Comprising of three distinctive waterfront gardens (Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central), the Gardens by the Bay occupies an impressive 101 hectares, stretching across the mouth of the Singapore River. The largest of them all, Bay South Garden, located right next to the Marina Bay Sands, will officially open in June 2012. The Bay East and Bay Central gardens are yet to open to public. The Gardens by the Bay will showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry, with a massive display of tropical flowers and coloured foliage from around the world.
Gardens by the Bay (Source: Leone Fabre)
Consisting of special themed domes ('Flower Dome', known as the 'Cool Dry', and the upcoming 'Cloud Forest', also known as 'Cool Moist'), the cooled conservatories will provide an all-weather 'edutainment' space within the gardens. Flower Dome, the larger of the two cooled conservatories in the Bay South Garden, replicates the cool-dry, springtime climate of the Mediterranean-type and semi-arid regions (20 to 25 degree Celsius), enabling the display of habitats and plants from different regions in the world, such as baobabs or bottle trees, olive trees and date palms. The conservatory is also divided into smaller gardens, one of which is the Flower Field, featuring changing displays of temporary flower beds to reflect different seasons, festivals and themes.
Visitors to the second dome, 'Cloud Forest', which replicates a cool-moist climate found in high-elevation areas such as South America will be greeted by a mountain, covered in a layer of luscious plants and complete with a 35-metre waterfall.
Designed with the environment in mind, the complex incorporates cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. Only areas occupied by plants and visitors will be cooled.
(Source: Leone Fabre)
Horticultural Themed Gardens and Dragonfly Lake
The Heritage Gardens features a collection of four horticultural themed gardens – Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Malay Garden and Colonial Garden – which reflect the history and culture of Singapore's main ethnic groups, as well as the city-state's colonial heritage, through plants. It features trees, shrubs and herbs associated with the various cultural groups. For example, the Malay Garden tells the story of life in a traditional 'kampong' (village), whereas the Chinese Garden reflects the role of gardens in Chinese culture as places of inspiration for writers, poets and artists, through seclusion and tranquility.
There is also the Dragonfly Lake where visitors can stroll along the promenade or to break for a rest. The 440-metre long boardwalk along the lake will also make a great spot for photographers to capture the best opportunities for nature photos.
Chinese Garden with Marina Bay Sands in the backdrop
Garden Cruiser Trail
Visitors who would like to explore the gardens can hop onto a Garden Cruiser tram, which costs between S$3 to S$5. The 25 minute tour around Bay South Garden features an informative audio commentary and is also wheelchair-friendly.
These impressive features, uniquely designed man-made trees with heights between 25 metres and 50 metres (9 to 16 storeys), are home to a wide variety of exotic ferns, vines and orchids, amongst other tropical flowering climbers. They are specially designed gardens in the air embedded with environmentally sustainable energy and water technologies, providing shade and shelter in the day time, and projected lighting and ambience decoration at night.
OCBC Skyway (Source)
Two of the Gardens' permanent highlights include the Supertree aerial walkway (OCBC Skyway) and the OCBC Light and Sound Show. The OCBC Skyway is located at the Supertree Grove, part of the central outdoor area of Gardens by the Bay. Suspended about seven storeys high, or 22 metres above ground between two Supertrees, the 128-metre-long aerial walkway offers a panoramic view of the Gardens against the bustling backdrop of Marina Bay.
The opening hours of the outdoor gardens at Bay South are from 5am to 2am daily, while the Conservatories (Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway) are open from 9am to 9pm daily.
Car parks are open from 5am to 2am daily.
Access to the outdoor gardens at Bay South is free, with key attractions like the Conservatories and Aerial Walkway being chargeable. Standard tickets will be available online from mid June onwards.
The rates are as follows:
|Two Conservatories||OCBC Skyway||Two Conservatories||
(>60 years old)
(3-12 years old)
|Senior Citizen (>60 years old)||S$5|
|Child (3-12 years old)||S$3|
|Annual Pass Rates**||Local Resident*|
|Family Pass (2 adults + 3 children)||S$180|
|Individual Adult Pass||S$68|
|Senior Citizen Pass(> 60 years old)||S$60|
*Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including holders of employment pass, work permit or dependents’ pass. Additional 10% discount on admission rates to the cooled conservatories for holders of PAssion Card, NTUC Plus! Card, SAFRA Card and Home Team NS Card (terms and conditions apply).
**Unlimited admission into the two conservatories and aerial walkway for one year.
Concessions: Organised tours by schools, community clubs, resident committees and charitable organisations will be entitled to 50% discount on local resident rate for two conservatories.
How to Get to Gardens by the Bay:
a) Via the North-South Line: Alight at Marina Bay MRT Station (NS27/CE2). Take Exit A and hop onto SBS bus service 400. Alight four stops later at the bus stop along Marina Gardens Drive. [Click to see bus route]
b) Via the Circle Line: Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1). Take Exit B and follow the underground link way. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
a) From East Coast Parkway (ECP) towards the city: Take Exit 17A and turn left onto Marina Place. Continue through to Marina Boulevard and turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.
b) From East Coast Parkway (ECP) towards the airport: Take Exit 17 and turn right onto Central Boulevard. Turn right onto Marina Station Road and then left onto Marina Street. Follow through onto Marina Boulevard and turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.
From Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, go onto the Lions Bridge on Level 4, which connects to the Dragonfly Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
From the Helix Bridge towards the Art Science Museum, follow the footpath which leads under the ECP, that will bring you directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.