Orchard used to be a road lined with many nutmeg plantation as well as clove plantations in the past. However, today it is lined with trees that gives this boulevard a vibrant green characteristic and gives us a reminder of what Orchard used to be.
In order to make Orchard Road more attractive and a place where the urban and nature blend in seamlessly between national parks such as the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Fort Canning Park, the authorities are going to introduce different curated tree and shrubs that depict the nature of the tropics and make the whole place much more vibrant.
There will be a lot of new flora introduced into the city and Orchard where it will make the whole place more enjoyable to walk around, much more cooling and also the make the identity of Orchard Road stronger as Singapore’s city in a garden. This will create a big impact visually.
Close to Orchard is the Dhoby Ghaut MRT. Above it, there is actually open green spaces where people can rest and enjoy the serene environment in the heart of the city. With many large mature trees and plenty of shade to shelter the hot weather occasionally.
The authorities are planning to connect such open spaces to the ones in Istana Park and the Dhoby Ghaut Green park. This will help to connect and identify the whole Orchard road. Linking up the different green spaces and helping to open up different events and activities that can be organised in this area.
With Dhoby Ghaut being one of the most family-friendly places with lush greenery and landscaping, this will definitely boost the place as a homely abode for many new family and expats to come to Orchard to set up their family and their lives. Together with the rejuvenation of the Istana Park, the different botanical and horticultural aspects and traditions can be seen as a reminder of Singapore’s multicultural history.