The National Orchid Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.Three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes provide a setting for over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. The design concept presents the plant display in four separate colour zones over most areas. This is achieved by blending trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs and orchids with matching foliage.
Spring zone – bright and lively shades of gold, yellow and cream
Summer zone – major tones of strong reds and pinks
Autumn zone – matured shades
Winter zone – white and cool violet shades
Since 1859 orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens. The Garden’s orchid breeding programme began in 1928 and their full splendour is displayed in this special place. From 1957 the Singapore Government began to honour State visitors and other VIP’s by naming selected orchid hybrids after them. The National Orchid Garden was opened on 20th October 1995 by Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015). The gardens are immaculately clean and well-groomed, meticulously maintained and a truly wonderful public space for all to enjoy – a great retreat in the middle of a busy city. They are a credit to Singapore.
I visited the Orchid Garden in 2005 when on a ‘Singapore in a Nutshell’ Tour so my time there was limited. I was mesmerized by the variety of blooms, both in shape and colour, and the presentation beneath a canopy of trees and palms drew one further and further into the garden. The water features add beauty both in sight and sound. This is one occasion when I actually had to RUN back to the Tour bus. I find it very frustrating when fellow travellers aren’t prompt when returning to the designated meeting point, but I made it just in time.
From The smart traveller’s guide to Singapore’s main airport – ‘Some people love airports. Others hate them. But even if you’re one of the latter you could still love transiting at Changi Airport. Changi is as good as an airport gets; it’s one of the world’s best and regularly wins accolades in the World Airport Awards. It boasts two ‘airport world first’; the word’s first butterfly garden inside an airport and the world’s tallest slide inside an airport. The Butterfly Garden is home to over 1,000 butterflies. The Orchid Garden features more than 700 orchid plants from 15 species. The orchids surround a large pond that swims with brightly coloured Koi. In the garden there’s a seasonal display of Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim’.
Vanda Miss Joaquim, also known as the Singapore Orchid is a hybrid orchid cultivar and was chosen on 15th April 1981 to represent Singapore’s uniqueness and hybrid culture. Agnes Joaquim bred this orchid which carries her name. Its exquisitely beautiful vibrant colour, shape and resilience, plus the fact that it was one of the few garden flowers to bloom throughout the year, and was one of the easiest orchids to grow and propagate, ensured its popularity – all of its qualities reflect the Singapore spirit.