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Eddie Cheng

Singapore Botanic Gardens (新加坡植物园) #01

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[the boring bit] When photographed during the golden hours, this is as close as one could get; the feeling of Autumn in the tiny RED DOT!

In this scene, the emphasis was on applying the "rule of thirds" and framing the bandstand with the rain trees on either side.

The Bandstand / Rain Trees

This grand old lady dates back to 1860 when she was first built. Sturdy as a rock, she was crafted to perfection with tropical hardwoods. Painted a pure white, she has withstood the test of time and most of all, culture.

The Bandstand was home to a host of performing bands from 1861, with military bands being the most frequently heard, and one of the Gardens most popular attractions. The Bandstand currently sits under the glow of yellow rain trees (Samanea saman) giving a rare autumnal feel in almost seasonless Singapore, while wedding couples photograph themselves amongst their beauty. Little does she know that she will be a talking point in each photograph, evoking fondest memories as she basks in the morning dew and glow of the sun.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and a keen naturalist, set up the first Botanic Garden on Government Hill at Fort Canning in 1822 mainly to introduce into cultivation economic crops such as nutmeg, clove and cocoa. This Garden was closed in 1829.

The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society, and was later handed over to the government for maintenance. From an ornamental garden with roads, terraces, a bandstand and even a small zoo, it has come a long way in evolving into a leading equatorial botanic garden of 63 hectares.

The 150-year old Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star visitor attraction for the sophisticated traveller as well as the local resident. This Gardens possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are sensitive developments providing visitors educational and recreational facilities. Another achievement was the pioneering of orchid hybridisation by Professor Eric Holttum. His techniques led to Singapore being one of the world’s top centres of commercial orchid growing.

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