The Ginger Garden is one of the several unique gardens that form the Singapore Botanical Gardens. These gardens that lie next to the National Orchid Garden are known as the richest and most extraordinary gardens as they contain the most amount of different species under one premise. In fact, some of the plants found in the Botanic Garden are so rare that they are rarely found in more than one or two locations. The Ginger Garden is a one-hectare land that is filled with a variety of different species of ginger as well as the related families.
The Ginger Garden contains at least 550 different species or members of the Zingiberaceae or Ginger family. The park also includes attractions such a vast man-made waterfall that is extremely famous amongst photographers due to its sublime beauty and a pool filled with large Amazon water lilies that add to the beauty of the garden. The garden is divided into various zones according to the geographical region the multiple plants are found in.
Ginger Garden Zones
The Ginger Garden is divided into various zones each of which contains different species of ginger plants based on where they are found in the world. The garden was divided in such a way that each zone maintains its own distinctive personality that shines through as soon as you enter it.
1. What are gingers?
The first zone deals with exposing the visitors with all kinds of gingers. The idea of this zone was to explain to the people that the ginger family can be seen in many forms and not the only one we are all used to seeing in the markets. All sorts of ginger species from flowers to small plants and high roots are displayed here. The zone houses at least 1500 species of ginger and its related families.
2. Beautiful Gingers
As the name suggests, this zone deals with displaying the most beautiful ginger plants from around the world - ranging from having intricate leaves or colourful petals. The zone mostly contains plants of the horticulture nature and thus, several flowers are found here. Look out for the Heliconia's which can be spotted in this zone.
3. Pacific Zone
The pacific zone mainly contains all the islands and the ginger plants found on these islands. The most common ginger plants found in this zone are the Red Ginger or the Bamboo Ginger. The rare ginger to look out for when strolling through this zone is the flowers or Riedelia which have striking petals.
Asia contains the most diverse and large range of ginger plants. Due to this reason, the Asia zone is the largest zone and is divided into various sections located all around the gardens premise. Among the fascinating plants and the splash of colours, look out for the orange-red of the Spiral Ginger in bloom.
The Africa zone is limited to five families of ginger species that are native to this continent. Each of these five families is unique in their own sense and will not fail to make you acquire some knowledge about its species.
Ethnobotany is the study of the usefulness of plants in various cultures. The zone deals with studying in depth and making visitors understand exactly which kind of ginger is used in which way and its exact properties. The Ethnobotany zone also deals with the origins of the various species and the reason for their geographical location.
7. Tropical America
The Tropical America zone deals with six families of ginger in particular. These six families are exclusively found in this zone. These plants are known to have some of the most beautiful and delicate leaves from the entire ginger species.
8. Ginger Enclosure
The ginger shelter is a sort of enclosure for visitors to relax and sit under the shade that the shelter provides. The ginger shelter also contains a total of eight panels that give you all the information you would need about the species that are housed in the Ginger Garden and are proudly displayed for everyone to admire.
Other than these zones the Ginger Garden also contains the waterfall which is a very popular spot and known by everyone in Singapore due to its mesmerising beauty. The Banana Gallery whose main attraction is the mural by Michele Piccoli and the Native Gingers of Singapore are also housed in the Ginger Garden. The last zone of this garden is the Gingers of Indochina which is the least explored region but still contains some of the most distinct and extinct gingers in the world.
Ginger Garden Restaurant
The Halia Restaurant and the Villa Halia are located exactly in the middle of the Ginger Garden. Its surroundings inspire the restaurant's name as Halia in Malay means Ginger. The restaurant's menu is formed with a lot of precision and thought as most of the dishes inculcate the various species of ginger in their dishes in some way. The restaurant is the perfect place to rejuvenate surrounded by the beauty and aroma of nature.
How To Reach Ginger Garden
Major Entrances- Tanglin Gate (15-minute walk), Nassim Gate (10-minute walk), Cluny Park Gate (15-minute walk), and Bukit Timah Gate (20-minute walk)
By MRT Nearest MRT Station- Botanic Gardens MRT Station (entrance through Bukit Timah Gate)
By Bus Bus Nos. - 7, 48, 66, 105, 123, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 174, and 186
Safety Procedures & Tips
Smoking is not allowed on the premises.
No open fires or barbeques.
No plucking of plants.
No tampering or damaging park property.
No motored vehicles.
No cycling, skateboarding, skating or scooters allowed in the premises.
No fishing or feeding of birds.
No freeing of animals (pets).
The best time to visit the Ginger Garden is in June or August when most plants are blooming.
The mornings or early afternoons are especially preferred for visits to the Ginger Garden.