Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between people and plants, and how traditional knowledge of plants has shaped human culture, religious, and medicinal aspects, and much more.

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The Ethnobotany Garden explores this connection through a well-curated landscape, creating a tranquil environment to contemplate various plants and the accumulated knowledge of indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia.

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It contains 4 zones: Living Zone, Symbolism Zone, Medicinal Zone and Craft Zone, examining individual plants and their wide range of uses to people over the centuries.

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The Centre for Ethnobotany overlooks and complements the Garden, exploring the vast significance of plants to humanity. Through a range of physical artifacts and interactives, it considers various aspects in which such plants were used. It highlights the role of indigenous peoples in safeguarding important ethnobotanical knowledge, and discusses ways in which society can ensure its continuity and preservation for the future.

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The Centre also explores economic botany and the relationship between people and plants for economic purposes. Economic botany was particularly important in the history of the Singapore Botanic Gardens,-as it originally served as a testing ground for many of the plants to be grown for economic purposes across the region.

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How to Get to The Learning Forest Singapore

Address: 753 Tyersall Ave Singapore 257700
Bus: 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, 174, 564
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens MRT
Admission: FREE
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm daily* (*Closed every last Wednesday of the Month)
Website: www.sbg.org.sg

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