Singapore Botanic Gardens drips orchids. Almost literally, as they hang from trees, spill from rocks and dance among colourful foliage. Everywhere you look, there’s another spectacular display, with every flower at its peak.
I wondered how they managed to get everything looking so simultaneously perfect until I realised that there’s a rotating display in the gardens so that every plant always does look perfect. An orchid ‘also ran’ house on the outskirts of the garden holds everything that’s either in waiting or past its prime, and gardeners continually update the displays with a wide range of orchid genera.
The SBG display style rejects the usual ‘potted orchid sitting on a shelf look’ and nestles the orchid’s container down among foliage plants so that it’s hidden from view, leaving the orchid spray to arise, or droop downwards, more naturally from the planting.
I loved my time in Singapore and if I get to do another Europe trip, I’ll certainly be planning to travel via Singapore in one direction at least, as there’s so much for a garden-lover to enjoy.