Coming from an informative and exciting visit from Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay, I set off to the next cooled conservatory, the Flower Dome which will give me another dose of learning and feast of wonder to my eyes.
The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are the largest columnless greenhouses in the world. Yes, these two conservatories have no column that supports the roof with 3,332 glass panels covering the whole surface of the dome.
How big is the Flower Dome? It is about 1.2 hectares in size much bigger than the Cloud Forest where the latter covers an area of 0.8 hectares.
Flower Dome features 9 different gardens from 5 continents: Australia, America, Africa, Asia and Europe. These gardens are the South American Garden, Succulent Garden, Californian Garden, Australian Garden, Mediterranean Garden, South African Garden, Olive Grove, Flower Field and the unique Baobabs and Bottle Tree.
When I entered the Flower Dome I was greeted by colorful lighted wall panels with beautiful flowers.
It was already dark when I entered the vast garden. I regretted coming late for I can’t capture vivid photos of flower. But I discovered that my cellphone (Sony Xperia UA) can do wonderful shot at night time.
I can’t decide where I should go first, will I start to my right at Succulent Garden or to my left at Australian Garden? I decided to go to my left.
Here are the lovely flowers coming from different gardens:
But what fascinated me much were the varieties of Baobab and BottleTrees, the largest trees in Flower Dome.
Honestly, I have no idea what Baobab tree was. I searched for an informative standee in the vicinity until I saw one. Now I know what this tree all about is. Weighing more than 32 tons, the African Baobab is the largest tree in Flower Dome. I was amazed looking at it because it was so huge and tall.
Bottle trees had amazing round trunks that are used to restore water. These trees were also big and tall.
I ended up my journey in Flower Field, a garden with changing displays of flowers depending on seasons and festivals. It was packed with people busy taking pictures with pumpkins and varieties of vegetables in celebration of the yearly Mid-Autumn Festival in Gardens by the Bay which will run from September 22 to October 8, 2017.
Before I bid good-bye to Flower Dome, I took one last glance to the glass dome above admiring the feat behind its innovation, to the beautiful flowers and to the amazing Baobabs. Though I was in a rush visit because I will be meeting my brother and sister in law for a dinner, I was grateful and thankful that my solo adventure from early morning till night was all worthy spent.
Exiting the Flower Dome, visitors will be greeted by another design of pumpkins, but it was set for the coming Halloween.
- Open daily: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Last ticket sale: 8.00pm
Last admission: 8.30pm
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