On Jim’s last day in Singapore, we made it to the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Garden. I’ve been meaning to go there for the past year, but as it closes at 5, it’s been tough to get there early enough with E’s school and the day to day concerns. So it was great to finally get there.
Like the Botantic Garden as a whole, the Orchid Garden is beautiful. Lots of fountains, benches and shaded areas to sit, and, of course…beautiful orchids (our national flower).
The National Orchid garden is chock full of local birds, and even a lizard or two…
What I found amusing is that throughout the garden (perhaps in an effort to cut down on people stepping where they shouldn’t?) there are suggested photo op places. This is one of the few where Ellie cooperated with Mommy and Daddy.
Kids under 3 are free, and adults are $8 (if I recall correctly). It will make for a lovely few hours, or could be part of a more extensive day at the Botanic Garden (don’t forget bread to feed the swans, fish and turtles at the Swan’s Lake in the regular section of the Garden.)
The walking paths exit into the gift shop, but it’s one of the more tasteful gift shops you’ll find. It does have a few of the ubiquitous “Singapore is a fine city” items, but largely there are shawls, objects d’art, and orchid related items and jewelry.
If you have small children, you’ll want to move quickly through it as there are a few too many breakables for me to feel comfy in there with E and her propensity to touch things. Otherwise the gardens themselves are very child friendly, and your kids should enjoy looking for butterflies and lizards even if their not super into flowers.