Although entry requires a ticket, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are recommended for visitors, whether green-fingered nature lovers or families on a a day out. The Flower Dome provides the ideal place for a walk in the park, its temperature kept to a temperate 23-25C – there’s no danger of breaking into a sweat here! The assembled collection of plants from across the globe includes huge Baobabs from Africa, giant cacti, a one-thousand-year-old olive tree and a huge selection of flowers – look out for the Dahlia exhibition currently on show and the beautifully decorated Chinese New Year garden.
In the damp misty Cloud Forest Dome next door, a man-made waterfall cascades down a mountain of rare plants from the tropical highlands. Discover a world of orchids, bromeliads and begonias as you descend from the summit.
Beyond the domes, there are acres of park to walk through, with food and refreshments available at a selection of restaurants and the waterside hawker centre Satay by the Bay. For a special experience, book a table at Pollen (see review on page xx) in the Flower Dome and enjoy haute cuisine in a Mediterranean garden.
18 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6420 6848, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Located over 130 hectares on the northwestern tip of Singapore,