The garden which spreads over 52 hectare has thousands of flora, many of which are rare. Opening times are from five in the morning until midnight. To do justice to the gardens you will need to allow yourself at least two hours. If you suffer from orchid mania then the National Orchid Garden is a must. It is not open as extensively as the main garden, it's hours being 8.30a.m. to 7 p.m. with last entrance at 6 p.m. It is claimed to be the world's largest orchid display including the VIP orchids named after visiting State dignataries. The one named after Margaret Thatcher has a strange appearance, I'll say no more on that!
Just inside the entrance is a lake full of terrapins. There are numerous paths around the gardens with several map boards situated in convenient places to work out where you are in the gardens. If you are keen on orchids follow the signs for the orchid collection. On entering the orchid collection there are numerous paths around the collection, it's worth going round a couple of times at least because you will see some that you missed first time round and then you'll find that you are back on a path that you recognise you have been down before.
As is inevitable with most attractions of this type there is a souvenier shop but this one is quite good with a good selection of, as you would expect, "orchid" orientated gifts as well as batik goods, sun hats and all the other items that you would expect.
The gardens have a vast variety of plants and a tranquil atmosphere. One particularly interesting tree is the cannonball tree which has incredible orange flowers and forms a nut that is the shape, size and colour of a "cannonball.
It just isn't possible to do justice to the gardens with a few words and photographs. I urge you "go see for youself"!
Okay so you're tempted, how are you going to get to Singapore? Why not set your holiday off with a real treat and fly with Singapore Airlines. Even travelling by economy is comfortable and you will be treated with the utmost coutesy from attentive cabin staff. Have a look at the Singapore Airlines Website for flight times. For those of you living in the North of England or Scotland avoid that trudge down to Heathrow. You can fly from Manchester! There are regular trains to the airport from Middlesborough through York and Leeds. An almost hassle free way to start your journey.Jolly Green P**l**k