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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore - Singapore - Singapore City

Institution Code: SING

International Agenda Registration: N
BGCI Member: Y

About the Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a living monument to the the founding fathers of Singapore. The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. In 1874, the Society handed over management and maintenance of the site to the then British government. The scientific mission of the Gardens evolved when the colonial government assumed management and deployed Kew-trained botanists and horticulturists to administer the Gardens.

By the mid 1960s, the Gardens was taking a leading role in the greening of Singapore. To meet the need for urban landscapes and recreational areas, the Gardens' staff became involved in supplying planting material and in plant introduction to increase the variety and colour in road side and park plantings. In 1973, the Botanic Gardens merged with the Parks and Trees branch of the Public Works Department, which became the Parks and Recreation Department.

In June 1990, Singapore Botanic Gardens came under the management of the newly formed National Parks Board. The Gardens embarked upon a comprehensive improvement programme to bring it to the forefront of botanical and horticultural activity by the 21st century. In July 1996, the Ministry of National Development merged the National Parks Board and the Parks and Recreation Department into a single authority to look after the greening and beautification of Singapore. The name of the authority, a statutory board remains as National Parks Board.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens has submitted its bid to become the country's first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jan 2014. UNESCO's decision on the nomination is expected to be announced as early as June 2015

Recent attractions that were launched in the Gardens in 2010-2012 are the Healing Garden,Bukit Timah Entrance, Trellis Garden, Fragrant Garden and Foliage Garden. The Healing Garden was launched in November 2010 along with the first free Smartphone Healing Garden Application.

Singapore Botanic Gardens played host to the successful inaugural International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region in March 2010. The Gardens had also hosted the 8th International Flora Malesiana Symposium in August 2010 which saw the highest participation from international taxonomists and botanists.

Future development in the Gardens are the Tyersall Learning Forest in an undeveloped land awarded to the Gardens in 2011, an extension of the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden and an ethnobotany garden.

Main Address:
Singapore Botanic Gardens
National Parks Board
1 Cluny Road
Singapore City
Singapore 259569 Singapore

Telephone: (65) 6471-7138
Fax: (65) 6473-7983
Primary Email: NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Nigel Paul Taylor, Director
    Curator's Name: Dr. Nura Abdul Karim, Assistant Director
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1859
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 74 Hectares
    Latitude: 1.3144
    Longitude: 103.8211
    Annual Rainfall: 2362 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Taman Bunga Singapura
  • Local Address: 1 Cluny Road
  • Locality: City: Singapore City
  • Locality: State: Singapore

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 700000
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: N
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 4000000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 37000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 8300
  • Special Collections:Tropical forest plants, ornamemtals & fruit trees. The major families in the collection are : Acanthaceae, Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Apocynaceae, Araceae, Bignoniaceae, Burseraceae, Combretaceae, Dipterocarpaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Malvaceae, Moraceae, Myrtaceae, Orchidaceae, Palmae, Zingiberaceae
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: N
    Invasive Species Policy: N

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Education: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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