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Singapore Botanic Gardens

The gardens are close to the city and have over 130 acres, so we did not cover all of it.  However it was a very pleasant to walk around the grounds and see all the different plants.  A few months ago I went to Kew Gardens and saw many of the plants in the Palm House and now they were all around us out of doors.  One area was planted as a tropical rain forest and as we entered it was noticeable that the temperature around us dropped slightly under the cover.  

The gardens were established in 1822 by Sir Stamford Raffles at a different sire, though it closed 9 years later and it took another 30 years before the current parks were established in 1859.  Its main role early on was in agricultural research, an important example being the importation and cultivation of rubber plants from Brazil which have become a major resource for the South East Asian region.  Research continues to be an important activity for the gardens as well as educational and recreational use.

Here are some of our photos from there.

















These two flowers were from heliconia plants which are relatives of ginger and bananas, which we also learnt are related.  There was also a ginger walk, we never knew there were so many different types of ginger.


This is the flower from a plant called an elephant vine and it was growing right along a set of railings.  The bee (about 2 to 3 cms long) was one of many search for nectar.
















Some of the wonderful root structures from trees in the rainforest area.



It did rain for a while but not too long and gave everything a good fresh feel afterwards.

Within the gardens there is also the National Orchid Garden which we also visited.

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