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Greetings from Singapore and hello to my Palmtalk friends of yore! ( you know who you are...lol)

It has been a while since I last posted here.......perhaps as long ago as my trip to Saudi Arabia.

I am now (on project) working here in SG for a while and its obvious I need to visit SG Botannical Gardens, but is there any other "must see" gardens,etc here?

This place is truly a marvel to see. I wish I woud have brought a palm guide book along.. I'm sure I can buy one (expensive here) but I think I can do with the internet.....

Thanks in advance.

WT

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How long will you be in Singapore ?

Check out Gardens of the Bay when open – here’s info from their website.

http://www.gardensbythebay.org.sg

The Flower Dome is targeted for a special preview during the World Orchid Conference from 14 - 20 November 2011.

The official opening of the Phase 1 of the Gardens is scheduled in Jun 2012.

The construction of the Bay South Gardens is progressing on track with key infrastructure works such as drainage system and the main access roads and services completed. The works at the Conservatories have been completed and the focus is now on the interior works. Construction of the Supertrees' core, canopies and installation of the green skin have also progressed to various stages of completion.

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Hi Tom,

Nice to hear from you again. and I know you're going to have a great time visiting the Singapore Botanical Gardens. And as you probably already know, it requires more than one day to really get to see and enjoy the place. The Singapore Zoo also has quite a few palms and Jurong Bird Park is also worth a visit. I understand the new "Gardens by the Bay" will open in November (next month) so I'm sure you want to check that out. See the Thailand Singapore thread in the IPS Biennials sub-forum. More info there.

Enjoy Singapore and I hope you will be able to post updates and photos here! :)

Aloha,

Bo-Göran

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We'd like to stop in Singapore while we are in Asia for the Biennial.

I'd be interested in hearing your comments and places that you have gone.

I have been reading up on Singapore and I'm working on a list of things to do.

Gardens by the Bay -

The Singapore Botanical Gardens.

Night Safari at the Zoo

Walking trail to 3 parks (I'd have to look up the info on this).

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Thanks Bo and SW !

Yes, I have the Botannical Garden and Jurong Bird park on my "to do" list -

I had not heard about Gardens by the bay........I will look in to it.......Perhaps I can sneak in to the sneak preview in November......

My assignment is for "approximately" 4 months - but I may be here up to 8..... so plenty of time to take most of the island in........

I will definately post up some photographs........ I have only Sundays off so it may take a few weeks to get some images, but I will check back in......

I have to say that so far I am blown away with the care and time they give to the landscaping....... Even on Jurong Island ( where my project is) - which is a MASSIVE industrial complex - there are fine examples, including stands of C. Renda etc along the roads.....

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OK - Well here are a few images from Singapore Botanical Garden today..............As I am not an expert on specie and such - I prefer to hear your comments and taxonomic forte......Enjoy.............!

You will notice in the first picture the MRT ( Underground train) deposits you right at the gate!

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Well well...... what have we here!

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A closer look reveals a much anticipated event. I think you guys have discussed this here before?

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And nearby............ The lonely L. maldivica waiting for a friend...... sorry- I couldn't get much of a photograph of the palm itself. When I go back I will try to get a decent photograph......... I am guessing this picture will have you scratching your eyes out, if not your heads.................!

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Well well...... what have we here!

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A closer look reveals a much anticipated event. I think you guys have discussed this here before?

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And nearby............ The lonely L. maldivica waiting for a friend...... sorry- I couldn't get much of a photograph of the palm itself. When I go back I will try to get a decent photograph......... I am guessing this picture will have you scratching your eyes out, if not your heads.................!

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I always wondered why LM has such big nuts, this picture has answered that :D

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great pix,cant wait to see more! :drool:

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Wow, I love Singapore....was last there about 20 years ago. I suppose it is still super clean and safe to travel around?

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Hhmm... I must've missed that waterfall thingie with Joeys on top.... Bummer!!! It was hard to cover the whole garden with only 2 hours...

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Tropics- Yes it is very clean and safe...........!

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those water features are so cool! what a great concept! :drool:

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Hey Tom, looks like a trip to Singapore might be in my future in February. I might pick your brain for some great palm viewing, other than what you've posted, and some good places

to eat. Maybe we can hook up too.

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Tom,

Thanks a lot for the great pictures! I hope you have more!? And the waterfall must be new. Never saw that. And Ari - 2 hours? That would be impossible, not just hard! :mrlooney:

Bo-Göran

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Ok ! Here are a few more!

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Swoon!

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A FLorida native !

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Get your Heliconia fix right here!

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OK - a few more.......... This is the new Gardens by the Bay attraction being built near the HUGE Marina Bay Sands hotel and Casino....looking down on it from the tp of the hotel - you know- the cruise ship looking highrise?

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Lots of spectacular palms (and plants in general) but those Joeys definitely leave an impression! :)

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Thanks for the new pics, we are very much looking forward to strolling these gardens including the new gardens by the sea next year, thanks for "whetting our appetite" Pete

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A few more recent photographs............. I have a new camera ( Nikon P7100) and have been on the learning curve........

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I've just recently returned from Singapore and have a few pictures to share :)

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Gaussia attenuata

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Asterogyne martiana

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Metroxylon salomonense

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Verschaffeltia splendida

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Arenga undulatifolia

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Welfia Regia

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Lodoicea maldivica

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Johannesteijsmannia perakensis

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Satakentia liukiuensis

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Latania verschaffeltii

Enjoy :)

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After seeing this I really want to go to Singapore!

Thank you for the pictures.Any more?

Michel

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