National Orchid Garden - Photo *Heart* Fridays

Friday, 28 September 2012

A few weeks back, BabyMoo decided he would bring Gramps and Grandmama to the Botanical Gardens, since they love all manner of flora and fauna, especially orchids. We thought that they would especially enjoy visiting the National Orchid Garden, located within.

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

We were informed by the staff at the ticketing counter that admission charges are at S$5.00 per adult (kids below 12 enjoy free admission). While making our purchase, my mum-in-law spotted a small sign at the counter which states that Senior Citizen and students are entitled to special rates. I informed the not-too-friendly staff that I am getting 2 regular tickets and 2 senior citizen tickets, and she then snapped requested to  see all the members in our group. I wasn't too pleased by her approach, thinking that she could have been more pleasant about it or chosen her words carefully. I suppose she had to be sure that we were not trying to exploit the subsidised rates, since seniors need only pay S$1.00 to go in. In any case, my Mum-in-law told me that on the positive side, she feels flattered that she wasn't immediately categorised as a 'senior'! 

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

The Garden is well maintained, and even the not-too-outdoorsy me thoroughly enjoyed the pristine surroundings. The trees were pruned, yet provided enough shade to cool the humid air.

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

BabyMoo walked about excitedly, and loved the pretty orchids in a multitude of colours.

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

The Orchid Garden boasts over 1,000 species and more than 2,000 hybrids within. The Misthouse showcases some of its best selection.

National Orchid Garden, Singapore


These are two of my personal favourites:

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

We walked the entire 3 hectares, and BabyMoo didn't even ask to be carried once. He was happy among the flowers and trees, and was utterly enchanted by the butterflies flitting about. There were man-made waterfalls cascading onto streams, and these kept him rooted to one spot for a pretty long time. We were more than happy to let him be, because it gave us a breather from having to chase after him!

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

The National Orchid Garden presents the range of orchids on display in a unique way. Orchids and plants are displayed in four separate colour 'zones', namely Spring (Golds and Yellows), Summer (Reds and Pinks), Autumn (Darker shades) and Winter (Whites, Blues and Cool tones). Quite an amazing showcase carefully managed by the Gardens' horticultural team, and truly well worth a visit.

National Orchid Garden
1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569
Tel: 6471 7361
Map: http://www.sbg.org.sg/map_nog.htm

Opening hours
8.30am - 7.00pm daily (last ticket sales at 6.00pm)

Admission Fee:
$5.00 for adults
$1.00 for students
$1.00 for senior citizens (60 years and above)
Free for children below 12 years

Directions:
To get here by bus, take SBS Transit No. 7, 105, 123, 174, and SMRT No. 75, 77, 106 and alight along Holland Road, and SBS Transit No. 66, 151, 154, 156, 170, 186 and SMRT No. 67, 171 and alight along Bukit Timah Road.

Parking is available at the Visitor Centre Carpark at Cluny Road and along Tyersall Avenue.

1 comment :

  1. I remember visiting the orchid gardens and really enjoying it! It wasn't too hot and the orchids are lovely. Great photos... I think you captured their beauty well :)

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