Dynamic
drylands

 

Lose yourself amidst the Sun Pavilion’s amazing desert-like landscapes. Encounter an amazing collection of desert plants in this outdoor themed garden, including the larger-than-life Mexican Giant Cardon and the adorable Turk’s Cap, named after the curious “cap” that it sports!

Opening Hours

Daily: 5.00am – 2.00am

Admission Rates

Free admission

Nearest Carpark

Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Explore

the Garden

What’s so hot about the Sun Pavilion? Here are some shiny findings that will prick up your head. With over 1,000 desert plants comprising some 100 different species and varieties, the Sun Pavilion is nothing short of extraordinary.

Most of the cacti originate from

The Americas

Most of the Euphorbias come from

Africa and Madagascar 

The fittest cacti can live up to

300 years

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Mexican Columnar Cacti

These spectacular plants are capable of surviving for months without rain! Their secret? The ribs that run down their thick trunks allow them to expand and contract according to how much water they need.

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African Euphorbias

These large succulents may look like cacti but are actually members of the rubber tree family. These plants produce a special toxic latex to protect their moisture-rich tissues from hungry and thristy predators

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Turk's Cap

The Brazilian Turk's Cap simply fascinates! Mature plants develop wool and bristle-covered spheres at the top, resembling a traditional Turkish fez—that's how these plants got their endearing name!

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Brain Cactus

With curvy stems that wrap and twist around each other, it’s obvious how the Brain Cactus got its name. The specimens displayed at the Sun Pavilion are special horticultural cultivars (Mammilllaria elongata 'Monstruosa') selected from plants that grow sideways instead of upwards, giving rise to its unusual appearance!


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