Last month, a part of the Netherlands was brought to Singapore. The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay was the venue for Tulipmania (29 April – 20 May 2013), the largest tulip-themed floral show ever to be held in Singapore. 20,000 tulips were flown in especially from the Netherlands for this event.
Last Sunday, we finally managed to make a trip down before the event ended.
Perhaps it was due to the weekend, and also the Tulipmania event, the main carpark was full when we reached at 3pm. We parked at the Meadows carpark, which turned out to be a 20 minutes walk to our destination.
It turned out to be a good thing that we parked so far away. We got a chance to take a look at the Gardens as we made our way to the Flower Dome. This was our first time at there since the Gardens opened in June last year. (I think we must be the last few Singaporeans who have not been there!) There has been quite a bit of hype about it, and seeing it for myself for the first time, I think the hype is justified. The area was huge!
When we reached the conservatories after a 20 minute walk under the hot afternoon sun, we were dismayed to find a long snaking queue for the entrance tickets. The kids were getting cranky, and we wanted to enter the air-conditioned Flower Dome fast. Thank goodness for the smartphone – I managed to buy the tickets online, and avoided another 20 minutes wait.
Tip: If you buy the tickets online, you don’t need to print out the tickets if you have a smartphone that is able to open pdf. They can scan the barcode directly from your phone.
Once in, we were greeted by huge panels featuring the different blooms:
We made our way into the conservatory, where we were greeted by huge clogs (representative of the Netherlands) and myriad blooms. Instead of photobombing this post, here is a selection of my favourites:
Can you tell that C really likes flowers? 🙂
G preferred the floral kaleidoscope display. He stood/squatted there for a long time.
Of course, the main highlight were the tulips! There were little signs everywhere which gave snippets of information on tulips.
There was a long queue (45 minutes!) to get into the main display area. Since we were already there, it didn’t make sense not to queue. Crowds nonwithstanding, the flowers were really beautiful, and brought smiles to all our faces.
The main display! It looked really beautiful, a miniature of the flower fields from the Netherlands. Maybe some day we can visit the country and see it for real!
At the exit, there were interactive panels and holographic shows. The kids didn’t want to leave!
It was definitely worth a trip down. We will be back, but next time I’ll go during off-peak hours 😉
What is your favourite flower?