Over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids are now found in the National Orchid Garden's collection, and every year, more vibrant and enduring hybrids will be added on. It has a Coolhouse where a selection of plants native to the mountains of South-East Asia, you can find the National Flower of Singapore - Vanda Miss Joaquim, the Orchidarium is where most of the wild orchids are displayed, Burkill Hall once home to the Gardens' directors, Yuen-Peng McNeice Bromeliad Collection of exotic and most unusual plants from Central and South America, VIP Orchids and Tan Hoon Siang Mist House host a rare orchid cultivars from the Gardens' collection is displayed here.
The distinctive feature of the National Orchid Garden is its design concept which presents the display of plants in four separate colour zones over most of its areas: the "spring" zone with its prevailing colours of bright and lively shades of gold, yellow and creams; the "summer" zone with its major tones of strong reds and pinks; the "autumn" zone of matured shades; and the "winter" zone of whites and cool blues. The colour zonation is achieved by a careful blend of selected trees, shrubs, herbs and orchids (mostly hybrids) with matching foliage and floral colours.
History: Orchids have been associated with the Singapore Botanic Gardens from the time of its establishment in 1859. In the mid-1870s, when H J Murton was the Superintendent, the Singapore Botanic Gardens began to cultivate orchid species in an Orchid House. The Gardens quickly became an important source for species acquisition in the region. When Henry Ridley, a trained orchidologist, became the Director of the Gardens in 1888, he embarked on a concerted programme to develop the orchid collection.
The products of the Gardens' orchid breeding programme, which began in 1928, deserve a place where they can be displayed in their full splendour. The very design of these orchids is, one could say, 'hand-crafted' by the Gardens' horticultural staff, dedicated to bringing out the finest in any hybrid cross.
The National Orchid Garden, land area of approximately 3 hectare, was officially opened by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister, on 20 October 1995 at Burkill Hall. Burkill Hall was the Director's house built in 1866 and is named in honour of two Directors, father and son, who served the Botanic Gardens - I H Burkill (1912-1925) and H M Burkill (1957 - 1969). A preservation of Monuments Board Historical Landmark dedicated by H M Burkill on 3rd October 1992. The hall is now used to host VIP events and other functions.
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569.
MRT Station: Napier (TS12) U/C.
Bus Stop Number 13029: Services 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, 174 and 564.
Bus Stop Number 13021: Services 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, 174 and NR8.
Nearest Parking is available at the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre Carpark at Cluny Road and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue.
Information is correct as at 26 October 2014. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.