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July 29, 2008

Singapore Botanic Gardens: Evolution Garden

above image: Evolution Garden landscape

Singapore Botanic Gardens: Evolution Garden

Walking into the Evolution Garden of the Singapore Botanic Gardens feels like taking a step back in time. To be precise, I am not talking about returning to the past by a decade or two of history. The setting of this creative concept at the Evolution Garden is more ambitious. This Singapore Botanic Gardens mini garden-within-a-garden brings visitors like my family back into the past by about a million years.

Stepping into Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Evolution Garden is akin to taking a huge leap into unknown territory from the ubiquitous greenery commonly seen in other parts of Singapore Botanic Gardens. The overhead bridge, jagged rocks, stone paths, water ponds, unique plants and other landscape features invoke a mystical Zen-like sensation for visitors unaccustomed to these unusual designs.


Along Evolution garden’s winding footpaths, the evolution that takes place in the animal and plant kingdoms throughout history is illustrated. There are signs along the path of Evolution Garden to inform of the period in history as we walk into each different zones of the garden. Fossilized claw prints of birds can be noted along stone paths of this part of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. From a rather barren landscape, a green scene develops dramatically as we step further into Evolution Garden.


There are many atypical trees and plants displayed at the Evolution Garden. Most have long scientific names that are hard to pronounce and even harder to remember. We half expect a T. Rex dinosaur, dinosaur egg or dinosaur footprints to appear but are disappointed by their absence.

As we exit the dense foliage, we awake from this dream-like journey. We leave Evolution Garden still swamped with memory of the exhibits and stagger back into the present at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Administrative Details on Evolution Garden:
Singapore Botanic Gardens Opening hours: 5 am to 12 midnight daily
Evolution Garden opening hours: 7am to 7pm
Admission Fee: Free

1. Map of Evolution Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
2. Website of Singapore Botanic Gardens
3. Discover how to get to Evolution Garden by bus, by car, by coach or by taxi.

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3 comments:

Casdok said...

Wow looks amazing and sounds fasinating!!

Stardust said...

Oh, I didn't know the place. Bet you've enjoyed the fascinating exploration!

Seen This Scene That said...

Hi Casdok, do drop by this garden if you come by Singapore. Close-ups are even better than the photos.

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