Yesterday we featured our visit to the Bromeliad Collection at the Singapore Botanic Gardens but prior to that we first visited the Ginger Garden which is another one of their dedicated areas and this one concentrates on plants from the order Zingiberales. It features plants from the genus Alpinia, Hedychium, Costus, Etlingera, Curcuma, Zingiber, Canna, Heliconia, Strelitzia, Musa, and perhaps many more, including other plants that are not gingers per se but associate well with them.
There weren't many that were in bloom when we visited, just a few to give a shot of colour here and there rather than a riot of it but what struck me the most is how this garden was presented; the pathways, the plants, hard landscaping, and seating areas. Forget the blooms, what I loved the most about this area is that it is a stunning jungle garden. After all, nearly all gingers make fabulous foliage plants. Mass them together, combined with towering palms, mature trees, and leafy epiphytes here and there; and gloss them all with a tropical rain shower and the scene is complete, and even perfect. Come and explore the ginger jungle garden with us....
|The pathway that leads to the Ginger Garden, with towering trees indicating the botanic gardens' maturity|
|The first of this areas several benches in strategic places. Just look at the planting behind and surrounding it, gorgeous!|
|This waterfall enhances and reinforces the atmosphere of a lush, tropical paradise|
|The winding pathways that invites you to explore|
|Did I say several benches?|
|Had if it wasn't wet we would have taken a seat here and took in the lush views for quite some time|
|The maturity of this garden is undeniable|
|Get yourself lost along the pathways|
|And another. Perhaps you can never have too many in this gorgeous location|
|A great way to use an old tree stump|
|Some pathways are narrow and you'll have to fight your way in amongst the towering and lush foliage|
|Not to forget it is a ginger garden after all, here's one of their many specimens from the genus Costus (Spiral Ginger)|
The atmosphere of this are is amazing and unforgettable. Lush, jungle, paradise - three words that keep popping in our minds whenever we think back about this place.