For the first time in Gardens by the Bay’s annual Chinese New Year floral display Dahlia Dreams (大丽花之梦), a grand River Hongbao lantern set, Spring Fragrances (花香满溢), takes centrestage. Dahlia Dreams opens in Flower Dome today.
The lantern set features three Chinese moon gates, a pair of rabbits and larger-than-life narcissus, peony and lily blooms, all set amidst about 2,000 showstopper dahlias and vibrant azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums.
Also on display are adorable tiger cubs to ring in the Year of the Tiger, and auspicious decorations such as giant coin pouches (福袋) and couplets (春联) symbolising good fortune and prosperity.
In addition, large-scale paintings depicting the Four Gentlemen (四君子) of Chinese culture – the plum blossom, the orchid, the bamboo, and the chrysanthemum – not only represent the changing seasons, but are also analogous to virtues such as resilience, modesty, endurance, flexibility, perseverance and fortitude; traits to carry us through the pandemic.
Dahlia Dreams runs until February 20, and is the first of a full calendar year of changing floral displays that Gardens by the Bay is bringing back in 2022 - the tenth anniversary of the Gardens.
The other upcoming floral displays are:
Please refer to the Annex for more information on the floral displays of 2022.
With Singapore having moved into Phase 3, Gardens by the Bay will be bringing back the full version of its Garden Rhapsody light and sound show from January 8.
The popular light and sound show at Supertree Grove sees the lights of 12 Supertrees “dance” to a musical soundtrack. The 15-minute show will return to its original 7.45pm and 8.45pm timing every evening, and is free.
The musical soundtrack and choreography of lights changes often, and there are 10 shows planned for 2021. For the month of January, visitors will get to experience Garden Waltz, an uplifting compilation of waltz music from great composers, such as Frédéric Chopin's Grande Valse Brilliante, Johann Strauss Junior's On the Beautiful Blue Danube and Emile Waldteufel's Skaters' Waltz.
Garden Rhapsody went on hiatus during last year’s circuit breaker period, and returned in a different form in September to ensure safe distancing management and crowd control. Instead of two full-scale shows every evening, soothing background music and soft lighting took place from 7pm to 10pm daily.
When the full Garden Rhapsody returns, Safe Distancing Ambassadors and security officers will be on site to enforce safe management measures such as ensuring people keeping an adequate distance from each other, not congregating in large groups and wearing their face masks at all times.
Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Programming and Events Chua Yen Ling said, “Singapore has come through a difficult 2020, and we hope this new year will be a better one for everyone. For the first full version of Gardens Rhapsody at Gardens by the Bay, we chose a particularly rousing soundtrack which we hope will uplift the spirit. Garden Rhapsody is free for all, and with safety measures in place, we hope our visitors will not only enjoy the show, but also receive a boost to morale as they immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere of our magnificent Supertrees.”
For the list of Garden Rhapsody shows lined up for 2021, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/whatson.
Please refer to the Annex for events happening in January at Gardens by the Bay.