If you’re planning your Singapore travel anytime in the near future, you can’t miss a visit to Gardens by the Bay. A national garden and incredible horticultural attraction, it is home to close to 1.5 million plants of over 19,000 species and varieties, as well as the iconic, towering Supertrees.
Measuring between 25 and 50 metres in height (think as tall as 9-16 storeys!), these tree-like vertical gardens are designed to function as large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night with a show called Garden Rhapsody.
There are a total of 18 Supertrees, 12 of them being situated in the Supertree Grove, with the remaining 6 being located in two clusters at the Golden Garden and Silver Garden (near Dragonfly Lake).
Easy on the eyes and eco-friendly
Because of the short time span it takes to create a garden from reclaimed land, Supertrees provide an immediate scale and dimension to the Gardens while having the form and function of matured trees. They also create height to balance the current and future tall developments that are in the Marina Bay Area.
The Supertree is made up of four major parts: The reinforcement concrete core, an inner vertical structure that upholds the Supertree. The “trunk,” which is a steel frame attached around the concrete core. Planting panels which are installed on the trunk in preparation for planting of the living skin.
Finally, there’s the canopy, shaped like an inverted umbrella and hoisted via a hydraulic jack system. These large canopies help provide shade for the garden during the day.
As well as this, 11 of the 12 located in the Grove have canopies embedded with environmentally sustainable functions. Some of them have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy for lighting up the Supertrees. It is both aesthetically beautiful and helping out the environment!
The Aerial Walkway
More intriguing features that are available at the grove is the 128-metre-long aerial walkway (also known as the OCBC Skyway) that connects the two 42-metre Supertrees in the Supertree Grove. This enables visitors to take in a different view of of the Gardens and its surroundings.
From this walkway, you would also be able to enjoy the lovely design of the trees at a height of 22 metres, which have variety of the 700+ species available in the gardens.
Because the criteria of what plants for the Supertrees are suitable includes unique flowers that aren’t commonly found in Singapore, as well as various colour schemes in the planting that range from warm toned reds and browns to cooler silvers and pinks, it is incredibly visually appealing. Here’s adding colour to your Singapore travel plans!
With a garden offering such a unique experience for those who visit, the Supertree Groves easily become a one-of-a-kind experience that would be hard to find anywhere else.
Whether you’re looking to shop, eat out or have a business meeting, do add Gardens by the Bay to your Singapore travel must-do list!