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Venues in Singapore Botanic Gardens:

Function Hall, Botany Centre

Function Room, Botany Centre

Burkill Hall, NationalOrchidGarden

Party Place, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a dynamic and living monument to the foresight of the founding fathers of Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and a keen naturalist, established the first botanical and experimental garden on Government Hill (Fort Canning Hill) in 1822, shortly after his arrival in Singapore.


The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticulural  Society.   Planned as a leisure garden and ornamental park, the Society organised flower shjows and horitcultural fetes.  In 1874, the Society handed over  management and maintenance of the  site to the government.  The  scientific mission of the Gardens  evolved when the colonial government assumed management and deployed Kew-trained botanists and horticulturists to administer the  Gardens.  Since then, the Gardens has been taking a leading role in the greening of Singapore.  While the Gardens' role in recreation is highly visible, it is the role of research, education, and conservation that give botanical and scientific credibility to the Gardens.

The Gardens presently covers 63.7 ha and includes three lakes and several specialist gardens, such as the NationalOrchidGarden, the Ginger Garden, the SunGarden, the EvolutionGarden, and the Eco-Garden that displays plants of economic importance. Of particular pride is the 6.2 hectare relic of primary rain forest that pre-dates the establishment of Singapore. Its latest addition is the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.

 
The Garden is divided into three zones, called Cores, each with its own lake, namely the Tanglin Core, the Central Core, and the Bukit Timah Core. It hosts 3 million visits a year and is recognised as a major tourist destination in Singapore. For the convenience of visitors, the Gardens provides a visitor information centre, cafes and restaurants, a bookshop and souvenir shop, and a stage with regular, popular open-air performances. There is also a choice of venues with diverse styles and layouts for holding a variety of events and functions.

 
For more information on the Singapore Botanic Gardens, visit www.sbg.org.sg.

 


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