By Melissa G.
The Gardens of Beauty. That is what the In 1859, the present day garden was founded
Botanic Garden in Singapore is. From the grand by the Agri Horticultural Society. Until the Society
white pearly gates to the rain forest, it is all very gave the park to the government in 1879, the garden
beautiful. At 52 hectares, it is one of the worlds’ was used as a leisure park and an ornamental group.
largest botanical garden. Once you pass through the In 1888, the first administrator, Henry Nicholas
gates, the first attraction is the Swan Lake. There is Ridley spent the next 23 years, [into the 20th
an Orchid Garden, Evolution Garden, Ginger century] improvising the garden and making it into,
Garden, and a miniature rain forest. The Orchid a leading Botanical Garden. In 1996, the National
Garden is three hectares. It has more than 1,000 Park Board and the Parks of Recreation Department
species, and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. The Orchid merged, with Dr. Chin See Chung as the director.
Garden is also the biggest attraction in the Botanical Dr. Chin is the current director, and he has created
Gardens. The Evolution Garden is 1.5 hectares. The many other popular and possibly better attractions.
Evolution garden is quickly gaining popularity. Although the Botanical Gardens in Singapore is
There is also a Ginger Garden. The garden is 1 much smaller than many of the other Botanical
hectare. There you will find several types of ginger Gardens, it keeps expanding, and improving making
from the ginger family. The it one of the worlds largest garden in the world, and
last section or biggest part of a garden that is continuously changing and growing.
the Botanical Gardens is the Just incase you haven’t been to Singapore, the
Rain Forest. The forest is six Botanic Garden is 1/3 the size of the Central Park
hectares. The rest of the in New York City.
hectares are lakes, walkways,
plants, different flowers, and Timeline
pavilions. Located in Dictionary
1822-Sir Stamford Raffles founded
Singapore, there are two the first Botanical Garden.
rather large rain forests, 1829-The Botanical Garden closed Hectare-
down. One hectare is 2.47
considering the fact that Singapore is really small. 1859-the Agri Horticultural Society acres, [10,000 square
There are several other main attractions. For founded the present Botanic Garden. meters].
1888-Henry Nicholas Ridley was the
example, there is the Green Pavilion, and the first administrator.
Symphony Lake. An orchid is
1973-The Parks and Trees Branch of
In 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles set up the the Public Works Dept. merged with
the Parks and Recreation Dept. flower. Very
first Botanical Gardens on Government Hill [Fort 1988-Dr. Tan Wee Kiat was the beautiful the colors
Canning Hill]. Sir Stamford Raffles also founded director. will vary.
1990-The Parks board changed and Keen-
Singapore, and was a keen naturalist. When the Dr. Tan Wee Kiat became the Chief Someone who is avid
garden first began, it was intended to introduce executive. or interested in a
cultivation of economic crops. Unfortunately, due to certain subject.
the lack of full time, salaried director, the garden had
to close in 1829 shortly after Sir Stamford Raffles’
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