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

The Singapore Botanic Gardens offers a phletora of guided walks and workshops for you. View the list of different guided walks and workshops and decide which you want to organise for your group.

 

Hands-On Workshop

Gardening Workshop:
Home Gardening: The Fundamentals and Another Perspective

Choosing the right plants, watering regimes, as well as the use of fertilizers and other general plant care for the living environment. Techniques including re-potting and pruning will be covered in this comprehensive basic course. Participants will be led on a guided tour around the Tanglin Core of Singapore Botanic Gardens to learn and discuss about the different type of plants. The alternative Hydroculture (soil-free) approach will also be introduced in this workshop.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Gardening enthusiasts who would like to sharpen their basic gardening skills
  • Beginners with no background in gardening
  • Tertiary students and adult hobbyists 

Duration: 8 hours
Fee: $100.00 per participant (includes all materials)
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants per group
Location: Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Gardening Workshop:
The Art of Planting: Container Gardens & Terrariums

The art of growing and arranging plants in containers and enclosed bottles (also known as terrarium) will be explored in this workshop. Learn how plants can self-sustain in a terrarium and design your own attractive plant art piece for your home, or as a gift for family and friends. At the end of the workshop, you will bring home a terrarium and a container garden.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Gardening enthusiasts who would like to explore planting terrariums
  • Beginners with no background in gardening
  • Tertiary students and adult hobbyists 

Duration: 6 hours
Fee: $80.00 per participant (including all materials)
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants per group
Location: Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Gardening Workshop:
Growing Tropical Orchids for Beginners

Have you ever aspired to cultivate prize-winning orchids? Start with the basics in this workshop where you will be introduced to the Orchidaceae family and learn the cultivation techniques to maintain and propagate healthy orchids. A guided tour to the National Orchid Garden is also included to complement the theory lesson in the classroom.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Gardening enthusiasts who would like to learn more about orchids
  • Orchid enthusiasts who would like to hone their basic knowledge on orchids
  • Tertiary students and adult hobbyists
  • Beginners with no background in gardening

Duration: 6 hours
Fee: $80.00 per participant (including all materials)
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants per group
Location: Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Gardening Workshop:
Herbs & Spices

Understand more about the herbs and spices commonly used in Asian and Western cooking! This theory and hands-on workshop will explore their historical significance, uses as herbal remedies and methods of propagation. A guided tour is included to study the herbs & spices planted around Botany Centre.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Gardening and cooking enthusiasts
  • Tertiary students and adult hobbyists
  • Beginners with no background in gardening

Duration: 6 hours
Fee: $80.00 per participant (including all materials)
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants per group
Location: Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Gardening Workshop:
Growing African Violets

The Saintpaulia species make attractive indoor plants with their bright display of dainty flowers on rosettes of well-formed leaves. Familiarise yourself with the proper soil mix, light and care through this workshop to ensure months of colourful and healthy blooms.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Tertiary students and adult hobbyists
  • Beginners with no background in gardening

Duration: 3 hours
Fee: $50.00 per participant (including all materials)
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants per group
Location: Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Garden

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Gardening Workshop:
Basic Bonsai

Learn to appreciate the concept of ‘miniature nature’ through the fundamentals in this workshop designed for beginners. This course will cover pruning, wiring and potting techniques that are essential to create your own miniature plant.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Gardening enthusiasts who would like to hone their skills in cultivating bonsai
  • Beginners with no background in gardening
  • Tertiary students and adult hobbyists

Duration: 6 hours
Fee: $80.00 per participant (including all materials)
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants per group
Location: Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Guided Tour

Guided Tour:
Learning Forest Tour

Walk of GiantsKeppel Discovery Wetlands

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: 2 hours
Fee: $20.00 per participant
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 participants per group
Location: Learning Forest, Tyersall-Gallop of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Guided Tour:
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: $15.00 per participant
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 participants per group
Location: Healing Garden, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Guided Tour:
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: $15.00 per participant
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 participants per group
Location: Tanglin Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Guided Tour:
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: $15.00 per participant (excludes admission fee into National Orchid Garden)

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: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 participants per group
Location: National Orchid Garden, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Guided Tour:
Rainforest Trek

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: $15.00 per participant
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 participants per group
Location: Rainforest, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Guided Tour:
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: $15.00 per participant
Group Size: Subjected to a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 participants per group
Location: EcoGarden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Last updated on 12 April 2017

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