Nature Tours for Organised Groups

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 : 2.0 hours
Fee : 
$20.00 per participant, subject to a minimum of 15 pax per group.
Location : 
Learning Forest, Tyersall-Gallop Core 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 : 
$15.00 per participant, subject to a minimum of 15 pax per group.
Location : 
Healing Garden, Central Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens


Heritage Tour
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, subject to a minimum of 15 pax per group.
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.  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.

You will see the National Flower of Singapore, Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim “Agnes’ (commonly known as Vanda Miss Joaquim). It was described and named by H.N Ridley, then Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, in the Gardeners’ Chronicle, 24 June, 1893. There, Ridley stated: “A few years ago Miss [Agnes] Joaquim, a lady residing in Singapore … succeeded in crossing Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres, two plants cultivated in almost every garden in Singapore.”

The first Vanda hybrid in the world, it was awarded the prestigious First Class Certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society (UK) in 1897. It was selected on 15 April 1981 as the National Flower of Singapore for its beauty, resilience and year-round blooming quality.

Duration : 1.5 hours
Fee : 
$15.00 per participant (excludes admission fee into National Orchid Garden),
subject to a minimum of 15 pax per group.

Admission Fee : 
Free for children 12 years and below
$1.00 for student / senior citizen
$5.00 per adult
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 Rain Forest 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 Rain Forest!

Duration : 1.5 hours
Fee : 
$15.00 per participant, subject to a minimum of 15 pax per group.
Location : 
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 : 
$15.00 per person
Location : 
EcoGarden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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