NileGuide Expert Says:
A great place to unwind and relax.
1 Cluny Road
Main entrance at corner of Cluny Rd and Holland Rd
259569 Singapore, Singapore
tel: +65 6471 7361
fax: +65 6467 7983
Botanic Garden: Daily 5am-midnight. Orchid Garden: Daily 8:30am-7pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Don't miss the National Orchid Garden!
Just a 15 minute walk from the retail frenzy of Orchard Road brings you to the relaxing and peaceful Botanic Gardens. This 52 hectare park provides a huge variety of areas to explore, including lakes, fountains, sculpture gardens and well-manicured lawns, all linked by well signposted paths.
The highlight is undoubtedly the National Orchid Garden, where you can marvel at the largest display of tropical orchids in the world - over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, all cultivated here. In 1957, the Singapore Government began to honour state visitors and other VIPs by naming selected orchid hybrids after them. There are now over 100 of these VIP orchids, so keep a look out for the Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Chan and even Ricky Martin orchids!
Other visitor favourites include the Rainforest – a 6-hectare slice of the original rainforest that once covered the island of Singapore; the Evolution Garden, which takes you on a journey through time, from the era of the dinosaurs through to the modern world of flowering plants; and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, a fun and educational area specially designed for kids, including a maze, suspension bridge, tree house and secret cave.