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Orchid Extravaganza

The Butterfly Story

​​Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, Singapore has gone through a dramatic metamorphosis to become the vibrant metropolis of today. This year, the “Orchid Extravaganza” floral display tells the story of Singapore through the motif of a butterfly’s life cycle. Stunning orchids in myriad shapes and colours will fill a landscape depicting the stages of a butterfly’s growth, including a ‘Chrysalis’ structure in the main Flower Field.

Visitors can look forward to seeing​ orchid varieties such as Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Dendrobium, Grammatophyllum and many others. There will also be a sculpture of 52 butterflies - in celebration of Singapore's 52nd National Day - in the shape of Singapore. This floral display is put together by award-winning garden designer Peter Cheok, who has received numerous accolades for his works including at the Singapore Garden Festival and Ellerslie International Flower Show in New Zealand.


  • Fri, 14 Jul 2017 - Sun, 20 Aug 2017

  • 9am - 9pm

  • Flower Dome

  • Admission charge to the conservatories applies


  • Pick up an Orchid Extravaganza Garden Trail for more interesting information or join us for daily “ASK Me!” tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating botanical facts and anecdotes about the floral display.

  • Date: 14 July, Friday - 20 August, Sunday

  • Time: Daily at 11am and 3pm (2pm - 5pm on 22 & 23 July, 5 & 6 Aug, 12 & 13 Aug)

  • Details:
    - Guided tours are free, but admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
    - Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
    - To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field. Tour will begin when a group of five or more visitors is assembled.
    - Tours will not be conducted on Flower Dome closure dates.

Orchids to look out for

Vanda 'Miss Joaquim'

Singapore is the only country in the world to have an orchid hybrid, Vanda 'Miss Joaquim'* as its national flower.

The Vanda 'Miss Joaquim' was chosen in 1981 to be Singapore's national flower for its vibrant colours and resilience, qualities that reflect the Singapore Spirit. The plant is named after Agnes Joaquim (1854 - 1899), an avid gardener and orchid breeder, as it was first found in her garden.

*Also known as Papilionanthe 'Miss Joaquim'.

Vanda 'Miss Joaquim'

Psychopsis Kalihi var. alba

Commonly known as 'butterfly orchids' which refers to several types of orchids with flowers that resemble the shape of a butterfly. The Psychopsis Kalihi alba 'Green Valley' produces brightly-coloured flowers with long attenuated modified petals, outspread wing-like sepals and a large lip.
Psychopsis  Kalihi var. alba

Aliceara Tropic Lily

Aliceara Tropic Lily is a popular display choice – a white flower with purple spots. The white bloom adds glitz and dazzle to a floral show. 
Aliceara Tropic Lily

Paphiopedilum godefroyae f. leuchochilum

Native to Thailand, it is a warm growing lithophyte or terrestrial plant found in humus-filled limestone crevices at sea level to 100m and thrives in light shade. 1 – 2 flowers are borne on a short terminal inflorescence, usually purple spotted on white or cream. Breeding of select leuchochilums has resulted in achieving a darker or deeper markings across the flower. 

The 'select type' dark-colored orchid (deep burgundy) symbolizes the black tonation of the Singapore National Butterfly, Common Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae asteris) which will augur well with the theme of this year's show.

Paphiopedilum godefroyae f. leuchochilum

Rossioglossum Rawdon Jester

A primary hybrid plant bearing spectacular large-size flowers of rich chestnut markings on yellow base. The waxy, semi-glossy bloom is a real enchanting showpiece.   
Rossioglossum Rawdon Jester

Ticketing Promotion

Local Promotion for National Day 2017
Celebrate Singapore’s 52nd National Day at Gardens by the Bay. From 5 to 20 August, Singapore residents enjoy $5 off Local Resident Rates to the cooled conservatories.

Promotion is valid from 5 - 20 August 2017

Promotion Terms & Conditions and General Terms & Conditions apply.

Local Promotion for National Day 2017 Terms and Conditions

- This promotion is applicable to the prevailing published Local Resident Rates for Single Conservatory and Double Conservatories, purchased from Gardens by the Bay’s ticketing counters. It is not applicable to tickets purchased online.
- Proof of residency is required upon purchase of tickets and admission to the conservatories.
- A maximum of 6 discounted tickets can be purchased per transaction.
- Admission ticket purchased is not refundable or exchangeable for cash, and is only valid on the day of entry.
- No claims will be entertained for lost, torn, defaced or expired tickets.
- This promotion is not valid for OCBC Skyway tickets, Garden Cruiser services, Friends of the Gardens annual memberships, and other offers and promotions. 

Plant Explorer App

  • The Plant Explorer app aims to help our visitors explore the wide range of plants and flowers in Flower Dome.
    Visit Flower Dome with the Plant Explorer App to enjoy location-based information alerts as you stroll through the dome.
    Then, browse through the extensive list of regional gardens and their feature plants and flowers to learn more about their unique habitats, plant origins and uses, and fun facts.

  • Key features: 
    - Detailed information on plants and flowers in Flower Dome
    - Beautiful photo gallery of plants, flowers, and unique plant features
    - Real-time alerts on garden and plant information as you stroll through the various gardens in Flower Dome
    - English and Chinese language support

Plant Explorer App Download (Free)

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mobile app iOS
For Android devices
Requires Android 4.2 and up
App for android

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