This year, Gardens by the Bay embarks on a story-telling journey with SIX Chapters of colourful floral displays in the Flower Dome. Step into the magical world of folklores, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes - as told through the language of plants.
And first up, the Asian Tales Floral Display to usher in the Year of the Goat!
Yes, you know it's dong dong qiang time when one witnesses an explosion of colours at every turn in the Flower Dome... complete with auspicious Chinese New Year decorations, of course.
But the real centerpiece, or rather centerpieces, of the Floral Display has got to be the wooden goat sculptures. Which is perfect as the coming Chinese New Year will be known as 'Year of the Wooden Goat'.
Perched high above on wooden poles, the life-sized wooden sculptures are made from thousands of pieces of driftwood. Truly majestic-looking, so said the boys. Okay, they mouthed "COOL!" so it's more or less the same thing.
For Ale though, what perhaps stole her heart were these adorable goats made from brightly-coloured flowers.
If you are heading to the Flower Dome, be sure to pick up your free copy of the self-guided Asian Tales Garden Trail from the ticketing counter as well. Take in the picturesque landscape of sculpted mountains as you set your sights on the colourful display of a range of flower varieties like the Dahlias.
Signifying good luck and prosperity, the Dahlia is a symbol of inner strength, creativity and standing strong in your sacred values. Also the national flower of Mexico, it comes in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes and are commonly used to symbolize various ideas such as everlasting union between two people.
Another festive flower that one should not miss is the Boat Orchid, with its name being derived from the hollowness in the lip of the orchid. The plant symbolises nobility, grace, love, beauty and refinement. It is also prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers.
Oh and don't forget to pop by the Craft Booths within the Flower Dome too! Create something fun and memorable with your children to take home this Spring at the Craft Booth at the Flower Dome (Mediterranean Garden).
And just specially for this weekend (24 & 25 Jan 2015), catch an array of puppet performances within the Flower Dome (South American Garden) and be amazed by the myriad of stories retold with puppets. Check HERE for show timings.
So this Chinese New Year, welcome an auspicious start to the Year of the Goat set in the company of colourful blooms such as cherry blossoms, kumquat plants and chrysanthemums!
Asian Tales - Year of the Goat Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Date: 16 Jan - 8 Mar 2015
Time: 9am - 9pm daily
Charges: Entry fees into the Cooled Conservatories apply. For admission charges, click HERE.
Craft Booths @ Flower Dome
17 - 25 Jan 2015
Weekdays 11am - 6pm | Weekends 10am - 6pm
Puppetry Workshops & Performances @ Flower Dome
24 Jan 2015 | 1pm - 1.30pm, 3pm - 3.30pm, 5pm - 5.30pm
25 Jan 2015 | 11am - 11.30am, 1pm - 1.30pm, 3pm - 3.30pm
Chinese New Year Promotion
Visit Asian Tales floral display during the weekends of 31 Jan/1 Feb and 7/8 Feb and stand a chance to be one of the lucky 28 to win a floral hamper from the Gardens! Simply visit between 6pm - 6.30pm and 7pm - 7.30pm when the God of Fortune will be in the Flower Dome to distribute ang pows. Find your floral fortune in the ang pows! There will be 7 hampers given away per session.