Gardens By The Bay

One of the places that we wanted to visit was Gardens by The Bay and Marina Bay Sands.When I visited Singapore in 2005 it was still being planned. So this visit I made sure that it was included in our itinerary.

This is the Marina Bay Sands which iis situated on 15.5 hectares of land with the gross floor area of 581,000 square metres. The iconic design has transformed Singapore’s skyline and tourism landscape since it opened on 27 April 2010. The property has a hotel, convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, entertainment venues, retailers, and restaurants.

Philbert asked me take a photo of him there with the Marina Bay Sands in the background and after I was done he wanted to see the shot and he said include the the bigger part of the background.

After he saw this he said okay its good enough. I wasn’t happy because he wasn’t in the center and I couldn’t capture the 3 buildings using my cellphone.

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

We just had to take a photo here despite the fact that I am not a big fan of heights.

According to the brochure” The park has proven extremely popular for event planners, with demand so high that the park has to limit the number of events to three per week”

The overall concept of its master plan draws inspiration from an orchid as it is representative of the tropics and of Singapore, being the country’s national flower, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. The orchid takes root at the waterfront (conservatories), while the leaves (landforms), shoots (paths, roads and linkways) and secondary roots (water, energy and communication lines) then form an integrated network with blooms (theme gardens and supertrees) at key intersections.

I love the fact that they have signs everywhere so we didn’t have to worry that we would get lost.

Since we passed by an Indian Themed garden the terracota elephant was there.

I of course couldn’t resist a photo opportunity.

I love this installation according to the person I talked to. This an old tree stump and not wanting to waste it they commissioned an artist to use it as a focal point.

The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants.

They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories’ cooling systems.

 I would recommend to visit the place at night. The place is lovely with the Giant Trees all lighted up.  This  really a unique place for people who love an amazing scenery of flora. A really big variety of trees and flowers.

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