Sunday, February 2, 2014

National Orchid Garden!

The National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Garden is the last tourist attraction on my mind, if you asked me before today's visit. This garden is truly amazing! I think every visitors to Singapore should visit the 3 hectares land for its hundreds of orchid species and hybrids! And all at an under-value admission charge of just $5 for adults!

I have never witness so many fascinating species of the orchid hybrids! It'll be a shame to visit the Gardens by the Bay but missed this small, stunning place.

These colorful hybrids that greeted us around the ground are considered the common species? Just wait till you see the below ones from the VIP and Celebrity Orchid Gardens!

Dendrobium Masako Kotaishi Hidenka
- named in honour of  Princess Masako of Japan to commemorate the royal wedding with Prince Naruhito in 1993.

Dendrobium Faisal El-Fayez
- named after His Excellency Faisal El-Fayez, former PM of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon during his visit on 19 June 2004.

Spathoglottis Philippe 'Mathilde'
- named after Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium during her visit on 27 Nov 2008.

Ascocenda Yingluck Shinawatra
- named after Her Excellency Yingluck Shinawatra, PM of the Kingdom of Thailand during her visit on 8 Dec 2011.

Renantanda Akihito
- 'an apt bloody red orchid', named in honour of Emperor Akihito of Japan during his visit in 1970.

Next, comes my favorite orchid - Vanda Miss Joaquim. The first orchid hybrid to be described from Singapore; and selected to be the National Flower of Singapore in 1981. It was thrilled to finally meet the real flower. It is beautifully gracious!

Venda Mimi Palmer

Then, never ever missed smelling this sweetly scented flowers when you locate it! This hybrid registered in 1963, has strong markings on the flowers that are considered a breakthrough in the Vanda breeding!

And there are the "Tan Hoon Siang Mist House" and the Cool House where these delicate hybrids are sheltered. All in all, you'll need at least 2 hours to tour the National Orchid Garden entirely! 


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