I first came across Gardens by the Bay in 2012. I saw the supertrees and the gardens was set to have its soft opening sometime that year. I finally got to visit in 2014, and by then, there were plenty of attractions to enjoy for more than half a day.
- Biomass is optimized in the gardens. Green waste is burned to generate electricity for the complex and heat the dehumidifiers running in the cool conservatories. Part of the green waste is also used as fertilizer for new material for the different gardens.
- The cool conservatories’ greenhouses are shaped as such to collect rainwater. It gets filtered, then used for irrigating new seedlings and cuttings. The rest of the filtered rainwater gets discharged into the Marina reservoir.
- Flue gases (or gas emissions from burning the green waste) drive ventilation in the supertrees. Moist air expelled from the trees help maintain the right conditions for surrounding wildlife.
- Water runoff from the gardens is further treated in the Dragonfly and Kingfisher lakes naturally by the trees, aquatic plants and animals that are in these lakes.
Now that is epic environmental engineering! And Gardens by the Bay is a sight to behold, too:
Gardens by the Bay is accessible via MRT. Alight at the Bayfront MRT Station, take Exit B, cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge. And into the gardens you go!
Admission rates for the conservatories are as follows:
Access to the rest of the areas is pretty much free (OCBC Skyway has a fee of SGD5, I believe). The conservatories are generally open daily, from 9 am – 9 pm, and last admission is 8:30 pm. You can get your tickets online to save time queueing, too.