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History & Development

How we Created a City in a Garden

Gardens by the Bay brings to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. The Gardens captures the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work – making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century.

In January 2006, an international master plan design competition was launched to seek world-class design ideas for Gardens by the Bay. It drew more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms, from over 24 countries, including 35 from Singapore.

An 11-member Jury comprising local and international experts shortlisted eight teams and two winners were announced in September 2006; namely Grant Associates for Bay South and Gustafson Porter for Bay East, both from the UK. A decision was made to develop Bay Central later.

A public exhibition of the master plan concepts and models of the winning teams was held in September 2006 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Over 10,000 people visited the exhibition and over 700 gave their feedback. An overwhelming majority 85% of those surveyed liked the features in the master plans and over 97% said they would visit the gardens.

Gardens by the Bay broke ground in November 2007, signalling the commencement of the Gardens’ development. Subsequently, development of Bay East Garden also commenced. It was developed as an interim garden to be used as a staging site for some of the rowing and canoeing events of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August 2010. Following the YOG, Bay East underwent reinstatement works and was open to the public in October 2011.

A special preview of Flower Dome was held in November 2011 in conjunction with the World Orchid Conference (WOC). Some 300,000 members of the public visited both WOC and Bay South Garden.

Corporate Information

Our world of gardens for all to own, enjoy and cherish.

We make our Gardens the leisure destination of choice for all.
We delight our guests with an enthralling experience, excellent service and enriching programmes.
We inspire pride of ownership in every Singaporean for our Gardens.
We aim to be a model for sustainable development and conservation.

Gardens by the Bay Scholarship

Gardens by the Bay is committed to support and nurture individuals who are keen in joining our family to realize and sustain our vision – as a people’s garden for all to own, enjoy and cherish.

We are offering Scholarships to candidates who are passionate about Horticulture, and possess a keen interest in pursuing a long-term career in this field. The Gardens will support our Scholars in embarking on their tertiary journey, with challenging and rewarding career paths and job rotations mapped out upon their return.

Scholars can expect a rewarding experience – where passion is inspired and expertise is nurtured.

Scholarship Information


  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
  • GCE ‘A’ Level, local Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent
  • Mid-term undergraduate or post-graduate students, or mid-career individuals with relevant industry experience are also welcome
  • Record of excellent academic results
  • Impressive co-curricular activities record
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Strong interest in a horticulture career
  • Not currently in receipt of any other scholarship

Terms of Award

Type of Scholarship Value of Award *Bond Duration Overseas

*Mid-term degree students’ bond duration will correspond to the total scholarship package awarded

Courses & Countries of Study

Scholars can expect to pursue their studies at local or recognised overseas universities. The following list shows the courses of study that our Scholars are encouraged study in, but not limited to:

  • Plant Sciences
  • Applied Sciences
  • Horticultural Science
  • Botany
  • Forestry
  • Biotechnology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Horticultural Science
  • Botany
  • Forestry

Support Network & Career Development Orientation Programme

Orientation Programme
Our Scholars will undergo an orientation programme to help them assimilate into our culture and get a headstart as a new member of the family.

Personal mentors will be assigned to our Scholars, to ensure that they are well-guided and given holistic advice on potential career paths and progression, as well as academic and personal matters. Scholars can also tap on their mentors’ wealth of knowledge and experience, and learn from the personal anecdotes of our veterans.

Buddy System
Our Scholars will be paired up with a buddy to help them integrate into the culture and feel at home, which are crucial components at the initial stage of embarking into working life.

Job Rotations
Our Scholars will be subject to job rotations in key departments, for greater and wider exposure of the Gardens’ operations, and for them to understand the intricacies of what it takes to run a horticulture-based attraction.

Career Monitoring
Scholars will have the chance to participate in strategic work committees, or take on secretarial positions in management meetings and projects. This will ensure greater exposure for our scholars at a macro-level for leadership grooming.

Application Process

  • To apply, please fill in the application form and upload your examination certificates, transcripts, testimonials and CCA records.
  • Return economy class airfare
  • Please refer to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/scholarships for more information. For any further enquiries, please send them to: scholarship@gardensbythebay.com.sg.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for the selection interviews.
  • Closing Date for Application: 2-3 weeks after the release of ‘A’ Level results