is one of the city’s most memorable experiences.
The National Orchid Garden is the legacy of an orchid breeding program that began in 1928, and its three hectares are home to over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids. Of these, around 600 are on display – the largest showcase of tropical orchids on earth. Located next to the National Orchid Garden, the one-hectare Ginger Garden contains over 250 members of the Zingiberaceae family.
The Botanical Gardens are also home to a rare patch of dense primeval rainforest, accessible via an atmospheric boardwalk. Older than the gardens themselves, the rainforest is home to over 300 species of vegetation, over half of which are now (sadly) considered rare in Singapore.