Saturday, 8 June 2019

Supertree Grove

This holiday was surely more about friends and less about sightseeing, but it's no secret that my favourite thing to do while traveling is - combining both! On Sunday afternoon I managed to convince everyone to come along to go see the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.

We came to the Gardens by the Bay once before while visiting Matt & Misuzu, back in 2013. Then we visited the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, but we didn't walk the OCBC Skyway, so that's where we were heading now!

This 128 meter long walkway is 22 meters up in the air, suspended between two of the Supertrees. I might look calm and collected in these photos, but actually I didn't like it at all... I rushed along this walkway in a cold sweat, taking as many photos as I could while shaking...

The trees are full of vertical gardening, they are clad with ferns, orchids, bromeliads, tropical climbers and other flowers. About 158,000 plants in different colour schemes have been used. Really, really pretty.

The Supertrees add scale and dimension to the beautiful landscape around the gardens, they were designed to mirror the form and function of mature trees. There are 18 trees in total and 11 of them have solar panels on top of their crowns to absorb sunlight just like a real tree. They measure between 25 and 50 meters tall.

In the evening the Supertrees comes to life with spectacular lighting and a sound-and-light show. Some of the energy used for this comes from the solar energy that the trees capture. Unfortunately we were all so hungry that we didn't have time to stick around and see the light show. Next time!

This park really is like a perfect storm of nature and technology. Such a fantastically beautiful experience to wander around here.

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