After the successful conclusion of Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay in 2015 - which saw a record turnout of 1.6 million visitors by the way - the Flower Dome kicks off its first floral display of 2016 with one that is undeniably linked to the upcoming CNY.
With the Year of the Monkey round the corner, the brand-new 'Dahlia Dreams' floral display is inspired by the Chinese classical tale Journey to the West... in air-conditioned comfort, no less!
I suspect the air-conditioning is the main reason why the monkies love visiting the Flower Dome time and time again.
But then again, the main flower field within the dome never fails to throw up a few surprises every time - which came in the form a of stunning landscape of dahlias, begonias and other exquisite blooms against the backdrop of a 7-metre-tall mountain this time round.
The display brings to mind the mythical "Flowers and Fruit Mountain" (where the legendary Monkey King was said to be born, as well as "Water Curtain Cave" that was described in the novel.
And yes, plenty of monkeys too.
I have to say that the monkey-shaped topiaries are pretty amazing!
Of course, nothing beats having your very own (cheekie)monkie!
Ash is the reason why this blog exists... and also the reason behind the name, simply because he was born in the Year of the Monkey.
Oh, and kids will take delight in being able to walk through a cavern too!
Which comes accompanied by the sounds of waterfalls.
As always, expect to witness an explosion of colours at every turn in the Flower Dome, including auspicious Chinese New Year decorations and Chinese Zodiac Signs for that photo-taking opportunity.
Wish to let the kiddos learn more during the visit? Pick up a FREE copy Garden Trail map (with every ticket purchased) for more interesting information about the colourful blooms of dahlias and begonias.
Or join the daily FREE “ASK Me” guided tours conducted by the Gardens' friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating botanical facts and anecdotes about the floral display. Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available free on a first-come-first-served basis. To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field. Tours will begin when a group of five or more visitors is assembled.
“ASK Me!” Guided Tour Dates & Time:
Daily for the duration of the floral display at 11am and 3pm, except on:
- 23 & 24 Jan 2016 (Sat & Sun) from 1 – 6pm
- 13 & 14 Feb 2016 (Sat & Sun) from 1 – 6pm
Other activities to look out for include:
SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA
23 Jan 2016 | 6pm | Supertree Grove
Enjoy festive orchestral pieces under the Supertrees as you enjoy a relaxing evening with your loved ones.
24 Jan 2016 | 6pm | Supertree Grove
Experience traditional cultural performances such as Face Changing, Drum Performances, and Tea Art in the Supertree Grove.
10 - 21 Feb 2016 | 12pm - 5pm | Flower Dome
Get hands on with traditional spring crafts like Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Chinese Knot.
MONKEY KING MASCOT
12 - 14 & 20 - 21 Feb 2016 | 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm | Flower Dome
Keep an eye out for the cheeky Monkey King, who will be making his appearance on selected weekends in the Flower Dome.
LION DANCE MEDLEY
13 Feb 2016 | 5pm | Supertree Grove
Catch different styles of lion dances – including the lesser-seen northern lion (北狮) dance – all in one place at the Supertree Grove. Be awed by a medley of original choreography and amazing stunts!
Dahlia Dreams Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Dates: 15 Jan - 28 Feb 2016
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm
Admission Charges apply