With Gardens by the Bay, the city’s landscape has been markedly transformed by “Supertrees” and soaring glass domed greenhouses. Complementing the Botanic Gardens, this new gem set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay is Singapore’s largest garden project and will strengthen manifold Singapore’s global reputation as a Garden City. As announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the 2005 National Day Rally, this botanical preserve would also become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.
Gardens by the Bay are being developed in phases and the three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, spanning a total of 101 hectares. Officially scheduled to open to the public in mid 2012, it offers the old and young an awesome place to enjoy the green and flora and discover a grateful respite from the hustle and bustle of city living.
Adding most dramatically to the city’s horizon are the dominating Supertrees which are tree-like structures ranging between 25 and 50 metres in height (9 to 16 stories) in the Golden Garden and Silver Garden. Multifunctional, they are enabled with environmental technologies that simulate the photosynthesizing function of trees, storing renewable solar energy that can be utilized for other functions such as lightings. These towering gardens also collect rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, just like how real trees absorb rainwater for growth. They also act as venting ducts for the conservatories’ cooling systems. In addition, there will even be an aerial walkway between some of the Supertrees where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Gardens and the surrounding gardens. A bistro will also run atop the 50-metre Supertree, providing visitors a unique treetop, garden setting experience. At night, this incredible crop of vertical solar-powered trees would be a magical sight to behold as they turn into stunning, shimmering canopies with the special lightings and project media.
Other themed gardens include the Heritage Gardens which portray Singapore’s colonial heritage and multiracial identity. The Dragonfly Lake supports biodiversity and provides a habitat for the fishes and birds. A preview of the Flower Dome, one of the two striking-looking, cooled conservatories, organised alongside the World Orchid Convention Show was held from 14 to 20 November 2011. Featuring tropical horticulture and garden artistry, the preview displayed plants found in the Mediterranean and semi-arid tropical regions, groves of baobabs, olive and palm trees, and exhibited exotic blooms and sprays, and myriads of orchids. To behold this fantasy, watch his 8-min long, but awe-inspiring video in Gardens by the Bay.