Channel NewsAsia: Bay South Garden to open on June 29

Channel NewsAsia recently ran this story on the upcoming launch of the Bay South Garden at Gardens By The Bay.

Bay South Garden to open on June 29

SINGAPORE: Bay South Garden, a section of the waterfront gardens in the new Downtown @ Marina Bay, will open on June 29.

It is the largest of the three gardens that make up Gardens By The Bay, Singapore’s new green oasis in the city.

The sprawling 54 hectares Bay South features man-made, tree-like structures known as “supertrees”. Visitors with a taste for heights can take to the aerial walkway that links two of the supertrees.

There is also the Dragonfly Lake, where visitors can stroll along the promenade or rest in the four heritage gardens which reflect the history and culture of Singapore’s main ethnic groups.

Bay South also features two cooled conservatories.

Dr Kiat W Tan, CEO of Gardens By The Bay, said: “We have brought (in) two glasshouses that’ll give you a touch of perpetual spring. So this is excellent in that here in the tropics, we have a touch of the seasons. It allows us to also look at plants from different continents, brought here from fragile habitats that are disappearing very fast.”

Visitors can also look forward to the Cloud Forest where they will be greeted by a mountain, covered in a layer of luscious plants and complete with a 30-metre waterfall.

“It has a living skin. Every single plant has to be tied on. And there are over 100,000 plants. There’s a wonderful array of ferns, orchids, pitcher plants,” said Dr Tan.

Most of Bay South will be free to visitors, except for the two conservatories and the aerial walkway on the supertrees.

To celebrate the opening of Bay South, there will be a series of events organised over two weekends from June 29 to July 8.

These include “live” concerts by Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and local songbird Corrine May. Six restaurants will also be opened for a unique dining experience in the garden.

Image taken from CPG Corp

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