The first and only tropical botanic garden in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, the Botanic Gardens of Singapore is also the only one in the world that is open from 5 am to midnight every single day of the year.
The Botanic Gardens is located on the fringe of Singapore’s main shopping district. It was founded in 1859 by Henry Ridley, originally to promote rubber cultivation across the region. Today, more than 10, 000 species of flora cover its 74-hectare area. The garden receives 4.5 million visitors annually.
The National Orchid Garden within houses the world’s largest collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. In 1981, the hybrid climbing orchid, Vanda Miss Joaquim, was chosen as Singapore’s national flower. Singapore practices ‘orchid diplomacy’ by naming its finest hybrids after visiting celebrities.