After our Japan trip, we stayed in Singapore for three days. On the first day, we made our way to Gardens by the Bay to visit the Flower Dome. During our last visit to Gardens by the Bay a few years ago, we only visited the Cloud Forest as the Flower Dome was under maintenance at that time.
Gardens by the Bay, spanning over 250 acres, gives a new meaning to the whole garden strolling experience. The gardens are located near to the Marina Reservoir and feature three large garden spaces in what many people consider to be a virtual garden city. Gardens by the Bay is the number one rated attraction in Singapore according to TripAdvisor users. That’s a significant feat considering all the world class attractions in Singapore.
The Bay South Garden segment, opened midway through 2012, is the most impressive, with two bio-controlled conservatories, dubbed Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome, where plant life from different corners of the earth thrives.
The huge tree-like structures, known as the supertrees, are another fascinating part of the gardens and provide an environment for vast collection of exotic and rare ferns, orchids and vines. At night the supertrees light up, making them an awesome sight to behold.
The gardens surrounding the two conservatories and the supertrees are lovely too. I was able to photograph some beautiful flowers and a few birds in these gardens.
The Flower Dome is covered with 3332 glass panels of 42 different sizes and shapes. It is the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records with an indoor temperature of 23 to 25 degrees Celcius.
We were greeted by the auspicious, gilded hues of yellow, orange and red Dahlias (大丽花) and Begonias (秋海花) as we stepped into the Flower Dome. As it was still Chinese New Year when we visited the Flower Dome, there were a lot of Chinese New Year decorations. And the Flower Dome was celebrating Spring with the first floral display of 2017 – Dahlia Dreams!Adding to the festive ambiance were the Chinese garden inspired landscape, complete with a three-tier pagoda, a pavilion, moon gates, and even intricate sculptures of adorable chickens to welcome the Year of the Rooster.
We spent more than 4 hours in the Flower Dome, awed by the sights of beautiful flowers and plants and the impressive landscaping. The three of us (my wife, my son Leslie and myself) took at least a thousand photos! We did not feel tired as we were like in a world of perpetual spring. The photos below show the beauty of the flowers and plants inside the Flower Dome.
Apart from the brilliantly coloured blooms, we saw some interesting but slightly unsettling sculptures.
We enjoyed our trip to Flower Dome as we found it so enchanting. It is little wonder that the Gardens by the Bay has been rated the number one attraction in Singapore by TripAdvisor users.