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Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Masquerading as a bloom at Gardens by the Bay – Flower Dome
Dress – Vintage

This fairytale wannabe-princess has found her new playground at the Flower Dome at Gardens by The Bay – it’s so cool (literally)! The Flower Dome is a world of perpetual bloom in all colours of the rainbow. The 16,000m2 egg-shaped glass conservatory is maintained at a temperature of between 17-25°C to replicate the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions such as South Africa and parts of Europe and showcases flora and fauna which usually will not survive in Singapore’s climate. It also means the Flower Dome is one of the best places to escape the sunny island’s sweltering heat, and probably the ONLY place in Singapore where I can put on my fur coat and fantasize being in Europe during autumn…or Alice in Wonderland. All I need now is to smuggle some nightingales, deers and butterflies into the Flower Dome….hiak hiak :p

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Learn about the lifecycle and pollination of the baobab and banksia trees or how the little things we do affect nature at these interactive walls. For me, it has another purpose….Gorgeous backdrop! LOL

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The 1.2hectre (or 2.2 football fields) Flower Dome houses a great collection of flora and fauna from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions, showcasing how plants adapt in different environments.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Succulent Garden
Succulents are water-storing desert plants belonging to families such as Cacti, Aloes and Crassulas. Look closer and you’ll find that many of these species have sharp spines to protect themselves against animals which may eat their soft tissues.
You can venture into the desert without experiencing the heat at the Flower Dome. This part of the Flower Dome is landscaped to resemble the marine world, with ferns fashioned to look like seaweed and cacti like the coral reef – a great irony to the arid weather they are usually found in.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Hello! Welcome to the Flower Dome! :) Somehow, this reminds me of Donkey in Shrek haha

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Fun Fact: the tip of this cactus is so “furry”” because it protects the birds and bees which come to pollinate from getting pricked by the sharp spikes – talk about nature’s ingenuity!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

First time I have seen a cactus with so many flowers!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

While these agaves may not look familiar to you, what it is used to make will be – TEQUILA!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

I lost no time in getting acquainted with them…

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The Baobabs
More commonly known as the Bottle Tree, the African Baobab weighs more than 32 tons and is the largest tree in the Flower Dome. This gigantic tree has many uses for its roots, hollow trunks, bark, wood, leaves, flowers and furit, from building materials to food and medicine. Flowering at night, this species is pollinated by fruit bats, while terrestial mammals like baboons and elephants disperse its fruits by passing the seeds through the digestive tract before germination.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The Baobabs – the largest tree in the Flower Dome

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Animals playing in the grassland. The eagle is carved from the roots of the lychee tree.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The Baobabs at night

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Australian Garden
The Australian Garden is a fascinating showcase of plants that have adapted to survive long dry seasons and fires in Western and South Australia. The bark of these plants are also fire-resistant.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Kangaroo’s Paw (Anigozanthos spp.)
Take a close look at this plant and try to see the resemblance of the flower buds to a kangaroo’s paw. This unique feature makes it a popular houseplant, resulting in the removal of Kangaroo’s Paw from its natural habitat. Normally found in Southern West Australia, this plant has a root sap that helps it survive extreme dry spells.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

A pretty bloom

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

South African Garden
This is one of my favourite gardens. South Africa is home to an amazing number of exclusive or endemic species of plants, and here you will find ‘Fynbos’ plants, which is ‘fine, delicate brush’ in African. These species have needle-like leaves that form thickets of fire-prone, hard-leaf shrubs that grow in sandy, low-nutrient soil. Many of the plants found in this vegetation have small, dark leaves covered in a waxy outer layer that helps them to retain moisture.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
With a striking resemblance to a bird with a turf of orange and blue feathers on its head, the Bird of Paradise has no trunk and forms a clump of leaves up to 2 metres high. There is a yellow-flowered version of this species known as ‘Mandela’s Gold Strelitzia’, which was grown as a homage to the great South African leader.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

This reminds me of the Dum-Dum Easter Island statue in Night at the Museum haha

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Blushing Bride – what a cute name!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

South American Garden
This stunning garden will mesmerise you with exotic plants from Central Chile, on the west coast of South America and isolated from the rest of the continent by the Andes. Wonder through the Chilean Garden to find some interesting spiny plants such as the Monkey Puzzle Tree (on the extreme right of the photo) and the Puya from the dry rock outcrops in central Chile, or the stunning formation of the Chilean Wine Palm.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Californian Garden
Comprising mostly shrubs and a few trees, surrounded by herbaceous perennial and annual flowers, these plants in the highest garden in the Flower Dome are affected by natural fires that occur from time to time. Some of the plants also display aromatic, downy foliage to discourage herbivores from browsing on them.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Mediterranean Garden (Canary Island Palm)
The Mediterranean Basin is one of the first places in the world to practise agriculture, with crops such as olives, figs, grapes, wheat and lentils. Its coastal location and climate makes it attractive for farming, recreation and urban development, which also threatens the natural habitats.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Mediterranean Garden seen from atop, with Marina Bay Sands and the SuperTrees visible through the glass surface

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

During the official opening of Gardens by the Bay, food stations were set up along the pathway for the guests. Good reference for those who are interested in hosting an event in the Flower Dome. We hear they are fully booked till end of 2012 though. Maybe I should start booking for my wedding…in 3012 haha

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Olive Grove (Olea europaea)
Marvel at the 1,000 year old olive trees in the Olive Grove. The trees travelled in style from Spain via refrigerated container to Singapore. Cultivated for over 10 thousand years in the Mediterranean, olive trees are a highly versatile and valuable crop, providing fruit, oil and leaves that are used for food, medicine, cosmetics and fuel.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The Flower Dome houses fine-dining restaurant Pollen fronted by one of London’s top Michelin Star chefs Jason Atherton. Serving mainly Mediterranean-inspired modern European cuisine, it’s definitely a great dining experience; for you get the feeling you are dining in your friend’s gardens along the cool Mediterranean sea, and temporarily forget that you are in Singapore. Psssst – Table 8 is the best table in the house with the best view of the perpetual floral garden.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The conservatory is made up of more than 3,332 individual panels of 42 varying shapes that offers a clear view of the Marina Bay skyline. It’s also designed with environmental sustainability in mind, applying cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. A glass panel is left open to let hot air escape, and let the occasional bird which accidentally flew into the Dome to get out.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Visitors to the Flower Field can look forward to changing floral displays according to seasons and holidays such as Chinese New Year and Christmas.
TOP: Flower Field during pre-opening in October 2011
MIDDLE: Flower Field decorated with thousands of orchid blooms during November 2011’s sneak preview in conjunction with the World Orchid Congress
BOTTOM: The Field transforms into a sea of red and pink blooms during the official opening in June 2012.

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Flower Dome by night

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Be mesmerized with the array of radiant floral blooms

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

The giant hibiscus is as big as my hand!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Beautiful blooms

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

My latest floral hairdo!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

LEFT: Talk about eco-birthday candles!
RIGHT: Finally, a plant that can make me laugh. Heh.

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LEFT: Am I suppoused to kiss this plant for it to transform into a Little Prince?
RIGHT: Wow, I didn’t know the Devil can blush

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So lovely!

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Gardens by the Bay – Flower Dome

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

At a loss for words with so many gorgeous blooms

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

I found 2 cute flower fairies playing in the gardens during the official opening (don’t worry, she’s only drinking fruit punch haha)

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Foxglove

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

A rose by any other name would be just as gorgeous

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Spotted a camellia that has dropped off its plant, and promptly used as a hair accessory – so Chanel-esque! Camellia flowers are also good to make tea with, or pressed into oil as a great haircare product.

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There is an indoor event space for 1,000pax within the Flower Dome.

Opera at Flower Dome

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

Flower Dome from the OCBC Skyway. It does LOOK like a dinosaur’s back, doesn’t it?

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Exterior of the Flower Dome – what marvellous architecture

About Gardens by the Bay
At 54 hectares, Bay South Garden is the largest of the three gardens which form Gardens by the Bay. When completed, the Gardens by the Bay will occupy a total of 101 hectares of land by the water around Marina Bay and the 32 hectare Bay East Garden will be linked to the Bay South Garden by Bay Central which will feature a 3 km promenade that offers stunning views of the city. It is masterplanned by UK-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates. It is viewed as a bold step in enhancing the liveability/quality of life in the city as well as Singapore’s international appeal. To me, nature and greenery is always welcome to induce a sense of tranquility to the crazy corporate world most of us face daily, and the Gardens definitely softens the ‘hard’ concrete landscape that has been building up at Marina Bay. Best of all – 80% of the Gardens are free admission – so yay! to another place  where I can spend a lazy evening with my friends for free under the stars.

Bay South Gardens consists of several signature parts such as the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories, Supertrees vertical gardens, OCBC SkywalkHeritage GardensThe World of Plants and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.


Read More about Gardens by the Bay
In Full Bloom: Cloud Forest @ Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay: SUPERduperTREES


Address

18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Getting There – Train/Car

Garden Admission
Access to the outdoor gardens in Bay South is free. The admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories and the OCBC Skyway are found here.

• Outdoor Gardens
Rates: Free Admission
Hours: Daily; 05:00 AM – 02:00 AM

• Conservatories (Flower Dome & Cloud Forest)
Rates: From $8 – $28
Hours: Daily; 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Last ticket sale at 08:00 PM; Last admission at 08:30 PM

• OCBC Skyway
Rates: From $3 – $5
Hours: Monday – Friday; 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Last ticket sale at 08:00 PM; Last admission at 08:30 PM
Weekends & PH
09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Last ticket sale at 07:00 PM; Last admission at 07:30 PM

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Author: spunktitud3

A little post by a fun-loving spunky gal in love with the quirky, the artsy and anything which inspires new creations. Read about her adventures on: spunktitud3.wordpress.com

9 thoughts on “Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay

  1. u should become a permanent exhibit there…

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  5. Really nice write up. Appreciate your hard work.

  6. Thanks for such a wonderful post. I am going for an outing with a big group. Will be using this as a guide for us, if it is ok with you .

    • Most definitely! Have fun Esther :) Go early in the morning when the plants are fresh, or later in the afternoon about 5-plus. Then you can also catch the Garden Rhapsody at 7.45 and 8.45pm at the Supertree Grove daily. ;)

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