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''GARDENS BY THE BAY'' SINGAPORE

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Pedro 65

Last week after 2 weeks in Phuket Thailand for rest, relaxation and recovery we headed to Singapore for 4 days.

2 of the 4 days I spent at the recently opened "Gardens By The Bay", I enjoyed this remarkable, stunning creation so much more than I anticipated, I will for sure travel back in a few years to marvel at the growth of all the newly planted palms and to stare and enjoy the well over ONE MILLION Bromeliads that are everywhere.

There are around 10 massive Tree like steel structures that have Bromeliads attached all over them. Two of these structures are connected by a Sky Walk to each other, I would guess these walkways are easy 40 meters high, its an "Awesome" walk. At night the Tree like structures light up. Cassandra and Shakira are in a pic at the entrance to the base of 1 structure to get a lift to the top.

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Pedro 65

The next pics are in the background of 1 of the Tree structures is the Marina Bay Sands Casino ( a boat shape on top of the 65 story high casino building) few pics of Steel Dragonflies over 6mtrs lomg

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bgl

Pete,

Definitely great to hear that your recovery is proceeding so well that you're able to travel. :) Gardens by The Bay certainly sounds like an amazing place, and it's on the travel plans in connection with the Biennial in September. Definitely looking forward to the sight of millions of bromeliads! And palms! Thanks for posting, and glad to hear it was such a great trip for you and the family! :)

Bo-Göran

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Pedro 65

These pics are inside the "Cloud Forest" dome, which is packed with anthuriums, begonias, broms, orchids and many more cloud forest plants. The walkways and waterfalls are stunning.

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Pedro 65

The next 2 pages will be a few Palm pics, all the palms are newly planted but there are huge areas of Joeys , Licualas and Kerriodoxas 2gether. 1 pic is looking down from the high walkway to newly planted copernicias and licualas

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Pedro 65

A mass planting ( 40plus) of large Pinanga Caesias, some more Licualas, an entire leaf Ptychosperma Schefferi , the colourful petioles of Pholidocarpus macrocarpa

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paulgila

that is freakin' off the hook!!!!!!!

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Pedro 65

In the Flower Dome was flowers, Phoenix, cycads of Sth Africa, many silver Agavae, thorny delights and dryland plants.

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weldertom

Great photographs Pedro!

I thought I might have the honor of making the first pic post on the Gardens but you beat me to it!

I am living here in Singapore, as some of you know and I have been hanging back ,waiting on the crowds to subside a little or go on a Monday . I work 6 days a week so its difficult to get over there.....I just got inspired to take a mental health day and get to it!

As Paulgila said - "off the hook!"

Thanks Again....

BTW- if anyone is coming to SG and need information, let me know........I'm not an expert on the city, but i'll try to help.

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Pedro 65

more pics, 1 of the massive leaf of Pholidocarpus macrocarpus and Shakira resting in the circle of the red wall of the Chinese garden section and more Brom shots and a fruiting Hydriastele sp

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Pedro 65

The worlds Largest Ferris wheel the Singapore Sling

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Pedro 65

Many Botanic Gardens around the world will "Learn a Lot" from this incredible creation.

Heres a few pics of "Incredible Petrified Wood" and a Livistona from Malaysia with Orange petioles.

Not sure if the pic of Cass and Shakira with the Marina Bay Sands Casino made it before.Also a pic of New Guinea carvings and a croc carving..

I will add more soon, hope you enjoyed the pics as much as we enjoyed our 2 days there, oh, I forgot to mention there is tons of "fantastic luscious eateries as well which is needed for the many hours in the days spent there.

Thanks for the comments Bo, Paul and Tom, enjoy all the added pics.Pete

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LJG

Thanks for sharing. Now we know why you have been absent here :)

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Tassie_Troy1971

Great pics Pete

you return !

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Pedro 65

A few more to add from the cloud forest ( almost dreamlike being in there)and a huge Cactus from the flower dome... Also a Palm pic of Oenocarpus mapora and a Palm with spiny leaves of which was with a heap of Copernicias I think is a young Gastrococos crispa?

Thanks Len and Troy, yes Ive been absent for a good reason and we didnt go near a computer for the whole time we where in Phuket or Singapore, took plenty of pics and had fun with my family.

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Kim

Let me first pull my jaw up off the floor...!!! "Dreamlike" indeed! Thank you for the preview of what Bo and I will see in September, these photos are just incredible!

Glad you and the family had a relaxing trip, and nice to have you back here posting your great pix!

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Manolitus

Many years ago when I went to the Getty museum in LA for the first time. I thought that it was freaking genius how someone had come up with the idea of doing these mushroomed shaped sculptures out of re-bar and planting bougenvelia in the middle of them so when they grew out, it would look like this giant colorful plant or flower.

IF that was genius, I have no idea how to categorize what I just saw in these pictures.........

Manny

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Pedro 65

Thanks Kim, we all had a fun time, its a pleasure to post the pix, what great fun and ideas you and Bo will have.

Manny the massive Tree like structures are actually where all the hot air escapes after the huge volumes of garden trimmings from all over Singapore are 1st burnt and turned into energy so the "whole Gardens By The Bay" has "Free Power" Yes a Genius Idea indeed as it would cost "very much" to power the 2 Massive Domes alone. Heres a few more pics of these mighty structures, a few of the many many small Broad leafed Licualas planted and a Aiphanes minima.

WelderTom, Happy Birthday and feel free to add your pics here when you go to "Gardens by the Bay" next..Pete

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realarch

Spectacular stuff, in fact Singapore was a pretty spectacular place. We'll be going there again I'm sure.

Thanks Pete for the photos.

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Pedro 65

Thanks Tim, Yes Singapore is Magnificent , full of Beautiful Trees, Palms, Lawns , Orchids , ReForresting , and all very well maintained. Did you know about how "Gardens By The Bay" makes it own power as I wrote above? So Much Yummy Food, and So Much to "see and do", no wonder so many people from "all over the world" live and work in Singapore.

Heres a few more pics, the shot of Shakira near the Joey is actually at the Bot G..The pic with the trucks near the base of one of the Structures shows some of the 3 large triangular areas full of recently planted Joeys, Licualas and caryotas that are a little yellow but will soon green.

The Croton pic is a croton that caught my eye,its nearly black..

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bgl

Pete,

Mindboggling place and fantastic photos! Kim and I will in all likelihood be on palm and bromeliad overload even before getting to the "Main Event" - the Biennial! :o And Shakira makes a great "palm model"! And I look forward to seeing those Joeys at the Botanical Garden again - it's been a few years and they were impressive then! :) Thanks again for all these photos!

Bo-Göran

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Pedro 65

Pete,

Mindboggling place and fantastic photos! Kim and I will in all likelihood be on palm and bromeliad overload even before getting to the "Main Event" - the Biennial! :o And Shakira makes a great "palm model"! And I look forward to seeing those Joeys at the Botanical Garden again - it's been a few years and they were impressive then! :) Thanks again for all these photos!

Bo-Göran

Bo, its been a pleasure posting all the pics, and thanks so much for your kind words, little Shakira loved it very much to hear from you she makes a great Palm Model. :) heres my last 4 pics 2 are repeats and 1 is of me near Licuala orbicularis and L Peltata var sumawongii and a pic of Joeys near a small waterfall at the Botanic Gardens.. All the Best and safe and very happy travels when you go. Pete

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Xenon

Wow! Amazing photos...could someone ID the fruiting Hydriastele in post #10? Really caught my eye...:drool:

Thanks for the pics!!

:) Jonathan

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Walter John

Wowza, thanks for posting, they even have kangaroo paws, love it..

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Pedro 65

Pleasure for posting the pics Wal and Jonathan, heres a few more..The pic of the "black sugarcane" is a good reminder to me to plant the few i still have in pots. :)

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Nate DeWees

Unreal! Thanks for sharing those pics. If only every country would make such a botanical effort....imagine.

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Pedro 65
Unreal! Thanks for sharing those pics. If only every country would make such a botanical effort....imagine.
Unreal! Thanks for sharing those pics. If only every country would make such a botanical effort....imagine.
Thanks Nate, this Billion dollar project houses 80% of the "worlds sp of plants".. Thats a Huge WOW..I was very very impressed and happy that in the "Cloud forest" dome they Made An Excellent Statement About Why All The Highland Ancient Cloud Forests World Wide Are Being Destroyed.....Companies Clearing,Cutting And Stealing the Valuable Timber To make Millions While they Plant Oil Palm Plantations..Oil Palm plantation companies have" more than enough" of already cleared degraded available lands to plant oil palms , but they pay governments and politicians worldwide to allow them in to clear Huge vasts of rainforest with VERY Valuable timber...these companies are "Evil"

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Walter John

Hey Pete, would you know what Licuala that is in post # 6, there are about 3 or 4 photos of it.

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Pedro 65

Hey Pete, would you know what Licuala that is in post # 6, there are about 3 or 4 photos of it.

Wal, the top 2 Licualas in post 6 where L Paludosa, the other 2 didnt have tags but where different. There was so many "similar but different" Licualas planted.. All this section of the Licuala Garden was still being planted at a fast rate by gardeners, Im keen when I revisit in a few years to see them all with their names.( most had a little tape with a number so no doubt later the names will be added)..There where many more Licualas that I wanted to photograph but my camera was dead late in the day and it was our last day there, I look fwd to my next revisit, the growth in another 2 years will be "phenomenal"..

The pics of these Licualas are a full grown Lic tryphylla(o97jpg) and the other is a small Licuala I looked and looked at many hoping to find a name but to "no avail" :( ( the leaflets where thick like a joey, my thoughts are Licuala bintulensis?)

People wanting the answer on "why all tropical cloud forests ( mainly PNG, Malaysia and Indonesia) are being destroyed , I wrote on post 27.

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Jeff Searle

I think I saw a few of my babies there. Thanks for sharing.

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Okie

I had the opportunity to visit this garden in July, a few days after it opened. Singapore Airlines has a documentary about it's construction. It was an $800 million project. It is a "must see" for anyone that goes to Singapore.

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Jastin

Thanks Pete! What an amazing place and pictures. I hope to go sometime in my life but for now I will live it through the pictures :)

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Dave-Vero

Dennis Cathcart of Tropiflora gave a presentation on the Gardens last night. Very impressive, though the plantings are obviously very freshly installed, and it'll take some time to see how things work out.

Kind of crazy to see so many tropical American bromeliads (even Spanish moss) in the old world. Also, a Cuban brown anole. Looks like they have some pitcher plants and pinguiculas from the southeastern US.

It's certain that nothing similar will be created in the US anytime soon.

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Pedro 65

A pic I want to add from GBTBay is 2 of many planted Satakentias. I really look fwd to visiting here again one day soon. Airfares are so so cheap for Aussies to fly to Singapore. :) Pete

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