Thursday, October 24, 2013

Singapore, Gardens by the bay

Andrew had a brief trip back to NZ for a meeting.  On the way there he had a short stopover in Singapore.  With a few hours up his sleeve he headed into the city on the MRT to the Gardens by the Bay complex.

The complex was opened to the pubic in late 2011 and cost a billion dollars to build.  And it seemed to be well worth the expenditure.  A very good background on the gardens came from a 2013 article in the Financial Times FT: Worth the Gamble

The outdoor gardens are free and the two domes have a combined entrance fee of $28 Singapore (about NZD 28) After visiting, Andrew felt this was very good value for money.  The area of the gardens, the number and variety of plants were substantial.  They free outdoor gardens were being used by many members of the public - lots of pictures being taken and people having picnics.

Gardens by the bay

Gardens by the bay2

There are 2 large domes.  The first the flower dome, a cool/dry conservatory with garden from South Africa, the desert, the Mediterranean, India etc.

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plants

The second dome was a Cloud forest, is a Cool-Moist conservatory, with waterfalls and high ranging structures.  You could look at the views from below, above, inside.

waterfall

waterfall2

And if you looked closely you could see the ventilation ducts partially hidden in the foliage

ventilation

There was art everywhere and the signage was very well done.

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signs

Outside there are enormous tree structures and suspended bridges.

trees

Gardens by the bay3

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