Monday, February 11, 2013

Supertree Grove at Night - Singapore

It's snowing again at home but we've managed to escape it this time as we are currently enjoying the warmth and tropical lushness of Singapore. This evening we've just been to watch the light and sound show of the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay - the newest and grandest botanical attraction of this metropolitan and very green nation.



Seeing the Supertrees in person has been amazing, such unique and statuesque structures that are fast becoming iconic symbols of Singapore. Not only are they attractions in their own right, they also serve a purpose in collecting solar energy as well as rain water to be used in maintaining this newly developed area. The trees also serve as vertical gardens too, covered with various ferns, orchids, bromeliads, and other epiphytes.




It was great to see the trees in daylight, but seeing them at night was a unique experience. And the light and sound show was a fab bonus! 



The outdoor area where the trees are located are open to the public till midnight, well worth a wander around in the evening to soak in the atmosphere of the brought about by the tropical planting and illuminated trees. 


Panorama Shot
One of the Supertrees with Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background
The supertrees in daylight and more botanical sights and wonders of Singapore to follow soon!

Mark :-)

38 comments :

  1. Mega wonderful. Didn't know about them. Bowled over!

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    1. It's a very new attraction here Esther, only opened last year. So far so good :)

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  2. Stunning! Amazing experience just looking through the photos, look forward to seeing more from your trip.

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    1. Thanks Shirley, got loads of photos to sort out :)

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  3. I haven't been in S'pore for many years, and this is another incentive to visit again. Happy New Year!

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  4. Those are fantastic. Has to be a site to behold in person. Night time has to be the best.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. Amazing...didnt see them years ago :). Enjoy the food at the night markets for me....mmmmm chile crab!

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    1. It is very new motormouth, worth checking out next time you are round this way. The food here is gorgeous, love the hawker centres and food court experience!

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  6. The shots of Singapore in 'Skyfall' made me want to go there...now this! I posted about these 'trees' when they were still on the drawing board, and people didn't seem to like them. I defy anyone to resist their charms after seeing this post.

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    1. Hi ricki, the supertrees looks so majestic in real life and with a bit more promotion from them could easily become iconic symbols of Singapore very soon. A must see attraction, not to miss even if one is only in Singapore for a day :)

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  7. How fabulous ! I tried to find the year they were constructed and who designed them...I think they have been copied in a scaled down version at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. or Vice versa ?

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    1. They are fab indeed ks, and thanks for the info! I checked it out and yes they look so similar. I'm intrigued now which came first and how related they are. Must do some more reading and research...

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  8. Pretty darn fabulous! I hope you guys are having (or had) a wonderful time! Can't wait to see more from your trip...

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    1. We're having a fab time Loree, and the country is a wifi haven as well which is a fab bonus :) just relaxing at the moment, reading and replying to blogs, will go out again in a few minutes...

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  9. Wow! What a sight. You must be in tropical heaven! Enjoy your visit, can't wait to see more. Jeannine

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    1. Thanks Jeannine! Tropical heaven it is indeed :)

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  10. Looking forward to some pictures of the amazing orchids they grow there! Have a great time guys.

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    1. Thanks Richard! Orchids pics will be posted soon :)

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  11. Oh lucky you - warmth in February. Enjoy your break. The Supertree Grove looks absolutely amazing - almost unreal. My brother lives in Singapore so that's my hotel sorted :)

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    1. Thanks Anna! Singapore is waiting for you :)

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  12. Wow. Just, wow. Fabulous, in the true sense of the word. Thos photos made me grin with delight, so I can only imagine what it was like to actually be there, in person. What a wonderful way to do "green", and on such a scale.

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    1. A big green scale indeed Janet, they done a fab job! :)

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  13. Yay, you made it there!!! Looking forward to your take on it all... :)

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    1. Indeed College Gardener! Thanks for whetting our appetite before our trip :)

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  14. Love the supertrees and the fact that they are living, and growing, look amazing and the collation of rainwater and solar energy makes they self sustaining

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    1. Hi fen, the concept behind them is fab and the fact that they serve a good purpose too :)

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  15. Very impressive! Interesting to me that precisely the same shaped structures (only much smaller and of rebar only) are at the Getty in LA, in the form of a group of trellis for Bougainvilleas. Wonder if any idea cross-pollination occurred.

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    1. Its possible, I'm not sure who designed them though.

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  16. Spectacular light show!

    Off-topic: for those of you who would love to grow humidity-loving tropicals in the dry indoor air of your home, have you considered keeping them inside a clear polythene growtent to provide a humid microclimate? I have one of these clear plastic growtents (http://www.screwfix.com/p/apollo-walk-in-greenhouse-1-4-x-0-7-x-1-9m/20252) in my living room, next to a West-facing window that gets many hours of direct sun during the summer. I am growing pineapple, arabica coffee, lychee, starfruit (carambola), purple-fleshed dragonfruit cacti, soursop, Hass avocado,lemon, kaffir lime, nagami kumquat, turmeric and mangosteen with great success! They survive the British winters unscathed; supplementary light from a 4-tube 216W T5 HO fluroescent, in addition to the natural light they get from the West-facing window, provides them with ample light. Although I do not necessarily expect them to bear fruit in the UK, they make interesting foliage houseplants. They love the humid micro climate (70-85% rel humidity) inside the growtent; on a bright summers day the interior can be likened to the hot and humid Palm House at Kew Gardens, with temps exceeding 30 Celcius and rel. humidity exceeding 85%. During our current heatwave conditions here in the UK, daytime temps inside the growtent reached a sizzling 45 degrees Celcius, but none of my plants have shown any signs of sunscorch or heat stress. Obviously, some are tropical fruit trees, so I root prune them to keep them healthy in their large containers/pots- think bonsai, but not taken to extremes.

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  17. I'm so behind with my blog reading. I just saw this now. Did you guys pass by the P.I. or just visit Singapore? Next time you are in the region please let me know so we can meet up. My wife and I could have met up with you for lunch or dinner in Indochine in the Super Trees or MBS. :-D

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  18. This installation totally blows my mind, you guys. Know what you mean about becoming an icon for the city, or even the country. I grew up in Sydney and lived in St. Louis for four years, so I know the value of a city icon. Your ferris wheel has become to mean London more than Big Ben. Your thoughts?

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  19. I prefer the Rebar bougainvillea trees that Robert Irwin created for the Getty Museum.
    Created more than a decade before the 'super trees'.
    Singapore is fast becoming a large theme park.

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