Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, the sprawling Singapore Botanic Gardens provides great respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The newly launched SBG Heritage Museum features interactive and multimedia exhibits and panels that detail the Gardens' rich heritage, and the CDL Green Gallery, which is an extension of the Heritage Museum that displays botanical- or greening-related exhibits. The National Orchid Garden, lauded as the world’s largest orchid display features over 60,000 plants and orchids. Also found at the Bukit Timah core is the Jacob Ballas Children’s garden—Asia’s first children’s garden—the perfect spot for all children to play, discover and learn about the intricacies of plant life.
Look out for the Tembusu—one of the island’s most distinctive trees. This native is reportedly more than 150 years old and is one of the 44 Heritage Trees in the Gardens. And during the flowering seasons in May - June and October - November, its creamy white flowers open at sunset; giving off strong fragrance. In fact, an illustration of this fine Tembusu can be found on the back of the ‘Portrait’ series S$5 note.
Besides enjoying the flora and fauna on show, you can also wine and dine in award-winning eateries like Au Jardin and Halia. The Library Shop and Garden Shop are also excellent places to pick up souvenirs, books and plants for your loved ones.
Come by early in the mornings on weekends to see families picnicking or visit during the evenings for a leisurely stroll.