The last time we brought the girls to the Gardens was almost a year back. Both the girls have grown up so much in just one year.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens have been opened for more than 150 years. Overheard this fact on radio the other day, our Botanic Gardens’ size is 74 hectare, it is half the size of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew or around 1/5 of the size of Central Park in New York. Though we are smaller in size, our Botanic Gardens is the only garden in the world that opens from 5am till 12mn daily, no admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden.
Much has changed since the time I used to visit the place when I was young. Now, the place is so much cleaner and you can see a lot more families gathering on the grass areas.
The girls imagined themselves to be butterflies in the gardens. So cute.
Actually at Botanic Gardens, the main idea is to enjoy the nature and spend some family time together. Just be prepared to bring an umbrella and bring lots of water especially for kids. If you want, prepare a sandwich or two.
It took us about an hour or more to slowly walked from the front visitor centre (Tanglin Gate) to the Ginger Garden. Click here to download the map of the ground.
Along the way, it’s one of the best time to educate the girls on things like photosynthesis, evaporation, decomposition, etc.. If you are not as well versed in Science like me, can consider the educational tours available.
Klessis teaching the girls about the fishes and tortoise in the pond.
Let you in a little secret, if you can’t see the swans on the Swan Lake, then take the small road turning left immediately after the lake and you will find a feeding pod for the swans, you may be able to catch a much closer view of them.
And if you walk further in along the path, you will get to another pond, you can find a few bigger swans too. Jayne was so excited to see one of it up close. I was slightly worried the swan will run up from the pond and chase us. Paranoia.
It was the first time we walked to the Ginger Garden, besides the usual greens, there was a made-man waterfall and that provided some fun for the girls. And probably some form of cooling effect.
After the cool-off, Jayne was back to her cheekiness. Suddenly she just ran off to one of the wooden benches and posed for me.
With such cutie, it made all the effort worth it.
Some other photos I took.
We will be back again. OK Jayne?
Check out the Singapore Botanic Gardens visitor information.