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Year 2012

Gardens by the Bay today launched the “Gift of Gardens”, a new community outreach programme for disadvantaged children, youth, families and the elderly. Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, officially launched the programme, accompanied by children from the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore).

“Gift of Gardens” brings together people from different walks of life to experience Singapore’s latest national garden and benefit from the therapeutic effects that nature has to offer. Beneficiaries will enjoy a visit that is tailored to their needs. This may include transport, manpower support, logistical arrangements, meals, and guided tours.

Gardens by the Bay aims to work in partnership with sponsors to reach out to 1,000 beneficiaries from various welfare organisations each year. The APEX Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly, Down Singapore Association (Singapore), Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), and Shaw-NKF-NUH Children’s Kidney Centre are among the first to benefit from the programme, which has raised S$218,000 so far from contributions by individual and corporate sponsors including Mrs Lucy Yeo and Tuas Power.

Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “The Gift of Gardens is an integral part of our efforts to make the Gardens one that people from all walks of life can enjoy and call their own. We welcome more sponsors to come forward and join us in reaching out to the community. It is our hope that these visits will not only enhance the well-being of beneficiaries, but also encourage social interaction and community bonding.”

Individuals and organisations who are keen to participate in the “Gift of Gardens” programme can email to

A floral "Winter Wonderland", a new Supertree light & sound show, and performances by Jennifer Lopez, Jack & Rai, and more!

Celebrate the festive season at Gardens by the Bay with a host of exciting programmes in December 2012 and January 2013.

Floral Wonders

The Flower Dome transforms into a Winter Wonderland from 8 December when some 2,000 poinsettias in striking hues of red, pink and white and a grand Noble Fir take centre-stage in the 850-square-metre Flower Field. Spot the adorable penguins and polar bears frolicking in the field as Santa and his little helpers finish wrapping the last presents in the workshop!

A diversity of plant life from around the world is also waiting to be discovered at the Gardens. To help you along, there is a series of self-guided tours and trails, including two new interactive maps for young explorers. Find out more about the Christmas tree in “The A-maze-ing Conifer Trail” (recommended for kids aged 7 to 9 years), or embark on a fun exploration with the Gardens’ Bear Botanist in “The Wonderful Map of Wise Wyatt” (recommended for kids aged 4 to 6 years).

Supertree Light-up

A Christmas light-up with a difference! From 8 December, the Supertree Grove rings in the festive season with a new instalment of the “OCBC Garden Rhapsody”. Themed “The Trees of Life”, this 10-minute light and sound show is the second part of a trilogy that celebrates the harmonious relationship between the people and the Gardens. Immerse in the music of nature – composed using recordings of sounds made by trees and plants at the Gardens – while the changing colours of light silhouette the spectacular structure of the Supertrees against the evening sky.

Musical Treats

Adding to the festivities are music performances by popular local and international artistes. Superstar Jennifer Lopez performs on 4 December as part of her “Dance Again World Tour 2012”. From 14 to 16 December, local musicians including Jack & Rai, The Main Wayang Company, Sri Warisan Performing Arts, Ukelele Movement and DJ KoFlow join in the Gardens’ celebrations. The year ends on a melodious note with choral performances and Christmas carols in the last two weekends of December. And come 2013, indie rock event, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, plays at Gardens by the Bay on 26 January.

Festive Goodies

‘Tis the season of giving and indulging – and the myriad of dining and retail outlets at the Gardens give visitors more reason to celebrate. Foodies can look forward to a variety of festive offerings and new menus, from traditional Christmas favourites like log cakes, gingerbread and roast turkey, to Asian delights like dim sum. Meanwhile, the Gardens’ gift shops offer unique creations such as Gardens-inspired costume jewellery, glitter globes featuring the iconic structures of the Gardens, aromatic candles, durian and sesame flavoured chocolate, and flower, herb and spice teas.

Far East Organization has pledged $10 million for the development of a dedicated Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay.  Plans to transform a one hectare (or 10,000 square metres) terrain adjacent to the Cloud Forest of Gardens by the Bay into a state-of-the-art play area were unveiled today at an event graced by Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan to mark the partnership.

Held in conjunction with Children’s Day celebrations, 100 children from Far East Organization’s beneficiaries – Singapore Children's Society, Club Rainbow, Jamiyah Singapore, Society for the Physically Disabled and the Down Syndrome Association Singapore – were also invited to attend this special event, which included a guided tour of the Gardens during an afternoon of fun and exploration.  Each beneficiary also received a donation of $50,000 from Far East Organization as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme.

Slated to open in the second quarter of 2013, the Far East Organization Children’s Garden is the Group’s latest endeavour in supporting community projects that are in line with its aspiration of inspiring better lives. The $10 million donation will go towards the design, landscaping, development of infrastructure, and the provision of play equipment and programmes.

Far East Organization’s vision for the Children’s Garden is to create a multi-dimensional space that would inspire children of all ages to foster an understanding of the environment and appreciate the value of conservation and sustainability. The Children’s Garden would also allow children and their families to spend quality time together in a safe and beautiful environment.

The highly anticipated nature-themed play area will feature undulating river scapes, lush greenery, a special toddler’s play zone, Rainforest tree houses and a water play experience utilising modern water play technology to create an interactive landscape of water tunnel and spouts amongst others. ‘Programmable spaces’ will also be interspersed to encourage ‘lessons in the garden’.

Gardens by the Bay welcomes a season of plenty as the Flower Field in the Flower Dome transforms with splashes of orange, yellow and red in its latest Autumn Harvest display. The rich colours of gold and warm shades of amber are reminiscent of a time of bounty.

The 850 square metres (sq m) Flower Field will see 18,000 blooms being used for the Autumn Harvest display. The new display includes blooms such as Sunflowers, Marigolds, Lavenders, Heucheras, Calla Lilies, Tomatoes, Kales and Chrysanthemums. The plants were chosen for their blazing colours or harvest season forms evocative of autumn.

Pumpkins, which traditionally ripen in the autumn, take centrestage in the display. The centrepiece pumpkins, specially flown in from Oregon, USA, have a combined weight of 1 tonne! Approximately 1,500 pumpkins of varying weight and more than ten varieties were used for the Autumn Harvest display. Spot the unusual green marbled pumpkins, white miniature pumpkins and other exotic shaped gourds among the vibrant orange showstoppers.

Chrysanthemums are not typically seen in bloom in Singapore this time of the year. Those selected for this display were first cultivated in China where they still retain great cultural significance, and come in vibrant purple, yellow and burnt orange hues.

Other plants like Marigolds and Zinnias put on one last burst of flowers before the chill of winter forces them into dormancy, while the Sunflowers ripen seed full. A profusion of crops dots the landscape with the end of summer being the time for harvesting wheat, barley, cabbages and lavender. Even the humble corn is interpreted with a range of rich, warm tones.

The new display also features a scarecrow, wooden wheelbarrows, hay, and a cornucopia - also known as the horn of plenty - overflowing with flowers, fruit, wheat and corn. Look out for adorable rabbits created from hay tending to this garden of abundance! Together with the warm, earthy hues of the flora, Autumn Harvest is a unique, visual feast for all, on display till the end of November.

The Flower Field will continue to change and evolve throughout the year to reflect different seasons and festivals.

Gardens by the Bay welcomed its millionth visitor this evening, slightly more than a month and half since its official opening on 29 June 2012. Minister for National Development, Mr. Khaw Boon Wan presented the millionth visitor an annual family pass and a gift hamper from Gardens by the Bay.

“We had set out to create a garden in our city for all Singaporeans to cherish and own. We are therefore heartened by the overwhelming response from Singaporeans and will continue in our efforts to make Gardens by the Bay a People’s Garden.” said Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gardens by the Bay.

Since its opening, Singaporeans from all walks of life have spent their leisure time at the Gardens, which is free to the public. Singaporeans make up 75% of the visitors going into the Conservatories. Other than the Conservatories and SuperTrees, Dragonfly Lake, the Heritage Gardens and the World of Plants are also popular with the public.

Visitors have provided feedback to the Gardens as well.  Many were positive comments such as “the Gardens is beautiful, filled with flowers not seen before”, “you’ve combined nature and man-made nature very well” and “the Gardens has made me very proud to be Singaporean”.

Other feedback were on areas for improvement in the Gardens. This is constantly looked into to enhance the visitor’s experience in the Gardens. Some of the improvements being implemented include better lighting and more directional signs around the Gardens.

Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, said, “We are extremely encouraged by the support shown to us by all our visitors, especially in the first six weeks of our opening. As the Gardens continues to grow with the people of Singapore, we will also continue in our endeavour to provide an enjoyable and pleasant visitor experience here at the Gardens.”

Visitors to Gardens by the Bay were treated to a splendid audio visual display this evening at the premiere of the OCBC Garden Rhapsody. Combining music, lasers, projection media and light artistry, the specially commissioned show will delight visitors at 7:45pm and 8:45pm each evening at the Supertree Grove.

The OCBC Garden Rhapsody is made possible by a partnership between Gardens by the Bay and the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (“OCBC Bank”). OCBC Bank is also the sponsor of the OCBC Skyway at the Supertrees – a breathtaking 128 metre-long aerial walkway, suspended at a height of 22 metres above the ground.

Mr Samuel Tsien, CEO of OCBC Bank shared, “We are honoured to have played a part in the development of such an iconic waterfront gardens project through our sponsorship of the OCBC Skyway and OCBC Garden Rhapsody on the occasion of OCBC’s 80th anniversary this year. It is an occasion that we would like to remember and celebrate as an opportunity to give back to the community we serve. This is the community which has provided us with the foundation of our past growth.”

He added, “The launch of the OCBC Skyway and OCBC Garden Rhapsody this evening marks the culmination of one and a half years’ tireless work by the Gardens by the Bay team and the OCBC team. They have come together to realise a common vision of giving our community new public spaces where we can relax according to our own pace and connect with one another.”

Dr Kiat W. Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay says, “We want to surprise and delight our visitors, and the OCBC Garden Rhapsody is one of the offerings that will not only add to the magic of the Gardens, but also make an indelible impression on the Singapore night sky. It is the second gift to Gardens by the Bay from OCBC Bank and we are glad that OCBC Bank shares our aspirations in transforming Gardens by the Bay into a garden for everyone’s enjoyment. The Gardens welcomes corporations to come onboard as stakeholders of our City in a Garden, to leave a legacy in green for future generations to enjoy.”  

The OCBC Garden Rhapsody was conceptualised and produced by Mr Philip Tan, a critically acclaimed music director and composer based in Singapore, and lighting designer Gabriel Chan. It is an exciting poetic trilogy of music and light, which celebrates the harmonious co-existence of Man and the Garden, making these trees come alive.  The installation was composed using recordings of the sounds made by the trees and plants at Gardens by the Bay. 

The OCBC Garden Rhapsody can either be viewed from a distance or experienced from within the Supertree Grove. Each performance uses 48 independent audio speakers to stream music from every spot and corner of the Grove, resembling ‘live’ musicians performing at various spots. The lights add further to the ambience with changing colours and moving displays that silhouette the spectacular structure of the Supertrees against the dark of the evening sky. Each show will last about 10 minutes and the performances will change every three months based on the musical score composed by Tan.  

The OCBC Garden Rhapsody is a twice nightly performance, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm  at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove. The show is free of charge for all to enjoy.  Gardens by the Bay charges nominal entrance fees to its main attractions, including the OCBC Skyway. All ticket proceeds will go towards the programmes and upkeep of the Gardens.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Bay South Garden at Gardens by the Bay this evening, during the opening ceremony held inside the Flower Dome Conservatory. The event was a celebration of the latest milestone in Singapore’s City in a Garden vision. During the event, the Prime Minister, together with more than 700 invited guests, enjoyed a special preview tour of the 54 hectare Bay South Garden.

When the Gardens opens to the public for the first time, tomorrow, 29 June, visitors will be able to experience its unique features such as the vertical gardens of the Supertrees; the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories; the Heritage Gardens and World of Plants; and the Dragonfly Lake.

In addition, they can look forward to changing floral displays in the Flower Dome, and a series of interpretive media and narratives that bring to life the story of plants. Completing the experience will be a host of lifestyle offerings including dining and retail.

Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “We are delighted to be able to finally reveal Singapore’s newest national garden to everyone after more than five years of planning and construction. But beyond the ‘wow’ factor, Gardens by the Bay is a place in which families, friends and communities can take time out, relax and create new and lasting memories. Our mission is to create a distinctive People’s Garden that would be cherished and well patronized."

To celebrate the opening of the Bay South Garden, an exciting programme of events spanning two weekends will be held from 29 June to 8 July 2012. The festivities include an array of activities that will appeal to all ages. The events will be held in different parts of the Gardens and include live concerts by Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz and local songbird Corrinne May, a three-day green fair to raise awareness of the environment; roving performances; a photography contest and workshop; storytelling and other activities for kids; and an outdoor movie under the stars.

Gardens by the Bay is open daily from 5am to 2am. Please refer to individual factsheets for more information on Gardens by the Bay and events line-up.

Mrs Theresa Foo
Chairman, Gardens by the Bay

Dr Kiat Tan
CEO, Gardens by the Bay


Distinguished guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Boys and Girls

I am delighted to join you this evening for the opening of Gardens by the Bay.

Parks and gardens are among my favourite places in Singapore, as I am sure it must be for many of you. As a small child, my parents would regularly take me on outings, for example to the Botanic Gardens, where I would run around, scamper, exercise, climb some trees, have fun. And I still visit the Botanics and the many other parks we now have regularly – to unwind, exercise, enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings and to see many other Singaporeans doing the same. Last week while on leave I had a little bit of time free and I visited the Woodlands Waterfront, and I also took a walk along the rail corridor. One was built by people to make it a garden,the other one is an old railroad track which we are going to make into something beautiful one day.

I know many Singaporeans feel like this too, and I am always happy to see the many families using the parks, and enjoying themselves. In fact, the more developed a city Singapore is, the more important it is for us to have such peaceful, tranquil oases in the midst of our concrete buildings and expressways, in order to strengthen our emotional wellbeing and sense of belonging. 

From the beginning, even before Singapore became independent, we sought to build a world-class living environment here through greenery. At first we aimed to be a “Garden City” – parks, reservoirs, Kallang River cleaned up, Singapore River, later cleaned up. Today, more than half of Singapore Island is covered in green; and we have more than 3,000 hectares of nature reserves, which is equal to six and a half Toa Payoh towns. So if you look at Singapore from the air, you do not see a concrete jungle. You see tropical forests, greenery, and you have to identify the roads by where the green trees are, not by where the tarmac can be seen. If you go on a Google or Flickr search and you type in “Singapore Parks”, you get hundreds of thousands of beautiful pictures. Singaporeans enjoy it, and visitors are also unfailingly impressed by how clean and green Singapore is. So Singaporeans, to the best of our ability, and I think we have not done badly, are able to enjoy high-quality living, with many places to enjoy nature.

The next phase from being a “Garden City” is to make ourselves into a “City in a Garden”. It is a play on words, but it means something different, because it means connecting our communities and our places and spaces through parks, gardens, streetscapes and skyrise greenery. And we already have got 3,000 hectares of parks and we are going to add another 900 hectares, another 2 Toa Payoh New Towns, of park land. And we are going to bring the green spaces and the biodiversity closer to our homes and workplaces. Butterflies, birds, all sorts of nteresting flora, fauna; once in a while a wild boar, but not here.

Gardens by the Bay is the latest realisation of our City in a Garden vision. We set aside so much prime land in the heart of the new downtown for Gardens by the Bay. It was not an easy decision. We could easily have used this for far more valuable commercial or residential developments, right in the middle of the new Singapore city. But our planners in URA believed that a large and beautiful park was an important element of our new downtown in Marina Bay South, just like Central Park in New York, or Hyde Park in London, although not quite as big. So Mr Mah Bow Tan, who was then the Minister for National Development, strongly supported this project. He saw value in having Gardens by the Bay right in the city, value beyond enhancing the price of the rest of the land in Marina Bay. Because a Gardens by the Bay would be an icon of the redeveloped Marina Bay and a jewel in the skyline of Singapore city. Because we are building not just a commercial district, with offices where people can work and do business, and earn a living and create prosperity for ourselves, but a new city centre, a place all Singaporeans can be proud of, identify with, and bring to mind when people talk about Singapore.

The Gardens have been in progress for five years. For a garden it is not a long time, some gardens take thirty, fifty years to mature. So we are not completely ripe and ready yet, but it is already quite clear that we made the right decision to build this Gardens by the Bay. The whole development is something special. I went into the other cool house just now, I think they must have planned this, and I looked up at the waterfall and I said, “Wow”. They said, yes, that is what you are supposed to say. But it was spontaneous. Before that, I had gone to the Skyway, on top of the Supertrees, where you can see not only the Gardens, but also the skyline around us, and see how all of the pieces fit in. That you can expect, but to walk into a cool house and see waterfalls, mist, plants which live in mountain climbs, tree ferns, orchids, pitcher plants – all lovingly tendered, flowering, and taken care of, and I hope all to be enjoyed by many, many visitors who will admire and respect them. Look, but please do not take. Because it is really to be shared by all of us. It transports us to another world – of waterfalls, Supertrees, and even of Mediterranean forests, away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.

It is not just plant-wise beautiful and interesting, also engineering-wise, many “green” innovations in the park to replicate the self-sustaining features of nature. For example we have cooled conservatories, this one is not powered by burning oil or fossil fuel, it is biomass, horticultural waste from around Singapore, transported here, burnt, cools this place. And the lakes around us contain aquatic plants that naturally clean the run-off water in the park before discharging it into the reservoir, which is for drinking, or to irrigate the plants in the Gardens. For now, these are pilot projects, proof of concept, shows that it can be done, but as the technology improves, as the economics become more favourable, as we learn more about how to do this, then there is every potential for implementing it more widely in a green and sustainable Singapore. So these are all the works of many, many people – the architects, the designers, the clients, the engineers, the contractors, who have worked for the last five years. I thank them all, and I think I should also thank the Minister who started this, Mr Mah Bow Tan, who is here with us today. Thank you all very much.

So this Garden is not just a pretty flower to admire from afar, but a “people's garden” for all of us – residents andvisitors – to enjoy every single day. It is a place to relax after work, a place to bring the family to on weekends. It is a place to enjoy a concert or a nice meal, and activities that cater to a wide spectrum of ages and interests. I am glad that many corporate partners, like Far East Organisation, OCBC Bank, ExxonMobil, have already contributed generously to the Gardens, and I encourage all Singaporeans to visit the Gardens and to embrace them as our very own, as we have embraced the old Botanic Gardens, which are now one and a half centuries old.

This is just one example of how we are transforming Singapore's living environment. We may be a densely populated city, maybe one of the densest in the world, but we are determined that our people should be able to live comfortably, pleasantly, graciously. Not just with good homes, efficient public transport, which we are still working hard to improve, or safe streets, but also to be in touch with nature, to be never far from green spaces and blue waters, where they can relax, recharge, where they can let their children and pets run around safely, and where they can take glamorous wedding pictures.

We may not be able to build Gardens by the Bay everywhere in Singapore, but we are beautifying every corner of Singapore – the places we live, work and play, and the community spaces that we all share. And especially so in the heartlands, and we have many projects which have already been realised - the naturalised river in Bishan- AMK Park – naturalised means it used to be a canal, and we have made it look like it was there since time immemorial, meandering with water plants, with waterfowl, with stepping stones, with little kids trying to catch longkang (Hokkien for canal) fish. We have the Punggol Waterway, you can call it the “Venice of Punggol”. We even have a Jurong Lake District – the lake is already there, the district is coming. I am happy that Singaporeans are co-creating our living spaces, and as we develop more of these places, we will involve Singaporeans more actively, and more intensively and earlier, to conceptualise them, to give us the ideas, what we can do with them, and to help us to tend them, love them and make sure that they continue to improve. So we have the rail corridor coming, which I told you about just now, we have destination parks which we are building – East Coast, Sembawang, and other parts of Singapore. What we can do to make it beautiful, we are doing. People need to take care of it, love it, respect it, and make sure it is maintained in a way that we can all be proud of – I think that is what we expect of Singaporeans. So I encourage Singaporeans to continue supporting these efforts. Take care of these surroundings, volunteer with NParks, educate the public, man the visitor centres, or restore areas which need management with native plants, or adopt a tree. By working together, we can make Singapore the best home for us all.

So I would like to thank all the officers for creating this beautiful new attraction. I hope many Singaporeans will come to visit and enjoy its beauty for many years to come. Today's guests come from all over Singapore, we have grassroots leaders, we have students, we have children from homes, we have people with disability. Go home, tell your friends about it, bring your family here again – it is open first thing tomorrow morning.

Thank you very much!

  • Single-largest community investment by ExxonMobil in Singapore
  • Multi-year funding will support state-of-the-art educational materials for park visitors
  • Initiative focuses on Singapore's biodiversity, water systems, and plant life

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte, Ltd is committing S$2 million to Gardens by the Bay, a world-class development designed to showcase Singapore's commitment to innovation and resource management. This sponsorship, ExxonMobil's single-largest community investment in Singapore, focuses on the development and installation of state-of-the-art educational resources around Dragonfly Lake in Gardens by the Bay.

These resources, which will include new technologies and programming, will help educate visitors about aquatic life and horticulture at Dragonfly Lake, which serves as a natural filter system for water for the gardens and the connecting reservoir.

"Understanding our natural environment is the critical first step toward protecting it. Our support for this project will help increase awareness of Singapore's biodiversity, water systems, and plant life," said ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Chairman and Managing Director Matthew Aguiar. "These high-tech interactive media and educational programs will go a long way to help visitors to Gardens by the Bay learn more about and appreciate the biodiversity and plant life in Singapore.

"This effort supports ExxonMobil's global commitment to education and sustainability. It adds another dimension to the company's community investments in Singapore," Mr. Aguiar added. "We have grown with the country, and we are continuing to grow with the community here."

Dr. Kiat W. Tan, chief executive officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, "There is much that nature can teach us beyond appealing to our various senses while we enjoy its beauty. Engagement of contemporary audiences requires innovative ways of adding layers of context and complementary information that help make the experience enriching and educational. Our partnership with ExxonMobil will allow us to do just this. By adopting various technologies, we can present rich content that helps everyone learn more about plants and horticulture.

"We are glad to have found an ideal partner in ExxonMobil which shares our interest in cultivating public interest in our natural heritage. We look forward to working with more like-minded organizations to make Gardens by the Bay the foremost garden destination for all to enjoy."

Gardens by the Bay, partnering the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited ("OCBC Bank"), today announced that OCBC Bank will be sponsoring two of the Gardens' permanent highlights when it opens to the public on 29 June 2012. The two features are the Supertree aerial walkway and a spectacular light and sound show at the Supertree Grove which will be named the "OCBC Skyway" and the "OCBC Light and Sound Show" respectively.

The OCBC Skyway is located at the Supertree Grove, part of the central outdoor area of Gardens by the Bay. Suspended at a height of 22 metres above ground between two Supertrees, the 128-metre-long aerial walkway offers a sprawling view of the Gardens against the bustling backdrop of Marina Bay.

Part of OCBC Bank's sponsorship also goes into the production of a light and sound show at the Supertree Grove, to be unveiled to dramatic effect as part of the opening programme for Gardens by the Bay. Visitors will be able to catch this free show which comes on nightly from 2 July 2012.

The two attractions are made possible with a generous donation of S$8 million from OCBC Bank, making the bank the largest corporate sponsor to date at Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens By The Bay Set To Bloom In June 2012

Gardens by the Bay today announced that the official launch of Bay South Garden will take place on the evening of 28 June 2012 and the garden will open to the public on 29 June 2012.

To celebrate the opening, a programme of exciting events spanning two weekends will be held from 29 June to 8 July 2012. Festivities include an array of activities held at different parts of the 54-hectare Bay South Garden including "live" concerts by Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and local songbird Corrinne May; family carnivals including a green fair to raise awareness of the environment; performances, storytelling and activities for kids; educational demonstrations and self-discovery trails; a photo competition; and an outdoor movie under the stars.

Highlights of Bay South Garden

When Bay South Garden opens on 29 June 2012, visitors will be able to experience its signature features such as the "Flower Dome" and "Cloud Forest" cooled conservatories; the Supertrees in the Golden Garden, Silver Garden and Supertree Grove; the Heritage Gardens; The World of Plants; and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.

In addition, they can look forward to changing floral displays in the Flower Dome, a specially choreographed light and sound show at the Supertree Grove, and a series of interpretive media and narratives that bring to life the story of plants. Completing the experience will be a host of lifestyle offerings including dining and retail.

Gardens by the Bay will provide a unique green space and horticulture-themed leisure destination in Marina Bay for all to enjoy. We are excited that in June we will finally be able to share with everyone this new garden, which has been some five years in the making, said Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO, Gardens by the Bay.

With less than three months to go before the official opening, we are pulling our efforts together to realise the aspiration of delivering a garden that families, friends and communities in Singapore can enjoy and cherish. As the plants establish and mature over time, we hope that visitors will continue to give their support and grow with the Gardens, Dr Tan added.

From 29 June 2012, Bay South Garden will be open to the public from 5.00am to 2.00am daily. Opening hours for the cooled conservatories and the aerial walkway in the Supertree Grove are from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily.

Entry to Bay South Garden will be free, with the exception of the cooled conservatories which showcase plants of high conservation value from two of the most endangered habitats in the world. Local residents (i.e. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and holders of Employment Pass, Work Permit or Dependent's Pass) will enjoy differential rates, with further concessions extended to senior citizens, children, schools, community groups and charitable organisations.

Additionally, in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival which runs from 7 to 15 July 2012 at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, there will be a joint promotion with discounts on admission tickets to the conservatories and Festival.