Gardens by the Bay is a park located in central Singapore spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) on a reclaimed land, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir.
Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The Gardens comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, situated along the edge of Marina Reservoir.
For me the highlight of the Gardens are the ‘Supertrees’, which are tree-like structures with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft). Each Supertree is fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological functions of trees:
->Photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize.
->Collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, like how trees absorb rainwater for growth.
->Air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories’ cooling systems.
There is an elevated walkway between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the Gardens. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show called the ‘Garden Rhapsody’.
We visited the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ on our last day of our Singapore visit with the whole evening set aside for exploring the tech-eco-garden. Saved the best place for the last, as always!