Sunday, March 31, 2013

Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome

It's hard to decide which is worth the visit - the Flower Dome (cool-dry biomes) or Cloud Forest (cool-moist biomes), the 2 cooled conservatories of Gardens by the Bay. You have to visit them both for the contrasting experience.

The flower dome is the larger of the two at 1.2 hectares while the cloud forest stands tall on 0.8 hectares of land.

Since young, we read of greenhouses in story books and on TVs; the flower dome offers us a chance to be in a giant glasshouse where we 'enter a world of perpetual spring'. And in spring, flowers bloom wondrously! Even the rarely seen blossoming of many cacti!

More photos from their website here.

There are many exotic flowers which we know not their names; so do they have the more common English roses, some with variations - Try locating one that smell of both rose and lemongrass! It was a giant bloom planted in pot at an obscure corner! Such are the quiet working of our horticulturists.

With our group of devoted grower from National Parks Board, i am looking forward to seeing our garden further embellished as it matures over time. Can't wait.

Before we exit to visit the Cloud Forest, don't miss the Olive Grove that houses the batch of Olive trees from Spain; some are over 1,000 years old!

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