Singapore | Gardens by the Bay


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singapore, gardens by the bayOur final day in Singapore, the last of our R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, we took the subway to the Marina Bay Sands resort — not so we could gamble or shop at luxury stores, but so we could make the short walk over to Gardens by the Bay.singapore, gardens by the bayGardens by the Bay, like the Singapore Botanic Gardens, is another effort to live up to Singapore’s vision of a “city in a garden.” I said it before and I’ll say it again: For such a densely packed, super-urban city, Singapore is very green.singapore, gardens by the bayGardens by the Bay is actually (as the plural name would imply) several gardens in one, spanning some 250 acres along the beautiful Marina Reservoir. Since Kail and I didn’t have a ton of time (story of all our vacations!) to explore the various gardens, we decided to check out the most visible: the Supertree Grove,  a cluster of 12 “vertical gardens” standing at 25 to 50 meters tall. There’s a skyway connecting the supertrees, and a restaurant atop one of the tallest trees.singapore, gardens by the bayOne of the other cool and more visible features of Gardens by the Bay is what looks to be a giant greenhouse but really is a manmade mountain Cloud Forest. It’s situated directly alongside the water next to the Supertree Grove. We got a great vantage point during our Singapore Flyer ride.singapore, singapore flyer, singapore skyline, gardens by the bayAt 35 meters tall, the mountain showcases the world’s largest indoor waterfall and aims to teach visitors about the unique biodiversity of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face. We visited cloud forests while camping in Montecristo in El Salvador and during our trip to Monteverde in Costa Rica, but this would have been our first manmade cloud forest built at sea level!singapore, gardens by the bayThe conservatory next to the Cloud Forest is the Flower Dome, home to a variety of plants from arid environments (its Mediterranean-like climate would be a wonderful respite from the Singapore humidity) and is the world’s largest columnless glasshouse. Who knew?singapore, gardens by the bayOn our next trip to Singapore I would love to spend more time at Gardens by the Bay, especially at night when the supertrees are aglow with a light display. What’s your favorite urban garden or park?See more photos from Singapore.

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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