Having a garden in the city is not just about getting closer to nature but it really offers a welcoming respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life as well as a cool reprieve from the sultry heat of our year-round summer.
I love walking. I think it’s one of the most therapeutic exercises without having to over-exert ourselves. And whenever I’m in the Marina Bay area for a meal, I’d love to end the day with a long walk in the Gardens by the Bay.
While most would pay for admission to get into the ‘touristy’ cooled conservatories for exhibits of thousand-year-old trees, unusual plants and floral displays, I prefer to explore the outdoor themed gardens because there are so much to see and experience.
It’s really convenient to get to the Gardens by the Bay (GBTB). You can alight at Bayfront MRT Station and then follow the underground walkway or if you’re coming from Marina Bay Sands (MBS), there are connecting bridges between the MBS Shoppes, MBS Hotel and GBTB.
Below are animals made from the living foliage of the Indian Laurel (Ficus Microcarpa). Do you recognise some of them?
‘Planet’ is a gigantic sleeping baby sculpture created by British artist, Marc Quinn. The entire structure only balances on one arm so from far, it really looks as if it’s ‘floating’ in mid-air. Pretty impressive.
I must admit GBTB is by far the most beautiful garden in Singapore as it’s new, vibrant and fun. I like how the Heritage Gardens are themed according to Singapore’s main ethnic groups of Colonial, Chinese, Malay and Indian with each garden featuring different plants and displays that symbolise the culture of each group. The World of Plants that feature a collection of six gardens also allows us to learn more about the different trees and plants including some uncommon species that we don’t get to see elsewhere. Truly a relaxing and enjoyable walk!