Singapore’s National Orchid Garden in line for S$35m expansion

As from 2019, visitors to the National Orchid Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens will be able to enjoy more types of orchids and bigger display areas.

The S$35 million (US$25m) Tropical Montane Orchidetum project will combines three of the garden’s current exhibits as part of a threefold increase in display area. The plan is to recreate the experience of ascending a tropical montane (mountainous forest), also known as a cloud forest. A showcase of orchids and other plants, including bromeliads, gingers and magnolias, will be featured.

Visitors will be able to walk through a “secret ravine”, with surrounding temperatures of 24 to 26°C. Zones will include the Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad House and Tan Hoon Siang Mist House. From there, visitors can walk into the cool tropical upper montane atmosphere of The Sembcorp Cool House.

Corporate donors

The latter had been renamed in recognition of a $10 million donation from Sembcorp Industries to the Garden City Fund. Work on the Orchid Garden expansions will begin on July 10, after which visitors will be able to view existing orchid species in refreshed displays within other areas.

The enhancements to the 22-year-old garden are among ongoing improvements to Singapore Botanic Gardens. Recent additions include a heritage museum and learning forest. The city’s annual Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival runs until July

Images: Singapore Botanic Gardens

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