Singapore has long had a love for its botanical spaces, no doubt a result of the high population density. Having lost 95% of its historical forest areas, over half of the naturally occurring flora and fauna now reside in nature reserves. In 1967 the Singapore government introduced measures to make the country a garden city and since then almost a tenth of Singapores area has been set aside for parks and gardens.
The Singapore Mint has long lauded its botanical heritage with a succession of coins celebrating the orchids for which this tiny state is well known, it being the national flora. Orchids are again a part of this design, even though the focus is on the botanical garden itself.