A FUSION OF BOTANY AND CULTURE ON THE EQUATOR
Gardens by the Bay's new outdoor garden attraction, Serene Garden, is a unique horticultural garden inspired by the minimalist concept of Japanese zen gardens. A tranquil 2-hectare space located just a stone’s throw from The Meadow, visitors can get a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life as they enjoy an intimate encounter with nature.
Serene Garden, a calm and peaceful green space is just a short stroll away from the popular Supertree Grove. Taking 3 years to conceptualise and build, this outdoor themed garden offers scenic views of the city's beautiful skyline as its backdrop while bringing visitors closer to nature — truly a uniquely Singaporean experience.
Familiar sights at the Silver Garden, these monotypic (meaning it’s the only species in its genus!) argent-leafed beauties are endemic to Madagascar. Their prominent, fan-shaped leaves frame Serene Garden’s central water feature nicely.
The team was thrilled to discover the Podocarpus and Junipers, with their interesting forms that lend well to the art of bonsai and long-time association with traditional Japanese zen gardens, can thrive in Singapore’s tropical climate. Our Junipers have been carefully pruned by specialists to look like typical bonsai trees in Japanese zen gardens. That’s the difference that horticultural expertise makes to a garden!
Bamboos are planted along Serene Garden’s periphery. Chosen for more than just their elegant form, the bamboos also lend a screen effect to enhance the sense of serenity and demarcate the garden’s boundaries.
With visitor comfort in mind, several tropical trees were handpicked such as Lagerstroemias, weeping-form Angsanas, Cratoxylum cochinchinense and Tabebuia bahamensis to be planted in Serene Garden. These trees blend in well with the minimalist landscape and will provide much-needed shade as they establish.
To augment the feeling of calm, a central water feature lies at the heart of Serene Garden, while steps away is a mini waterfall, featuring blue Niyodo rocks.
Serene Garden features a collection of rocks in three different colours – blue, red and gray. The 160 red and blue rocks flanking Serene Garden’s two sides were handpicked by the team and brought in from Niyodo, Japan, while some of the gray rocks hail from the Bukit Timah granite quarry.