The National Orchid Garden, which is located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, is the place to visit if you’re up for exploring the beauty and diversity of Singapore’s national flower.
Ironically, I was recommended this place by an American friend who was awed by the different species of orchids you can find there.
Apparently we love naming our orchids after celebrities. The royal family was obviously not let off the hook either. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the garden in 2012, they were shown the orchids that were named after the late Princess Diana.
The white orchid was meant for Princess Diana, but unfortunately, she died in the tragic car crash in Paris just two weeks before she was due to fly to Singapore to see it.
I simply love orchids and they are my favourite flowers. I love their colours and the different patterns you can find on their leaves. If you’re also into orchids, and want to learn more about the different variety and how they’re cultivated, you’ll have to visit the National Orchid Garden when you have time in Singapore. It’s also a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road (the main shopping street where brands repeat themselves in each mall)!
Tip for the visit:
When we say the National Orchid Garden is nestled in Singapore Botanic Gardens, we mean it. It is no easy walk given the temperatures and humidity you get in Singapore, especially if you’re not used to it. I was born and raised there and I complain (national pastime) about the heat a lot. Try to go early in the morning when it tends to be cooler.
National Orchid Garden, Entrance fees
Students and seniors citizens (60 years and above) $1
Children under 12 enjoy free admission
Daily 8.30am – 7pm
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