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Singapore Botanic Gardens: Workshops & Guided Walks for Organised Groups (For Adults)

To answer the growing taste for 'green' leisure, nature appreciation and hobby craft, the Singapore Botanic Gardens offers a whole range of nature tours for organisations to choose from.

Guided Tours

To register your interest, please email us at nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg. 

Learning Forest Tour

 

This tour will bring you through the lowland rainforest and restored freshwater wetland habitats in the Learning Forest. This latest addition to the Gardens adds 9.8-hectare to the existing Nature Area. Walk through the different layers of a tropical rainforest, observe the collection of giants on a network of elevated boardwalks and discover fascinating products of the forests. Learn more about the wetland, a restored freshwater habitat of native flora and fauna, once found in the Gardens back in the 19th century. Key features of the wetland include five of the eight freshwater vegetation belts described by the prominent botanist, EJH Corner. 

*Please note that this programme is a comprehensive tour which includes both the SPH Walk of Giants and the Keppel Discovery Wetlands. Separate tours could be arranged to focus specifically on either the SPH Walk of Giants or the Keppel Discovery Wetlands.  

Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: A flat rate of $180 per group
Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults
Location: Learning Forest, Tyersall-Gallop of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

Healing Garden Tour

Spread over 2.5 hectares, Healing Garden is designed as a tranquil retreat with more than 400 species of medicinal plants traditionally used in South-East Asia as the main focus. Healing Garden is a reminder that plants are in fact chemical factories and serves as a plant bank where many species continue to thrive as their natural environments dwindle. Come and explore the Healing Garden, and you will find out more about traditional healing plants and their respective uses.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: A flat rate of $180 per group
Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults
Location: Healing Garden, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

Singapore Botanic Gardens - Our Heritage

Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was designed by Lawrence Niven, whose work reflected the English Garden style that influenced the emergence of numerous English landscape gardens and public parks from the 18th century until this period. Today, this layout as well as the historic buildings such as Burkill Hall (1868), Ridley Hall (1882), EJH Corner House (1910) and Holttum Hall (1921) remains almost entirely intact.

In the early years, the Gardens played an important role in fostering agricultural development in the region through collecting, growing, experimenting and distributing potentially useful plants. One of the most important successes was the introduction, experimentation and promotion of Hevea brasiliensis (Pará Rubber). This became a major crop that transformed the region. In the 1920s, the Gardens also spearheaded new techniques in raising orchids in asceptic media and founded a regional orchid breeding industry.

Since its establishment, the Gardens have continued to be a leading centre for plant science, research and conservation in Southeast Asia. Today, it is recognised internationally as a leading institution of tropical botany and horticulture, and its library and herbarium collections (comprising over 650,000 specimens) serve as an important reference centre for research on the region’s flora for botanists around the world.

This guided tour will include a tour of the SBG Heritage Museum and Gardens’ historical landmarks. The museum features interactive exhibits and panels that share little known facts of the Gardens’ rich heritage, as well as rare artefacts including botanical books, paintings, and more.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: A flat rate of $180 per group
Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults
Location: Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

Orchid Tour

See the largest collection of orchids in Singapore housed in a beautiful setting! A total of more than 700 species and 3,000 hybrids from tropical regions around the globe are showcased here. You will see the national flower of Singapore, the Vanda Miss Joaquim and hear how it was first discovered. The VIP Garden displays orchid hybrids named after famous personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and many famous others. Also of interest is the Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse where many rare and award-winning orchids are displayed, and the Coolhouse which encloses a montane tropical forest, a realistic representation of high elevation sites in the tropics.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: A flat rate of $180 per group
Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults

Admission Fee into National Orchid Garden:

  • Free for children 12 years and below
  • $1.00 per child above 12 years or above 60 years old senior citizen
  • $5.00 per adult

Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults
Location: National Orchid Garden, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

Rainforest Tour

This tour will give you fascinating insights into this last remnant of the same forest that used to cover the whole of Singapore Island. The Gardens’ 6-hectare Rainforest has a long historic record dating from 1880 when Henry Ridley (the Gardens’ first Director) collected plants and toadstools from it. Today, the Rain Forest is home to more than 300 plant species of which most are endangered, rare or vulnerable. You will hear stories and learn secrets about these giant trees and rare plants in the context of the fragile and unique rainforest ecosystem, comprising both the plants and animals. Come and join us for a unique trekking experience in the Singapore Botanic Gardens Rainforest!

Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: A flat rate of $180 per group
Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults
Location: Rainforest, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

EcoGarden Tour

Come explore the EcoGarden and the EcoLake located at the Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens! This tour focuses on our collection of plants with economical and cultural value to humans such as bamboo, coconut, old palms, screw pines and the 'giant' Pandanus. Also found are the Cyperus papyrus used by ancient Egyptians to make paper, plants for dyes, medicinal plants and tropical herbs and spices used traditionally to heal ailments and lift your spirits!

Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: A flat rate of $180 per group
Group Size: Maximum of 12 adults
Location: EcoGarden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

 

Last updated on 19 April 2021

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