It looks like Singapore is set to be an up and coming Mecca for orchid aficionados, as the National Orchid Garden will go through a major makeover next month to the tune of 35 million Singaporean dollars.
Tropical Montane Orchidetum
Targeted to be launched in 2019, the improved National Orchid Garden will feature a sprawling orchid plant display area and will give birth to a new attraction dubbed the Tropical Montane Orchidetum.
Aspiring to give visitors the experience of hiking up a mountain forest, the structure will have high elevation with altitudes somewhere between 650 meters and 1,000 meters and a chilly temperature between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius.
"The enhancement works will allow us to strengthen the National Orchid Garden's capabilities in orchid breeding, orchid conservation, and orchid research," Mr. Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, stated on Friday (June 30), at a ceremony marking the start of the works, which will begin from July 10, an article by the Straits Times reported.
Orchid Exhibits Connected Through Secret Ravine
The million-dollar rejuvenation project will seamlessly combine three current orchid exhibits through a secret ravine.
Inside the world-class Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden, has a number of remarkable orchid attractions. But what exhibits are included in the Tropical Montane Orchidetum project?
- The Cool House – which simulates a tropical highland cloud forest, complete with carnivorous plants and cool-growing orchid species, classified as from the Old World (Asia and Africa) or the New World (mainly Central and South America). Some unique orchid species in this display are the Bulbophyllum echinolabium and the Stanhopea ruckeri.
Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse – Christened after the descendant of Tan Tock Seng, a prominent philanthropist and the founder of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse is home to an extensive collection prized and award-winning orchid cultivars from the National Orchid Garden.
Fun fact: it has some of the sweetest (such as the Papilionanda Mimi Palmer orchid and the Vanilla planifolia orchid), and the foulest smelling kind of orchids (for example, Bulbophyllum graveolens, B.phalaenopsis and B.beccarri) available on display.
- Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad House – This is the sole non-orchid display in the National Orchid Garden. Made possible by the substantial donations of Lady Yuen-Peng Mcneice, the botanical exhibit highlights 200 one-of-a-kind types of bromeliads that came all the way from Shelldance Nursery in the United States in 1994.
Other Must-See Orchid Exhibits
The National Orchid Garden in Singapore is an absolute paradise on Earth for any orchid lover. Aside from the ones mentioned, it also has other amazing orchid exhibits, such as the:
VIP Orchid Garden – As the name suggests, this spot is only reserved for the hot shots. To honor state visitors and foreign dignitaries, Singapore names an orchid after them. This include Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher orchid, Dendrobium Joe and Jill Biden, Papilionanda William Catherine, and Renantanda Akihito.
- Celebrity Orchid Garden – Like a botanical version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Celebrity Orchid Garden is teeming with starstruck-worthy blooms. For example, Dendrobium Jackie Chan orchid and Papilionanda Andrea Bocelli orchid.
The Burkill Hill and the Heritage Orchid Garden also sound promising.