View over 500 types of orchids, including Singapore's national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, at the Mandai Orchid Garden.
Founded by the late orchid fanatic John Laycock, a number of his collection is still preserved in their original cultivated form in spite of suffering a substantial loss during World War II.
The Vanda Miss Joaquim was picked out of 40 other orchids to be Singapore's national flower for its vibrant colours, hardiness and all year-round blooming quality. Also known as Singapore's first orchid hybrid and the world's first Vanda hybrid, the Vanda Miss Joaquim reflects the multicultural diversity that makes up Singapore's identity. Singapore is not only the first to embark on orchid hybridisation but is also Asia's main orchid exporting centre.
Wander along the Water Garden, critically acclaimed for its ability to co-exist peacefully with Man. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the garden, purposefully maintained in such a way to preserve its naturalistic environment, with a clear stream running through it to create a feeling of tranquility and bliss.
Be sure to visit the other parts of the Garden, including a Herb and Spice area, as well as the Tropical Fruit Orchard. The Herb and Spice area contains many herbs and spices such as rosemary, basil, mint and lemongrass, together with chilli and capsicum. Have a meal at the garden's restaurant, the Vanilla Pod, to taste the fresh herbs and spices. Learn about Singapore's native fruits such as lime, rambutan, banana and the king of fruits, the durian.
Keep a look out for rare tropical birds that have taken up residence at the Mandai Orchid Garden. Its visitors include the Little Spiderhunter as well as crimson and purple-throated sunbirds. Should you seek additional information about the exhibits, you may opt for an educational tour. Sign up for the Discovery Tour, which will give you a brief introduction into the various concepts involved in orchid hybridisation, such as Plant Tissue Culture, basic DNA and insects.
Take home a unique souvenir by purchasing cuttings and seeds for up to 30 types of plants to grow your own orchids. Explore the 4-hectare garden and see the vast array of exquisitely beautiful orchids.
Fall in love with the orchids at the Mandai Orchid Garden, located at 200 Mandai Lake Road.