After wondering around the Flower Dome and feeling like a “lost” Alice in Wonderland, we got awe-inspired by the botanical wonders of the tropical highlands in the Cloud Forest, where a spectacular waterfall and mountain cloaked in vegetation awaited us!
Stepping out of the concrete jungle into a realm high in the mountains, we learnt about rare plants and their fast-disappearing environment.
Took in breathtaking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems that disappear into the clouds!
The Cool-Moist Conservatory
Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist; entirely different from the Flower Dome. A 35-meter tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-meters above sea level.
Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.
Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.
Not to be confused with “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”!
Take a walk up to the highest point of the mountain, which replicates the cloud forest vegetation at around 2,000m above sea level.
This is where you can also enjoy fantastic views of the Marina Bay waterfront. Look out for carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and the Venus Fly Trap, against a carpet of delicate ferns and moss.
Make your way down to the plateau below via the Cloud Walk, which takes you outside the mountain for a close-up view of the of epiphytes plant species that clad the side of the mountain.
Learn about the location, characteristics, unique species and specific life forms of cloud forests around the world at: The Cavern.
You’ll be amazed at the various adaptations of epiphytes – plants that rely on the support of other plants and do not live on soil.
As you enjoy the cooling path behind the waterfall, do take a moment to consider the importance of earth’s sources of fresh water.
Learn how cloud forests capture water droplets from mist and fog by means of their epiphyte-laden branches.
Caves are a common occurrence inside mountains.
Step into the Crystal Mountain Cave where you will be surrounded by the many interesting shapes of real stalactites and stalagmites.
Learn about geology, how the continents formed, the age of earth, and the importance of fossils in understanding our planet’s past.
Tree Top Walk
As you approach the bottom of the mountain, the Tree Top Walk will take you close to the forest canopy for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the treetops.
After your walk around the mountain, do drop in on this special lab where you will find facts, figures and amazing statistics for a unique view of the state of the earth today and the problems we are likely to face due to climate change and habitat loss.
Inside this area, you will virtually experience the effect of temperature increase around the planet.
This interactive voyage through time and space allows you to see the world from a different perspective, unlocking a new dimension of visual experience.
ends in the Cloud Forest at the foot of the mountain.
Go on a stroll through a gorge that will take you close to plants that belong to families that were once growing in abundance on earth, yet are increasingly rare today.
You’ll see plants such as the Wollemi Pine from Australia, whose closest relatives may be the South American Araucaria such as the Monkey Puzzle Tree from Chile.
Alongside these plants, Gingers and Heliconias surround you with amazing shades of colors, while Gunnera extends its wide umbrella leaves over the pathway.
Look down and you’ll see ferns, begonias, peperomias, pileas, fittonia and other moisture-loving plants covering the ground with their fascinating foliage.
This is a pretty neat “secret” area and it sure did surprise us pleasantly.
Things To Look Out For
Refresh yourself in the mist of the waterfall just as the plants in the Cloud Forest do!
High in tropical mountains, these plants would absorb the abundant rainfall, releasing the water gradually to create a constant, long-lasting supply for the land beneath them – supporting even more plants!
The mountain here mountain has been densely planted with a mixture of fascinating orchids, delicate ferns, colorful bromeliads, dazzling begonias and menacing carnivorous pitcher plants.
All of these are epiphytic and live on top of other plants in nature, requiring little substrate and are perfectly adapted for growing on vertical walls!
Stop by the Black Box and learn about self-sustainability at Gardens by the Bay.
Discover the numerous ecological functions of these Supertrees like capturing solar energy and serving as exhausts all while supporting a green living skin.
Find out how Singapore’s parks and gardens provide discarded plant matter as fuel for a biomass furnace that provides energy to cool the air in both conservatories!
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