I’ve blogged briefly about Gardens By The Bay back in December, but clearly, I haven’t quite gotten over this magical place. This time, we made the visit during daylight hours. While this meant the Supertrees weren’t all dreamily lit up like bioluminescent space flora at the time, both the cooled conservatories were open for the public to wander around at their own leisure, and believe me when I say that these giant glasshouses are truly a sight to behold! The Flower Dome’s footprint spans a luscious 1.2 hectares and stands at 38 metres, while the Cloud Forest is a more modest 0.8 hectares, but a dizzying 58 metres tall (to accommodate the 35-metre-tall “Cloud Mountain” and its gushing waterfall.
The magnificent Supertrees in the daytime.
While I thoroughly enjoyed both conservatories, the Cloud Forest really amazed me with its magnificent mountain. Sure, the waterfall made for an impressive sight, but what got me was the fact that the entire surface of the mountain was densely covered in a mixture of fascinating ferns, orchids, bromeliads, begonias and deceptive pitcher plants. We absolutely loved it. And once we made our way up to the highest point of the mountain, we were greeted with a tranquil, misty lake and a garden full of unique plant life that thrive about 2000 metres above sea level in tropical highlands. Everything looked so alien that we felt as if we were thrown into the Jurassic period. It was cool, peaceful and incredibly pretty. I could have spent the entire day just relaxing up there in the clouds.
THE FLOWER DOME
THE CLOUD FOREST
GARDENS BY THE BAY
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Bay East Outdoor Gardens | Open 24 hours daily (free admission)
Bay South Outdoor Gardens | Open 5:00am – 2:00am daily (free admission)
Cooled Conservatories | Open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily (SGD$28/adult | SGD$15/child)
OCBC Skyway | Open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily (SGD$5/adult | SGD$3/child)