Entry to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is free, but there's an admission charge of $5 per person for entry to the National Orchid Garden located within the compound.
The boy and I have been to the Botanic Gardens on several occasions, to feed the pair of swans at the Swan Lake, to just lie on the grass and munch on tuna sandwiches, to enjoy the performances that are held at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, and even to attend an Ikebana workshop! However, it had never occured to us to visit the Orchid Garden till the day we felt there was nothing new to do, and were craving something different.
The Orchid Garden is located near the Symphony Lake and the place is big enough to justify the admission fee even if you are not crazy about orchids.
Standing inside a gigantic 'birdcage'.
Walking under a series of green arches.
Of all the orchid varieties in the Orchid Garden, I love the ones at The Mist House best. Not surprisingly, this is where the rare award-winning cultivars are being kept, though I like them for the simple reason that the blooms are gigantic!
Other random and equally beautiful but nameless orchids; sorry, these didn't have any visible tags on them.
The Coolhouse was my favourite place to hang out because the day was so damn hot! It's basically a high humidity air-conditioned glass house where plants native to the mountains of Southeast Asia, orchids from the South American forest, and carnivorous plants from all over the world are kept.
Walking from the Mist House, we spied the Coolhouse through the trees.
Walking across the bridge to get to the Coolhouse.
Gongora Aromatica. If you have ever had the urge to burst the bubbles on a bubble pack, you'll understand my attraction towards this orchid.
Another nameless orchid.
Moss-covered stone imitating their natural habitat made for a beautiful sculpture.
It took us about 50 minutes to circle the place. Not entirely by choice, as that was the time we had left before they closed for the day. Seeing how reluctant I was to leave the Coolhouse, the boy got me a choice of chocolate ice cream or orange sorbet from the ice cream stall after we exited, ending our day on a sweet note.
Opening hours: 8.30 am to 7 pm daily (last ticket sale at 6pm).
Admission Fee: Adults $5.00, Students/Senior Citizens(60 years & above) $1.00, Children (below 12 years) Free