Nature’s World

The Timaru Herald in New Zealand has the latest rave review for Singapore’s new Gardens by the Bay complex. It’s no surprise that orchids abound in the recently opened park, which covers 250 acres (101 hectares) of the tiny island nation. Sitting close to the equator with a tropical rainforest climate, Singapore has long been a garden city full of orchids. In fact, the country’s national flower is a Vanda hybrid. Gardens by the Bay consists of conservatories, elevated walkways, outdoor gardens, a small lake, and 18 remarkable “supertrees.” These artificial trees serve as vertical gardens for orchids, ferns, bromeliads, and other air plants. The supertrees also harvest solar power, collect rainwater, and provide ventilation for the environmentally friendly structures. Both conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, look somewhat like enormous glass seashells. They house thriving plant collections from around the world, and also offer cool, air-conditioned relief from Singapore’s tropical heat. With the supertrees illuminated every night, it’s no wonder the article calls Gardens by the Bay “real Avatar territory.”

For more pictures of this fantastic park, check out the landscape architecture website Landezine. They have 24 large, high quality photos which help show why this ambitious new project has been winning awards like Building of the Year from the 2012 World Architecture Festival.

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7 Comments on “Nature’s World”

  1. Alice Longchamp Says:

    It’s a fantastic post. The buildings are wild looking! It’d be good to be a tourist there someday.

  2. johnnyz Says:

    Youre so right, it looks like Avatar. Im there with you I would like to visit and see it for real. it looks very expensive so I have to start saving now.

  3. DrenaFL Says:

    Thank you for the good writeup. keep up the nice work on the site. I love it. Could maybe use some more updates more often, but im quite sure that you got better or other stuff to do like we all do.

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    Hi Isabella. Yes, you can follow me on Twitter @AboutOrchids. Thanks!

  6. MB57 Says:

    Wow, great post.Really thank you!

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