Glowing Midnight Supertrees

Knowing that Singapore heat is unbearable, the idea of enjoying the shade of a tree is quite appealing. Realisation to be the garden city, the sprawling 250 acre Gardens by the Bay is a public space with numerous themes of gardens and plant species. Situated in the heart of the city, the garden aimed at showcasing the city state’s tropical locale. In layman terms, Gardens by the Bay act as the “lung” of the city landscape to complement the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. Proclaimed as the “horticultural heaven”, the 2 massive climate-controlled biomes called Cloud Forest & Flower Dome are not to be miss. Subsequently, the next big thing is the man-made trees called Supertrees. So how “super” are these Supertrees? In fact, the Supertrees are also a part of an energy efficient green space.  As the title of this post suggest, I explored this amazing garden on a peaceful night.

Gardens by the Bay cost the government about S$1 billion to build on a reclaimed land. Just like Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London, we got our own Gardens by the Bay houses over a quarter of a million rare plants.

Reflection of the Supertrees.You’ll notice them the moment you enter Gardens by the Bay.  They can be found all around the Gardens. 12 at the Supertree Grove, with 6 in clusters of threes at the Golden and Silver Gardens.

There are total of 18 Supertrees. 11 of it are fitted with solar panels that convert sunlight into energy. Thus,  the solar energy collected during the day is used to light the structures at night. Furthermore, these trees also serve as rainwater catchers as well.

Just like Vincent Van Gogh “Starry Night” masterpiece, he was fascinated by the sky and the night. I’m fascinated on how the gardens lit at night as well. Living in Singapore for years, trust me this is the best sight where you can look up at the sky without tall concrete buildings obstructing the view. If you’re lucky, you can even witness the new moon :D

Part of the structure of the conservatories. Visiting the outdoor gardens is free but you need a ticket to visit the 2 conservatory. Click here for more info.

This is not a cup of tea for those who have acrophobia. Walk on the OCBC Skyway and soak in the views of the amazing surrounding. The Bridges and skywalks connect with the other supertrees, giving visitors incredible views of the Gardens by the Bay.

Supergrove. FYI. Each supertree feature tropical flowers and a variety of ferns that rise up the steel framework. Nice! In one of the top Supertree, dining experience with IndoChine offers an unforgettable bistro experience!

Do remember to catch OCBC Garden Rhapsody. When night falls, watch as the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling myriad of light displays bursting across the sky. This is a free daily event scheduled at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

The massive man-made supertrees
Mystical mushrooms under a creepy-crawly tent
A closer look to the creepy crawler
At night, the lighted Supertrees with the backdrop of a well-lit Marina Bay Sands can make for a gorgeous shot.
The bridge leading to the other side of the gardens. Without doubt, Gardens by the Bay has an amazing view indeed. I’ve yet to visit it during the day. In the nutshell, there are 7 highlights of the gardens; Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Dragon & Kingfisher Lakes, Bay East Garden and World of Plants. Outdoor gardens is open daily from 5 am to 2 am. Click here for list of current happenings at Gardens By the Bay.

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