Seeing Green in Singapore – A Guide to Eco-Living in the City State


These solar “supertrees” are part of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Editors Note:  The following is a guest post from Ruth Harrison-Roberts.

If you’re someone who prefers to live life in an eco-friendly way, you may be wondering how exactly you’ll manage it in Singapore. The city-state is, after all, a very built-up place, with a dense population, busy roads and high-rise buildings dominating the skyline.

However, it was in fact designed as a garden city! You would never consider grouping it in with Letchworth and Welwyn in the UK, but the premise remains the same: soften the urban sprawl by planting trees along the highways and byways and creating parklands. And, this is one of the first things that people tend to notice when they visit Singapore – just how green it looks.

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Solar trees set to open in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Solar SuperTrees at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

You may recall I did a series of stories earlier this year about Siingapore’s green transformation. One of these stories featured Singapore’s waterfront horticulturally-themed park Gardens by the Bay. The long awaited opening day is now just days away – set for June 29th. And one particular area the crowds is sure to seek out will be the Solar Super Trees in Bay South. Located mainly in a Supertree Grove, these 18 fantastical “tree” towers soar up to 164 feet (50 meters) in height and are embedded with photovoltaic cells to collect solar energy. They’re also entwined with a living skin of bromeliads, ferns and climbing flowers, all of which are illuminated at night. With these and the hundreds of thousands of  remarkably colorful plant species and cutting edge green features that abound throughout the park, visitors may well end up being gloriously and delightfully overwhelmed.  Gardens by the Bay, its domed conservatories, lakes and sustainable building technologies is sure to become one of Singapore’s national icons.

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore’s latest green Extravaganza

Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, photo by Craig Sheppard

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, photo by Craig Sheppard

The island nation of Singapore is passionate about green, and National Parks Singapore (nParks) has spearheaded the nation’s recent green transformation. As the government agency that conserves, creates, sustains, and enhances the Singapore’s green infrastructure, nParks has helped Singapore reach its status as the “Garden City of South East Asia.”

The creation of a green garden paradise has been underway since 2005.

To learn more about Gardens by the Bay and the innovative wonders it will feature, go to