Sunday, 7 May 2017

Singapore Day 2

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares.

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.

First announced by the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the National Day Rally in 2005, Gardens by the Bay was intended to be Singapore's premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

Walking from the hotel this was our first view of the gardens.

Entering the Cloud Forest, one of the two dome glasshouses you enter a mysterious world veiled in mist from the spray of the waterfall. Breath-taking views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems.

Avalon with one of the many wooden carved dragons found amongst the foliage in the dome. 

This very bright and cheerful garden had lego styled flowers next to the real versions of the flowers, a really colourful display caught your attention immediately.

Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes are a visual treat rich with aquatic life.

A view of the many walkways within the dome to take you up close to the plants, providing viewing from all angels.

A view of the many walkways within the dome to take you up close to the plants, providing viewing from all angels.

Avalon beside the waterfall with views of Singapore city.

You can discover something new around every corner as you venture through this realm of lush greenery with a spectacular myriad of tropical plants.

The carvings throughout the Gardens were just so detailed and spectacular, these little fish especially caught my eye.

We next went into the Flower Dome which just happened to have a tulip feature on. It is the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records!

In the Sun Pavillion there is the most amazing desert-like landscapes. With over 1,000 desert plants comprising some 100 different species and varieties, just extraordinary.

More carved wooden sculptures.

The theme and inspiration for the garden at this time was Alice in Wonderland and this beautiful little representation of the Rabbit was just so beautiful, as though he is ready to jump down the hole in the tree.

As someone who just adores tulips I can’t believe how fortunate we were to be here on the last day of the tulip spectacular. Everywhere you looked were different beds of tulips, just spectacular.

After seeing the domes we walked to the Supertree Grove measuring between 25 and 50 meters tall, these iconic tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night.

Our next adventure and I do mean adventure was the OCBC Skyway. At a height of 22 metres and surrounded by panoramic vistas of the Gardens and Marina Bay skyline, this 128-metre-long aerial walkway is an experience that for me was challenging. With breezes that made the structure move slightly it was a very eerie feeling. Avalon strolled along as though she was walking along the beach without a care in the world, perhaps you will miss the white of my hands from the firm grip I had of the railing.

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