Singapore Botanic Gardens Soft-Opens Tanglin Core Development
15 Jul 2006
"Visitors to the Gardens will now be able to gain an insight into the Botanic Gardens" backroom operations with the soft-opening of the Tanglin Core development on 15 July.
Named the Botany Centre, the complex houses the heart and soul of the Botanic Gardens - its research and educational facilities. These enhanced facilities, which include the herbarium, laboratories and library, will play an important role in furthering the Gardens' position as a leading tropical botanic garden and a renowned institution for research and education. The Botany Centre was one of 17 developments which received the 2006 Green Mark Awards in April this year for its environmentally friendly design.
Taking centrestage at the Botany Centre is a green pavilion featuring Singapore's first pitched green roof. A celebration of Nature's resilience, the green roof showcases hardy plants like epiphytes, the Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) and the Tiger Orchid (Gramatophyllum speciosa). The green roof is a pilot project and forms part of NParks' efforts to leverage on new technology to promote skyrise greenery.
The facilities at the Botany Centre have also been carefully designed to further the Gardens' efforts to connect plants and people. For instance, the orchid breeding and micropropagation laboratory has been designed with viewing windows to provide an overview of the various stages of the Gardens' orchid breeding programme.
And from 1 August 2006, visitors can look forward to engaging in research on plants, plant care, botany and horticulture at the Public Reference Centre. Featuring a leisure reading area with comfortable sofa seats, the Public Reference Centre will also offer a plant clinic and a self-help collection of herbarium specimens to allow students, nature lovers and budding gardeners to identify their own plants.
The Botany Centre is also home to the Taman Serasi Food Garden which features both indoor and al fresco dining areas. The food garden comprises 10 outlets offering a wide variety of reasonably priced local cuisine.
Sharing the design philosophy for Botany Centre, Mr Ng Lang, CEO, NParks said: ""Before the development of Botany Centre, the Botanic Gardens' main attraction featured gardenscapes, plants and flowers. With the redevelopment, we will bring the science of botany upfront so that the public can better appreciate the science behind the Botanic Gardens. Looking ahead, the public can look forward to the Singapore Garden Festival which falls on 16-25 December 2006 which we hope will be the biggest flower show in the region. There is also Gardens by the Bay. Implementation is going smoothly. We hope to have this signature garden up by 2009 or 2010"".
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