Sitting on a hundred hectares of riverside land right behind the Marina Bay Sands, the Gardens by the Bay serves two purposes—first, as a testbed for new horticultural technologies; and second, as Singapore’s vision board for its own “City in a Garden” future.
To date, that vision includes two large air-conditioned conservatories, 18 Supertrees, and a series of open-air gardens and lakes set alongside the Marina Bay reservoir.
The conservatories use high technology to nourish rare plant life that would never thrive in the tropics—the Cloud Forest Dome replicates a tropical montane climate (wet and cold); the Flower Dome recreates a Mediterranean climate (cool and dry).
Beyond the futuristic-looking domes, a grove of “Supertrees” raises some 50m from the pavement. Take in views of the Gardens and the rest of Marina Bay from the 128-m-long OCBC Walkway suspended about 22m off the ground between two of the biggest Supertrees.