Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Singapore Orchid and the Botanic Gardens

If one wants to relax on weekends, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a place to go. In this pace you can also find the National Orchid Garden, the Evolution Garden, the Healing Garden and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.

One of the highlights of the Botanic Gardens is Vanda Miss Joaquim commonly known as Singapore Orchid. It was hybridized by Agnes Joaquim from Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres. In 1893, the orchid was recognized as a hybrid by Henry Ridley, the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.      

In 1981, Vanda Miss Joaquim was chosen as Singapore's national flower because of its resilience and year round blooming quality. These characteristics were deemed to symbolize Singapore's uniqueness which built pride among its citizens.

Singapore orchid bred by Agnes Joaquim.

The tomb of Agnes Joaquim at the grounds of Armenian Church
in downtown Singapore. 
 
Singapore orchids in front of the National Orchid Garden.

Plants in the botanic garden belonging to aloe family.
 
A passage way with curtain plants. Ideal for pre-nuptial photo shoot.
 
One of the sculptures found in the botanic gardens. 
 
The Lily Pond.
 
The EJH Corner House, which was already converted to restaurant.
 
Marker for the EJH Corner House

A fountain with Koi fish.

Orchid breeding exhibit at the Heritage Museum.

Orchid culture at the Botany Center. This center breeds orchids which are being named after dignitaries or celebrities visiting Singapore. 
 
Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Tel. No.: +65 6471 7138
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/  

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