national ORCHID garden

Two times every year, during the school holidays in June and in December, the National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens offers free admission to Singaporeans, PR and Work Permit holders. This June, the free admission period starts 25 May and ends 30 June.

The nearest car park, if you are driving there, would be the one entering from Tyersall Gate. But when we visited today, the road to the gate was blocked off and inaccessible due to construction works. So we drove down the road to park at the car park from Cluny Park Gate. The car park is ‘slim’ and long with a one way road, so you might have to choose where you would like to camp for a car park lot. Otherwise, just exit at Melati Gate and enter the car park again!

By public transport, the nearest MRT Station is Botanic Gardens Station which is served by Circle Line and Downtown Line. But even from the MRT station, you would need a 20 mins stroll to get to Orchid Garden.

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Botanical Gardens Map (correct as of Sep 2018

Sharing some pictures of our visit earlier today. ?? The park is very stroller friendly with many ramps and also clean washrooms readily available.

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A waterfall greats visitors at the entrance

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Crane Fountain

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Lots of dragonflies buzzing around in the garden

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Tiger Orchid Fountain

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Mating in progress. Please do not disturb

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From all the photos above, you could see that there are plenty of Orchid species.

DID YOU KNOW? The orchids are the largest family of flowering plants in the world, and there are 20,000 to 30,000 species and over 70,000 hybrids. The Vanda Ms Joaquim, a hybrid of Orchid, had been declared national flower of Singapore on 15 April 1981. Somewhere nestled within the National Orchid Garden, stands Burkill Hall, which holds a small exhibition about the cultivating process of orchids, a few displays of the various kinds of hybrid dedicated to many well known VIPs around the world (VIP Orchid Garden), and pots of esteemed orchids for show.

Visitors may also find some respite at this sheltered area with fans and some simple washrooms. Soon to be newly weds could also consider Burkill Hall as a private venue to hold a cosy and intimate wedding, however, do note that Burkill Hall would be closed till end 2019 to facilitate development works of the National Orchid Gardens. But with the new development, I’m sure it would be an even more beautiful venue for your dream wedding (J and I did considered holding our wedding there, but the overall estimated cost would exceed our budget by too much ??).

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Singapore’s national flower

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Some of the exquisite species inside Burkill Hall

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Kofi Annan, the renowned UN guy

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Even the duchess of UK has a species dedicated to her!

There are many photo spots around the gardens as well, which are also signed for the uninitiated!

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One of the many photo spots

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This boy was so happy with the many ?s (One of his first few words)

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Finally one shot of me!

A nice go-to location during this month of school holidays! There are many other quaint locations within Botanic Gardens, and nature lovers will never feel bored at all spending one whole day here. So pack your picnic mats, bring enough refreshments, and soak in the greens in Singapore’s only UNESCO heritage site (since 2015). ??

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