Heritage Gardens - Indian Garden

Dominated by bright peacock blue and pink, the Indian Garden is a reflection of devotion. The floral motif forming the base design here is inspired by the kolam, an Indian floral floor art made with ground rice powder and layers of flowers, lentils or unhusked rice.

Plants feature strongly in the daily lives of the Indians. Used widely in their everyday practices and rituals, they play a significant role in their culture as well as religion. 

Indian Garden - Gardens by the Bay

Banyan Tree

Symbolising eternal life, the banyan tree is sacred to the Hindus, and it is considered a sin to destroy it. Instantly recognisable by its massive trunk and long, low, branches that grow heavy as the tree develops, aerial roots produced from these boughs descend and take root in the ground to provide much-needed support.


The tamarind tree produces edible pulp in its pod-like fruits often used in traditional medicine to help relieve constipation due to its fibrous nature. The fruits can also be used to make savoury and sweet dishes, chutneys and refreshing juices!

Its leaves, with their anti-inflammatory properties, are said to be effective in the treatment of rheumatism and promotes wound healing!

Curry Leaf Tree

A must-have in any Indian kitchen, curry leaves are an aromatic ingredient in many dishes such as curries and dals. Beyond just a culinary herb, the leaves are also used for their medicinal properties in their suggested treatment of a variety of conditions. These include reducing heart disease risk factors, controlling blood sugar levels, and offering antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

Spot these plants on your next visit to the Indian Garden!

Written by: Guan Zhifang, Assistant Manager, (Festivals & Events, Programming)

Zhifang is an events planner by day. She believes that slowing down in this fast-paced world is anything but lazy, so let’s breathe and take the time to stop and smell the roses!

This article is part of our Guide to the Gardens - Heritage Gardens series.