Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the Singapore’s largest green spaces, complete with the world’s most extensive orchid garden. West of Orchard Road, gleaming malls give way to the lush vegetation, well-tended lawns, themed gardens and tranquil lakes that make up the vast Singapore Botanic Gardens. A boardwalk runs through a dense patch of ancient rain-forest that predates the Gardens. It is home to 314 species of plants, half of them are rare. There are three lakes but Swan Lake is the prettiest among them. Swan Lake is named after the swans migrated from Amsterdam.
One of the biggest highlights of the Gardens, and a magnet for flower lovers, is the National Orchid Garden. Tropical orchids have been bred here since 1928 and of the 1000 species and 2000 hybrids you can see around 600 or somewhere in the vicinity. Including ones named after various heads of state as well as politicians. You can spot the ones named after Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher. Also worth checking out is the Ginger Garden next way to the orchids. It have 250 members of the ginger family, and two excellent restaurants. The free themed tours of the Singapore Botanical Gardens, held on Saturdays, are very worthwhile. Occasional opera performances take place by Symphony Lake.
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