…but I sure miss that show!
Here’s a quick snap for the weekly photo challenge, Edge This was in 2014 in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.
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.
More than aesthetics though, what I find epic about Gardens by the Bay is how it’s designed for sustainability, as these cool schematics illustrate. In a nutshell:
- 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:
Under the dome… Flower Dome, that is. Temperature and humidity are carefully controlled here, and the dome houses flowers from all climates.
Gardens by the Bay have different exhibits all-year round. The theme when I visited was French.
Nice colorful LEDs 🙂
Enjoying the supertrees’ light and music show. Supertrees are super in many ways. Some are equipped with solar cells which in turn power the supertrees’ lighting, and there are trees used to help ventilate the conservatories.
a view of the Dragonfly lake. I’m on a plank where most photographers take practice shots. It’s a pretty popular dating and strolling spot, too!
not-so-visible is the Bay East Gardens. Bonus view of the Singapore Flyer, Supertrees and Cool Conservatory
the other half of the cool conservatories, Cloud Forest. This houses a variety of ferns and other tropical plants.
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:
- Local Resident Rate – One Conservatory
Senior Citizens (>60 years old): SGD8
Children (3-12 years old): SGD8
- Local Resident Rate – Two Conservatories
Senior Citizens (>60 years old): SGD15
Children (3-12 years old): SGD12
- Standard Rate – Two Conservatories
Children (3-12 years old): SGD15
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.
Seeing gardens of flowers is a refreshing sight for me because since moving out of UP and getting into an office-based job, all I see everywhere are buildings, traffic and sidewalk peddlers–which is why I relish visiting gardens when I can, be it indoor or outdoor. Here are some of my favorite flower pictures:
I was excited to see tulips when we visited Everland!
nice shades of green
An old man had a spray bottle with him and sprinkled some water on these blooms before taking a few pics. I took my shots after he left while the dew drops were still there XD
this was taken at high noon so I’m glad the colors turned out fine