Sunday, March 5, 2017

[SG] Exploring Singapore @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

It has been ages since we last went out for a family walk together, particularly even more challenging with the recent unpredictable weather condition. Thankfully, we were blessed with a sunny morning and decided to leave our car at home and take the public transport instead.

Hopping on the North East Line (MRT), we had breakfast at Tekka Market (Little India). Earlier this year, National Heritage Board has launched a new heritage trail in Little India because of its vibrant history. We will probably be back again to check it out on another day.

Entrance to Singapore Botanic Garden (Bukit Timah Gate)

With the launch of Downtown Line (MRT), Singapore Botanic Gardens has become more accessible. It has been a few years since our last visit and its great to be back here with the children, now older. Entering the gardens from the Bukit Timah Gate, we began our walking trail. At times, the children prefer to jog while hubby and I took on our own pace.

Hubby and I strolling on the path while the kids ran straight ahead.

Fallen leaves (leaf litter) are very important as they help to improve plant growth. Do you know that leaf litter carries a large amount of beneficial microorganisms that aids in the decomposition of organic matter. They also help to keep the plant roots moist during a hot day!

Look up! Spotted bird nest on the tree top! There are little birds within but we only catch a glimpse of their beaks.

There are many lovely sculptures within Singapore Botanic Gardens but we only spotted one. 
Posing with Frederick Chopin at Heliconia Walk (near the Symphony Lake)

Walking on the green lawn towards Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

We stopped by the lake and bought some fish feed ($1 per capsule) for the children to feed the terrapins and catfishes. Thankfully, even though Denver & Gladys are getting older, they still enjoy feeding the fishes.

Sensing food in the waters, the fishes wasted no time swimming towards their meal.

A monitor lizard spotted taking its morning walk too!

Whats up on the tree? Is it a bird?

Our girl gave a loud shriek as she spotted a huge spider spinning web on the tree. :) Can you see it?

One of my favourite spot for photography - The Bandstand. Though there are not more music performances, it is still one of the well-known features of the Gardens. 

Bonsai Garden

Sundial Garden

Even though we have been to Singapore Botanic Gardens a couple of times, we did not explore walking to the Tanglin Gate before. Hence, I fell in love with the garden swings when I spotted them surrounded by the Frangipani trees. For a moment, I thought I wasn't in Singapore! This is a perfect spot to swing on a breezy evening.

Picture perfect spot too!

There are many heritage trees within the gardens and the Tembusu Tree is one of the main highlight. The Tembusu is an evergreen tree and is depicted at the back of the Singapore $5 note. Easily recognised by its signature lower branch, its wood is durable and hardy.

Fences has been installed around this iconic Tembusu tree which has been reported to be more than 150 years old as visitors have been perching on its horizontal branch, climbing on the tree and trampling on the roots which impeded root growth. Though we can no longer get close to its trunk, we can still admire it from afar.

Exiting from Tanglin Gate

We took a leisure stroll and it took us 1.5 hour to walk from Bukit Timah Gate to Tanglin Gate. There are still many areas that we did not cover, and hopefully we can check them out on our next visit.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Address: 1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569


--andy-- said...

It is very popular with families and joggers in the evening. Some tourists come for the Unesco feature too. I love the shades and pretty landscaping all around.

cheers, Andy

Shub said...

Love Botanic Gardens. Your post makes me feel like visiting it again very soon...

Unknown said...

Been there a few times for playgroups and photoshoot but we haven't really explored the place for 1.5 hours! Lovely post.

Pooja Kawatra said...

We used to visit Botanic gardens when we were staying towards that side and it was fun time with picnic or water play.

Unknown said...

I love the old school garden swings! It's pretty shady there too.

My Cyber Shop said...

The Botanic Gardens is a great place for kids to enjoy nature and a great place for them to run free!

Unknown said...

Another world-class attraction. Well-maintained too. Every one ought to pay this place a visit. Always love the Botanic Gardens...and its a bonus that its so near the city. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

We were juz there a couple of wks ago for my boy to scoot & it's a great venue for family bonding time ;)

Phoebe said...

We also love the scenic landscape. Lovely place to go for walks and jogs

Phoebe said...

We have not been there for ages so it was a great time spent at the gardens once again

Phoebe said...

We took our time to walk between both ends and realised we missed out so much on our previous visits

Phoebe said...

I am glad the circle line and downtown line helps us to get to the Botanic Gardens more conveniently. Else it will be a longer travelling time

Phoebe said...

Yes! I love the swings too! My personal favourite spot

Phoebe said...

I agree! Whether its the tracks or green lawn, there is so much space for children to explore.

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Phoebe said...

Great! We did not bring our bicycles else it would be fun to explore the gardens more

Phoebe said...

Great! We did not bring our bicycles else it would be fun to explore the gardens more

Hello, Mrs Tan said...

Oooh I love the Botanic Gardens! With the MRT, it is really more accessible now. We like to bring our kids there for picnics and there is a huge field where they can kick a ball around. Plus it is really breezy in the evening!

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