Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Sets Guinness World Record

The Flower Dome is Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world 


The Flower Dome at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has set a Guinness World Record for being the Largest Glass Greenhouse in the world.

Featured in the Guinness World Records 2015 book, the Flower Dome covers 1.28 hectares under glass. Its column-free gridshell and arch structure lets in maximum light and replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions of the world.

The Flower Dome sits alongside the 0.8-hectare Cloud Forest conservatory. Both glasshouses, designed by UK architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre, form the botanical arks that have become a distinct feature of Gardens by the Bay. Unlike most temperate greenhouses which have a warm interior, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are climate-controlled in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner to provide a cool environment that brings forth the concept of perpetual spring in the tropics. Along with the outdoor garden spaces at Gardens by the Bay, the cooled conservatories were open to the public in June 2012.

The Flower Dome houses vivid floral displays which are refreshed periodically to bring ever-changing horticultural experiences to visitors. For 2015, Gardens by the Bay will embark on a story-telling journey as told through six ‘chapters’ of colourful floral displays.



The highly anticipated, annual Tulipmania display returns to Gardens by the Bay in March - this time amidst a colourful setting of magical fairy tales. In this third edition, visitors can look forward to an even wider selection of tulips at Tulipmania - over 40 varieties in a myriad of hues and forms! Look out for captivating blooms like the scarlet "Red Riding Hood", the “Purple Prince”, and the “Orange Princess” as they grace familiar fairy tale settings like Cinderella‘s carriage, Rapunzel’s tower, and the gingerbread house of Hansel and Gretel.

"Tulipmania" is the second of six chapters in Gardens by the Bay's storytelling journey in 2015. This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes as told through the language of plants.

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.

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