Sunday, June 24, 2012

A dream blossoms into reality

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By Sumita Sreedharan, sumitas@mediacorp.com.sg, 04:45 AM Jun 23, 2012


Bay South Garden at night.
PHOTO: Bay South Garden at night.
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Gardens by the bay
Culmination of six-year-old vision as grandest of three gardens opens this week


SINGAPORE - It took over six years for the dream to become reality. Now, as Singapore's Bay South Garden nears its official opening on Thursday (28.06.2012), the pointman behind the design of the project still marvels when he sees the final result.

"People can't believe what's built is actually real, it still looks like an imagined place," said Mr Andrew Grant, Director of British landscape architecture consultancy Grant Associates, which won the contract in 2006 to design the project.



PHOTO: Close-up of a 'supertree'.
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There was one concession that he made. Speaking to TODAY in a phone interview, Mr Grant said he had originally envisioned a whole forest of man-made "supertrees" within the garden. Practicality, however, prevailed and 18 were agreed upon.

"When it became clear how we wanted to use them and how they would sit in the landscape, it became clear that we didn't need (so many)," he said.



Visitors will have a panoramic view of the Bay South Garden from the suspended walkway linking two of the Supertrees.
PHOTO: Visitors will have a panoramic view of the Bay South Garden from the suspended walkway linking two of the Supertrees.
Town and country - The Bay South Garden, which opens to the public on Friday, is the largest of the three gardens that make up Gardens by the Bay. Here is what visitors can expect.
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An aerial walk through an eucalyptus forest in Perth, Australia was one of the inspirations behind the clusters of supertrees. The forest, called Valley of the Giants, featured eucalyptus trees 60m to 70m tall, and had a walkway that let visitors enjoy the grandeur (impressiveness) from aloft (at a great height).

The Garden's own supertrees, ranging between 25m and 50m in height, will not just be clad in exotic greenery, but will also function as receptacles to collect rainwater, provide shade, harvest solar energy and house a bar or F&B outlet.



The Garden's own supertrees, ranging between 25m and 50m in height, will also function as receptacles to collect rainwater, provide shade, harvest solar energy and house a bar or F&B outlet.

PHOTO: The Garden's own supertrees, ranging between 25m and 50m in height, will also function as receptacles to collect rainwater, provide shade, harvest solar energy and house a bar or F&B outlet.
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While it drew inspiration from abroad for "supertrees", the design team was conscious of making the Gardens by the Bay "a really Singaporean project".

Thus, the orchid, Singapore's national flower, was chosen as the general motif and the garden's layout was structured like the flower.



The orchid, Singapore's national flower, was chosen as the general motif and the garden's layout was structured like the flower.
PHOTO: The orchid, Singapore's national flower, was chosen as the general motif and the garden's layout was structured like the flower.
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"The footpaths and the networks would be the stems, the orchid flowers would be the special gardens, the roots and leaves becoming the land forms and infrastructure," said Mr Grant.

The onsite team worked with Dr Tan Wee Kiat, Chief Executive of Gardens by the Bay, and National Parks Board officials, and "the collaborative spirit was exceptional", said Mr Grant who travelled to Singapore every four to six weeks to oversee the project.



Bay South Garden by Sumita Sreedharan
Official opening on Thursday (28.06.2012); opens to the public Friday.
Largest of three gardens that make up Gardens by the Bay


18 man-made Supertrees, from 25m to 50m tall, are host to more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and climbers.
PHOTO: 18 man-made Supertrees, from 25m to 50m tall, are host to more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and climbers.
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18 man-made Supertrees, from 25m to 50m tall, are host to more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and climbers. Some store solar energy to light up the structures at night.



PHOTO: The Cooled Conservatories are home to two glass biomes. The Flower Dome biome — glazed with 3,332 glass panels of varying sizes — is kept at a temperature of 23°C to 25°C.
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The Cooled Conservatories - the Flower Dome and Cloud Dome - feature some 226,000 plants from every continent except Antarctica.


PHOTO: The Flower Dome, home to baobab trees, a flower field and others, replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and sub-tropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe.
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The baobab trees inside The Flower Dome, replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and sub-tropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe.
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The baobab trees inside The Flower Dome, replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and sub-tropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe.

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There are several horticultural themed gardens, and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher lakes



PHOTO: Sculptures, quirky displays and life-size topiary animals feature amid the themed gardens and conservatories.
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The Web of Life garden, for instance, focuses on the relationship between rainforest flora and fauna.
PHOTO: The Web of Life garden, for instance, focuses on the relationship between rainforest flora and fauna.
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Opening hours:
Garden: Daily, 5am to 2am. Free entry.
Cooled conservatories and aerial walkway: Daily, 9am to 9pm. Admission charges apply
For more information visit: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg



At 54ha, Bay South Garden captures the essence of a garden in a downtown setting. It will eventually have 13 F&B spaces. The Bay Bridge links the garden to Marina Bay Sands.
PHOTO: At 54ha, Bay South Garden captures the essence of a garden in a downtown setting. It will eventually have 13 F&B spaces. The Bay Bridge links the garden to Marina Bay Sands.
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