Mandai Orchid Garden

Mandai Orchid Garden, setup by British lawyer John Laycock in the 1950s, was once Singapore’s oldest and largest commercial orchid garden. The original garden consist of a spacious showroom concept at the frontal portion to showcase the various hybrids with intensive production being carried out further upslope.

Since its inception, Mandai Orchid Garden has always been a specialist in the hybridization of Vandaceous orchids and thus many large, colourful and homegrown Vanda hybrids can be found here. A good number of  the hybrids they grow are also named after influential historical characters such as David Marshall, Chief Minister of Singapore (1955) and Tan Hoon Siang, descendant of Tan Tock Seng and founder of his hospital.

Coming this new year 2011, the garden will be shutdown for the expansion of the zoo, thus putting to an end to its 60 years operation. In an effort to preserve hybrids produced by this heritage garden, TG bought over a good number of the Garden’s hybrids with plans for further development of selective hybrids.

Attached below are some hybrids from Mandai Orchid Garden.


Seems that there’s been some misconception and we’ve been getting several calls and emails calling us Mandai Orchid Garden. Note that Toh Garden did not take over Mandai Orchid Garden. We’ve purchase part of their orchids prior to its closure to preserve these heritage orchids. These heritage orchids are limited quantity and not available in large quantity unless its produced to order. If you are a hobbyist or collector, you can still drop by our farm to purchase the plants.

*This entry was backdated.
**Photos courtesy of Hedrick Kwan, ex-Curator of Mandai Orchid Garden.

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13 Responses to “Mandai Orchid Garden”

  1. Hi, I’m a lecturer with the School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technologies of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. I am currently teaching the second year students Plant Breeding and Genetics. I’m wondering if Toh Garden or Mandai Orchids conducts guided tours? I am keen to bring my students for a field trip to look at some of the hybridised orchids that these nurseries have successfuly bred. Looking forward to your reply. Thank you. Nashita Mustafa

  2. Hello Nashita Mustafa, Thank you for your inquiry. We are Toh Garden. Yes we do offer short guided tours. Kindly write in to us at so that we can further discuss and better understand what you need for your field trip. Thank you. silverelf

  3. Hi i would like to bring my Primary school science student for your guided tour n probably if u can conduct lab works on genetics science will b great. And may be we might able to collaborate for ongoing tours. Kelvin

  4. Hello Kelvin, Thank you for your inquiry. Yes we do offer short guided tours. Kindly write in to us at so that we can further discuss and better understand what you need for your guided tour. Yes we can further discuss and collaborate for ongoing tours. Thank you. silverelf

  5. hi: I live in Taiwan,can you presentation suitable for cut flowers plant?

  6. Hi Huang, Please contact us via for cut flower quotation. silverelf

  7. Hi, I’d like to enquire whether you allow pre wedding photoshoot inside the garden?

  8. Hi Sarina, We are a commercial orchid farm. You may wish to consider having your pre-wedding photoshoot at the National Orchid Garden instead? silverelf

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  10. Hi Would like to enquire if u provide wedding cum solemnization package? If yes, could u email us the packages n if its available on 1.3.14. Thks Lingling

  11. Dear Lingling, We do not provide wedding cum solemnization package. We are a commercial orchid farm. For rental of wedding venues related to orchids, you may wish to try Burkill Hall within the National Orchid Garden @ the Singapore Botanic Garden. =) More information can be found here: silverelf

  12. I am from Malaysia .Am I able to buy entrance ticket through net? pls. do advise me asap.

  13. Dear Manugaran, We do not collect entrance ticket here at our farm. You can visit us directly. silverelf

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