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Our Singapore botanical gardens recently made it to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List! It is the first in Asia and the third botanic gardens inscribed in the world following Italy and UK. This 156-year old Singapore botanical gardens started out as a British colonial garden and has now become a modern and world-class garden. This is a scientific institution and place for recreation education and conservation.
This garden played an important role in fostering agricultural development in Singapore and the region. In particular, the Gardens’ success in the cultivation and promotion of Para Rubber led to the birth of the modern rubber industry that brought great prosperity to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
The garden conserves Singapore’s native orchids. Endangered species are re-introduced into areas such as nature reserves, parks and roadsides. Besides creating new hybrids, orchids of superior quality are selected for mass production through tissue culture (cloning). Orchid plantlets derived from tissue culture are identical to the parent plant. Cloned plants are used for display in the National Orchid Garden.
Hybrid orchids are created and named after important people. When Prince William and Kate visited in Sept 2012, we named orchids after them. Princess Diana also has an orchid. Orchids have been named after state dignitaries such as Prince William and his wife Kate, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, the late Nelson Mandela, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his wife Kwa Geok Choo. Celebrities are included too: Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan, popular Korean actor Bae Yong Joon, our local singer/song writer Stefanie Sun!
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