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GARDENS BY THE BAY

Singapore is often referred to as a Garden City, with numerous species of trees and flowers all over the island, green parks, sanctuaries and lush displays of flowers and trees even indoors. So it’s entirely appropriate that it’s home to Gardens by the Bay, a top attraction in Singapore which features the world’s largest glass greenhouse, the Flower Dome – an impressive 1.28 hectares of flowers under glass. 
Garden by the Bay Night Supertrees

It’s not just the variety of flora in Gardens by the Bay that makes it stand out – it’s also the comprehensive sustainability efforts that go into making the Gardens an eco-friendly attraction. Sustainability was an underlying principle of the planning and construction processes with great care taken to ensure that energy and water are used efficiently.

Anyone even passing Gardens by the Bay will immediately notice the Gardens’ Supertrees, eleven of which have environmentally sustainable features and some of which use photovoltaic cells that capture solar energy that’s used to light them up. Some Supertrees are also used as air exhaust channels for the Conservatories. 

Conservatories in the Gardens by the Bay
The two Conservatories themselves are among the Gardens’ most striking features and occupy glass biomes that replicate Mediterranean and Tropical Montane climates. While the plants themselves represent significant value, but the conservatories themselves are designed for sustainability as well, with cooling systems that reduce energy consumption by at least thirty percent. These include special glass that allows light in for the plants but reduces heat, cooling the air only at lower levels, dehumidifying the air in the Flower Dome before cooling to reduce the amount of energy used, and harnessing waste heat to reduce dependence on the electrical grid. As much as possible, the Conservatories aim to reuse the energy created and reduce energy waste.
Lake in the Gardens by the Bay

Strolling around the Gardens, you’ll see the Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lake, both of which are part of the Gardens’ lake system and an extension of the Marina Reservoir. The water from the lake system is used to irrigate the Gardens and the lakes themselves are habitats for aquatic life and provide great platforms for biodiversity education.

Gardens by the Bay has earned the Green Mark for Non-Buildings (Platinum Award) and the Green Mark for Buildings (Gold Award) for Satay by the Bay food court. But its real impact comes from educating visitors about the importance of conservation and biodiversity – after all, what better way to learn about protecting nature when you’re surrounded by the best of what nature offers?