Before we left the UK to come to Singapore, my lovely friend Kiri put together a Singapore ‘bucket list’ for Will & I to work our way through during our time here. I know traditionally a bucket list is supposed to be a list of things to do before you ‘kick the bucket’ (!) but you get the idea! So I would like to dedicate this post to the lovely Miss Jackson, and kick off my bucket list programme with a trip to the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
I went to the gardens on a gloriously hot and sunny Singapore morning, the type where you wake up and the sky is crystal clear and blue as anything. Not being outside on a morning like that was, frankly, rude! I took the MRT to the newly opened Botanic Gardens stop. The MRT drops you right at the north corner of the gardens, leaving you free to explore it in its entirety. It was so peaceful just walking through the winding little paths, looking at the beautiful foliage and hearing the birds singing. It was just what I needed after having to listen to endless construction noise outside our temporary apartment. I know everyone always says that the Botanic Gardens are an oasis in the middle of Singapore but clichés exist for a reason, right?! It really is so incredibly relaxing and calm there.
There were other people out and about enjoying the morning and the scenery, and I got lots of friendly smiles whenever I passed other people who were similarly wandering aimlessly around! I had great fun admiring all the foliage and marvelling at all the unusual plants that I’d never seen, including some that had what looked like giant hairy strawberries hanging from them (see picture below – does anyone know what they are?)
I wanted to go into the Healing Garden, as it sounded fascinating; all about the different types of plants that are used in medicine. But sadly on this occasion it was shut – not sure why, but it’s a good excuse to go back!
I made it to the Visitors Centre in the middle of the gardens and sat in the shade for a little bit enjoying the trees with little waterfalls underneath them. I was seriously hot by this point, despite having consumed a lot of water – I had got a bit lost trying to find my way – so it was lovely to sit in the shade and listen to the running water and just chill out for a bit. I then walked up to the Orchid Garden and Ginger Garden but I think a massive tour group had just arrived, as there were a lot of people there. Again, one for another day, and I’ll definitely be back to buy some orchids once we’re in our new flat!
As you walk down from the Orchid Garden towards the Holland Road exit, there are loads of little concept gardens, like one with loads of bonsai trees in it, and lots of sculptures dotted around everywhere. There is so much to see here! I walked along the side of a lake that has this amazing sculpture of birds (I think they are swans) taking off from the middle of it. There was a little pavilion with a family having a picnic all together next to the lake as well – what a great idea.
I left at the Holland Road exit, by the big gates, pretty hot by this time! I thoroughly enjoyed my morning having a little slice of peace and quiet. It was great just walking around soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells. I’ll definitely be back to continue exploring!