Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gardens by the Bay: Where Wonder Blooms

Located at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown on prime waterfront land, Gardens by the Bay is one of the Top Ten Award winning Gardens of the World, featuring more than 500,000 plants from over 2,200 species.

Explore diverse plant life from around the world displayed in the Gardens by the Bay spectacular Cooled Conservatories or marvel at the Supertrees – towering vertical gardens that extend into the sky. Be inspired by nature and let your wonder bloom and experiences flourish.

Flower Dome

Step into Flower Dome and you will enter a world of perpetual spring, where unique plants bloom in an ever changing display of flowers. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry Mediterranean climate featuring 9 different gardens from 5 continents – Baobabs and Bottle Trees, Succulent Garden, Australia Garden, South African Garden, South American Garden, Californian Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Olive Grove and Changing Flower Field Display.

Enjoy a cooling stroll through the Flower Dome and wander amongst thousand-year-old olive trees and unusual Baobabs, surrounded by fascinating succulents. Immerse yourself in the spectacular view of the Marina reservoir skyline, as you embark on your journey through the Mediterranean Basin, South West Australia, South Africa, Central Chile and California.

You'll discover amazing plants and flowers from different corners of the globe. Don’t miss out the highlight of Flower Dome – the Changing Flower Field Display, which reflect seasonal displays of different themes throughout the year.

For 2015, Gardens by the Bay will embark on a story-telling journey as told through six ‘chapters’ of colourful floral displays. The Gardens will usher in the New Year with Asian tales, before welcoming the return of the popular Tulipmania - this time amidst a fairy-tale setting. The story-telling continues with nursery rhymes that will bring back memories of familiar childhood verses. In August, the Gardens will celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday with a floral depiction of the Singapore story, before moving on to folklores surrounding the chrysanthemum flower. The year will close with a fantastical Christmas floral display featuring toys and tales from Santa’s workshop.
Recently named the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse by Guinness World Record 2015, it’s an attraction not to be missed!

Cloud Forest

Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist and be greeted by a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Take in breathtaking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation from the cool-moist Tropical Montane. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via the Cloud Walk for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.

Get up close to plant life found in tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres above sea level and learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face through the 7 discovery zones -  Lost World, Cloud Walk, Treetop Walk, Crystal Mountain, Earth Check, +5 Degrees and Secret Garden.

OCBC Skyway & The Supertrees

Offering a spectacular view of the skyline 22 metres above the ground, the 128-metre long OCBC Skyway at the Supertree Grove is another popular attraction not to be missed.  During the day, a stroll along the OCBC Skyway presents glorious photo-taking opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of the surrounding flora.

As dusk falls, the captivating Marina Bay skyline emerges and the entire area comes alive with the Garden Rhapsody – a free light and sound show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

Christmas Wonderland (29 November 2014 to 1 January 2015)

Come this festive season, be mesmerized by the Christmas Wonderland display, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia - featuring handcrafted Luminarie light sculptures from Italy, a two-century-old Spiegeltent from Netherlands, European-style Festive Market, amongst other magnificent light displays.

In conjunction, the Flower Field Floral Display in the Flower Dome will feature the theme of "Country Christmas" from 17 November to 1 January 2015. Visit Gardens by the Bay this festive season and join in the celebrations from 29 November - 1 January 2015!

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