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Rosa ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ with its more than 90 petals is one of the highlight roses  to see in the Rose Romance floral display. Rosa ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ with its more than 90 petals is one of the highlight roses to see in the Rose Romance floral display.

From just five petals to more than 90; from typical pinks and reds, to two-toned, to a shade some horticulturists call “black” – over 16,000 roses of nearly 70 varieties feature in Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance floral display. The fifth edition of Rose Romance opened today in Flower Dome and runs until June 30.

This year's Rose Romance, presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Singapore, also explores the rich cultural heritage of Türkiye, influenced by the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome.

The floral display was officially opened by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Education and Foreign Affairs Dr. Maliki Osman, alongside the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to Singapore His Excellency Mehmet Burçin Gönenli.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Mr Felix Loh said, “Gardens by the Bay strives to bring the world to our visitors through the ever-changing floral displays in Flower Dome. In our second collaboration with the Turkish Embassy, we are excited to spotlight Türkiye’s rich cultural heritage and horticulture, through showcasing the Damask rose for the first time, as well as recreations of their architectural treasures. The Damask rose only blooms once a year, and together with the unusual ‘black’ roses we have brought in, are rare horticultural experiences in Singapore we hope visitors will enjoy.”

Ambassador of Türkiye to Singapore H.E. Mehmet Burçin Gönenli said, “In light of last year’s successful Tulipmania display, we are delighted to partner once again with Gardens by the Bay in presenting Türkiye’s natural, cultural and historical beauties in Singapore. This year marks the 55th year of bilateral relations and the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Singapore and Türkiye. Rose Romance floral display takes place against that backdrop. We look forward to welcoming our Singaporean friends, future couples and families to this captivating and romantic Rose Romance floral display throughout June.” 

Nearly 70 rose varieties in a spectrum of forms and colours

Türkiye produces approximately 65 per cent of the world’s demand for rose oil, as the cultivation of Damask roses is an industry in Isparta, a southwestern province known as “Rose City”. In addition to Damask roses, Rose Romance has also brought in the “black” roses of Türkiye. These blooms are so-named because of the dark, rich hue of their velvety petals.

In addition, there are other unique roses on show, which diverge from the conventional appearance of a rose. The Rosa ‘Sunshine Babylon Eyes’ is a striking variety with just five petals, yet featuring a vibrant centre of pink and yellow, that creates an illusion of a flower within a flower. On the other end of the petal spectrum, there is Rosa ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, named after the artist and which boasts of over 90 petals in a striking shade of deep pink.

The roses are complemented by flowers such as delphiniums, lavender, carnations, and petunias.

Bringing Türkiye’s historical and geographical wonders to Flower Dome

In consultation with the Turkish Embassy, the perhaps lesser-known side of Türkiye is brought to life with detailed recreations of the country’s historical and geographical wonders. These include the Roman columns of Hierapolis, a prosperous spa town during the Hellenistic period, alongside the Antonine Fountain from Sagalassos, once a thriving city of the Roman Empire. Visitors are transported back to when ancient Greece and subsequently Rome, once shaped Türkiye.

There is also the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pamukkale – which translates to “Cotton Castle” in English – a sight beyond imagination where nature causes the formation of cottony-white travertine terraces contrasted against azure spring waters.

Visitors can also experience quintessential Turkish architecture through a recreated Bodrum house with its distinctive, white-washed exteriors and blue accents, a style which is emblematic of Türkiye’s Aegean coast. A traditional rose distillery setup offers a glimpse into Isparta’s rose oil production, while a perfume storefront, decorated with authentic Turkish items, brings to the display a vibrant marketplace atmosphere.

For a limited period, Rosense skincare products made from Isparta roses, will be available for the first time in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay’s retail shop. 

Win air tickets to Istanbul

Visitors can stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Istanbul through a social media contest courtesy of Turkish Airlines, the official airline partner of Rose Romance. To participate, they can post their favourite photos of themselves at Rose Romance on Instagram, tag @gardensbythebay, and share what they loved most about the floral display in the caption. 

Rose Romance

Date: Sunday, 2 June to Sunday, 30 June 2024
Time: 9am to 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome (Admission charges apply)

For more details, please visit https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/rose

Please refer to the Annex for more information on:

●       Rose varieties of note

●       Social media contest

Memory Orb Families playing at Memory Orb Mountain at Children’s Festival.

It’s time to delve into the fascinating world of emotions as Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival (滨海湾花园儿童节) opened today in an exciting collaboration with Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 (脑筋急转弯2)! The launch event was graced by Guest of Honour Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.

Happening at the iconic Supertree Grove, Children’s Festival is the only Inside Out 2-themed outdoor carnival in Southeast Asia with large-scale installations. Children can learn about their feelings through play at the various interactive installations inspired by beloved Inside Out 2 characters, ahead of the 13 June release of Inside Out 2 in Singapore.

Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley who’s about to begin high school, just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! The core Emotions Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust, are joined by new arrivals Anxiety, Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment.

Visitors can also look forward to a special edition of the nightly Garden Rhapsody light and sound show during the duration of Children’s Festival. Titled The Medley of Emotions, the lights on the Supertrees as well as the Memory Orbs within the Kaleidoscope of Memories installation will synchronise their illumination and change colours in harmony with the Inside Out soundtrack every evening at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

In addition, there will be outdoor screenings of Disney and Pixar movies on the first two weekends, Inside Out 2-themed merchandise, carnival games, fringe activities and more! Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival for information.

Gardens by the Bay's Children's Festival 2024 is supported by Singapore Tourism Board and Tote Board.

This year’s Children’s Festival is also held in conjunction with the month-long National Family Festival, led by the Families for Life Council and its partners across the people, public and private sectors to celebrate families and to encourage everyone to prioritise family time.

The six Inside Out 2-themed installations at Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival

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Kaleidoscope of Memories

This centrepiece installation is inspired by the Long Term Memory storage facility that houses millions of Riley’s memories in the Inside Out story.

Children’s Festival has brought this scene to life with colourful, illuminated Memory Orbs at Supertree Grove. Visitors can create their own Memory Orb by scanning a QR code at the installation and completing three simple steps: select the character that best reflects one’s emotion, pose for a photo, and upload your very own Memory Orb to the Kaleidoscope of Memories, where it will be projected alongside others’ memorable moments on the animated wall of this installation.

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Mood Swings

The Emotion Joy is the theme of this installation, featuring swings that will be sure to delight children and all who are young-at-heart.

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Expression Doodles

Coping with complex emotions is explored at this installation. With designs themed after Sadness and Embarrassment, children may “paint” with a water brush and watch doodles on the installations appear before their eyes.

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Emotion Mirrors

Can you keep your cool at this tricky installation? Inspired by the Emotions Fear and Anxiety, attempt to complete the mirror maze and gigantic buzz wire games in nerve-wrecking time challenges.

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Fort Pillowtown

Inspired by Ennui, children can lie back and relax at the Fort Pillowtown installation, or let their imaginations run wild within the cosy pillow fortresses that they can build.

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Memory Orb Mountain

The whirlwind of emotions experienced throughout the evocative journey culminates in harmony and balance at this play area of large inflatable balls symbolic of embracing and balancing all our emotions. Visit in the evenings to catch the balls aglow!

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Come the June holidays, get ready to delve into the fascinating world of emotions as Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival (滨海湾花园儿童节) returns for its 10th edition – this time, featuring an exciting collaboration with Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 (脑筋急转弯2)!

Kicking off on 25 May at Supertree Grove, this will be the only Inside Out 2-themed outdoor carnival in Southeast Asia with large-scale installations. Children can learn about their feelings through play at the various interactive areas inspired by beloved Inside Out 2 characters, such as Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust – alongside new Emotions Anxiety, Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment! Get in touch with your emotions ahead of the 13 June release of Inside Out 2 in Singapore.

Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley who’s about to begin high school, just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joining the core Emotions is a group of new arrivals perfectly suited for the teenage years!

Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival runs until 22 June and most of the activities are free.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “We all want our children to be happy and healthy. This year we are excited to team up with Disney for the 10th edition of Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival. Kids can learn about stress and emotions in a fun way through relatable characters and heartwarming stories such as those from Disney and Pixar. More importantly, the event will allow families to bond and spend meaningful time together.”

Singapore Tourism Board’s Director of Attractions, Entertainment and Tourism Concept Development Ashlynn Loo said, “We are thrilled to support Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival – the only place in Southeast Asia where families can enjoy an Inside Out 2-themed outdoor carnival with large-scale installations. We hope visitors will enjoy the fresh and captivating experiences by exploring the various zones inspired by Inside Out 2’s Emotions. As we continue to welcome more visitors back to Singapore, we look forward to bringing more compelling leisure experiences that will appeal to both local and international visitors, as part of our continued collaboration with Disney, solidifying our position as a vibrant leisure and entertainment destination.”

Gardens by the Bay's Children's Festival 2024 is supported by Singapore Tourism Board and Tote Board.

This year, Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival is held in conjunction with the month-long National Family Festival, led by the Families for Life Council and its partners across the people, public and private sectors to celebrate families and to encourage everyone to prioritise family time.

Embark on a journey of self-discovery inspired by Inside Out 2 characters

At this year’s Children’s Festival, families can look forward to an array of installations and activities inspired by both the core and new Emotions of Inside Out 2.

*Concept arts below are for illustrative purposes only.

Kaleidoscope of Memories

Kaleidoscope of Memories

This centrepiece installation is inspired by the Long Term Memory storage facility that houses millions of Riley’s memories in the Inside Out story.

Children’s Festival has brought this scene to life with colourful, illuminated Memory Orbs at Supertree Grove. Visitors can create their own Memory Orb by scanning a QR code at the installation and completing three simple steps: select the character that best reflects one’s emotion, pose for a photo, and upload your very own Memory Orb to the Kaleidoscope of Memories, where it will be projected alongside others’ memorable moments on the animated wall of this installation.

Mood Swings

Mood Swings

The Emotion Joy is the theme of this installation, featuring swings that will be sure to delight children and all who are young-at-heart.

Expression Doodles

Expression Doodles

Coping with complex emotions is explored at this installation. With designs themed after Sadness and Embarrassment, children may “paint” with a water brush and watch doodles on the installations appear before their eyes.

Emotion Mirrors

Emotion Mirrors

Can you keep your cool at this tricky installation? Inspired by the Emotions Fear and Anxiety, attempt to complete the mirror maze and gigantic buzz wire games in nerve-wrecking time challenges.

Fort Pillowtown

Fort Pillowtown

Inspired by Ennui, children can lie back and relax at the Fort Pillowtown installation, or let their imaginations run wild within the cosy pillow fortresses that they can build.

Memory Orb Mountain

Memory Orb Mountain

The whirlwind of emotions experienced throughout the evocative journey culminates in harmony and balance at this play area of large inflatable balls symbolic of embracing and balancing all our emotions. Visit in the evenings to catch the balls aglow! 

Visitors can also look forward to a special edition of the nightly Garden Rhapsody light and sound show during the duration of Children’s Festival, titled The Medley of Emotions. In addition to the lights on the Supertrees, the Memory Orbs within the Kaleidoscope of Memories installation will also synchronise their illumination and change colours in harmony with the Inside Out soundtrack.

Garden Rhapsody plays at 7.45pm and 8.45pm every evening.

Complimentary Disney and Pixar themed activities, movie screenings and more

Free activity trail booklets are available, with suggested activities to keep kids entertained such as collecting stamps. Visitors who complete their booklets and collect all the stamps may redeem an Inside Out 2 sticker sheet that is exclusive to Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival.

Visitors with a complete set of stamps may also redeem a souvenir keychain with a Gardens by the Bay exclusive design, that can be customised with little charms inspired by Inside Out 2, while stocks last. Visit the redemption counter to find out more.

Members of the public are also invited to enjoy complimentary outdoor screenings of Disney and Pixar favourites such as Coco, Elemental, Finding Dory and Incredibles 2 on the first two weekends of 25 May and 26 May, and 1 June and 2 June.

Visitors looking for a different experience can buckle up and hop aboard the Train of Emotions for a scenic train ride through Supertree Grove. Separate charges apply for the train ride.

Fringe performances and carnival games

Fringe performances such as bubble blowing, juggling and magic shows will come on during evenings of the first three weekends for all to enjoy.

There are also carnival games for the active ones and, for those who like to get hands-on, craft workshops to create their own Memory Orbs, musical boxes, friendship bracelets and more. Separate charges apply for these activities.

Be among the first to bring home Inside Out 2-themed merchandise in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Festival will also be one of the first places in Singapore where shoppers can get their hands on Inside Out 2-themed merchandise at a special retail pop-up. Inspired by fan-favourite Disney and Pixar characters, discover a delightful range for all ages, spanning apparel, reversible bucket hats, tote bags, drinkware, cushions, stationery and more.  

inside out 2 merchandise

Limited time promotions, best dressed contests and more

Between 25 May and 9 June, visitors may also win tickets to a movie screening of Inside Out 2. They will need to take a creative photo of their adventures at Gardens by the Bay’s Children's Festival and upload it to their Instagram account with the hashtags #GBBChildrensFest #gardensbythebay #InsideOut2SG. Each winner will receive four movie tickets and a discount voucher to shop online at Disney Store (DisneyStore.asia) for more Pixar collectibles.

As a bonus, visitors whose submitted photos feature Inside Out 2-themed outfits stand an additional chance to win Gardens by the Bay’s “best dressed” contest! Besides the hashtags above, tag @DisneyStoreSG to qualify for a chance to bring home a set of Disney Store Inside Out 2 plushies or playsets. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival for more information.

Enter the fascinating world of Cambodian orchids  at Cloud Forest’s new Orchids of Angkor Wat display

Slippers may be innocuous footwear in most contexts, but in the world of plants, the slipper orchid is anything but simple. This unusual-looking flower with the pouch-like sepal that resembles a lady’s slipper (hence its common name), practises what scientists intriguingly call “pollination by deceit”.

An insect is drawn by the vibrant colours of the orchid to land on its surface, which is slippery enough that the unsuspecting insect falls into the pouch. As it scurries its way out, it carries pollen grains on its body. For its tumble, the insect gets nothing in return, not even food – unusual for flowering plants.

Slipper orchids are among the 50 fascinating orchid species and hybrids of Cambodia showcased at Orchids of Angkor Wat, Cloud Forest’s newest orchid display, and an inaugural collaboration with the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore. The display was launched today by Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Social and Family Development, Eric Chua, and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Singapore, His Excellency Sok Khoeun. Other unusual orchid species include the unpredictable Vandachostylis, an orchid bearing endless surprises for breeders as all its progeny can look quite different depending on which of its genus parent is more dominant, and Dendrobium Adastra whose profuse, drooping blooms resemble a stunning “waterfall of flowers” – a phenomenon almost impossible to achieve in Singapore’s weather.

The orchids showcased at Orchids of Angkor Wat include species that are native to Cambodia, or hybrids that can trace their parentage back to orchids from Cambodia.

Since the ancient Khmer Empire, orchids have captured the imagination of the country through time, as well as captivated the outside world. Orchids were also revered as symbols of nobility and hallmarks of religious beliefs and have been documented in carvings throughout the ancient city of Angkor. However, despite having such a rich diversity of orchids, it is thought that only slightly more than half of the 500 species in Cambodia have ever been documented.

In a display that focuses on the country’s natural history, culture and ethnobotany, the Khmer Empire and the ancient city of Angkor serve as the backdrop. Taking centrestage is a 3.5m tall recreation of Angkor Wat, the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and an icon of the Khmer Empire. The facade that visitors see in the display is meant to replicate the same view in Cambodia as they make their way towards the sprawling temple complex.

Flanking the temple are palm trees – Cambodia’s national tree – as well as a wide array of orchids in a myriad of colours. Visitors are also able to experience a glimpse of the gateway to Angkor Thom, with devas (gods) paving the walkway.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “Angkor Wat is one of the most visited attractions in Asia, and we are honoured to partner with the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore to recreate this majestic landmark at Gardens by the Bay, while also introducing visitors to Cambodia’s rich orchid heritage.”

Also on display are five stone replicas of scenes that are present in significant architecture around Angkor, including the walls of Angkor Thom and the Bayon temple. These include scenes that depict the daily lives and the divinities of Cambodia during the Khmer Empire, to name some examples. The replicas are on loan to Gardens by the Bay from the Cambodia-based Artisans Angkor, a workshop that dedicates itself to preserving authentic craftsmanship from Cambodian artisans.

Borealis, which debuts on May 5, is a brand new, free night programme that will join the  Garden Rhapsody light and music show at Supertree Grove

After more than a decade, Supertree Grove is ready for a new addition to its staple of free night-time programmes – the artistic installation Borealis (约定极光).

Conceptualised by Switzerland-based artist Dan Acher, Borealis is both a work of art and a technological performance, where the Northern Lights is recreated in the centre of Supertree Grove when beams of laser light travel through particle clouds.

Visitors to Gardens by the Bay got to experience Borealis for the first time today, when Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minster for Law Edwin Tong launched the first public screening.

From May 5, Borealis can be experienced every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm, and Monday at 8pm. The installation will last for 30 minutes each time. Borealis joins the night repertoire at Supertree Grove, which includes the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show, where the lights on the Supertrees dance to a changing musical soundtrack, that takes place daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “Our Supertrees have become iconic to Singapore’s skyline, making Gardens by the Bay one of the most photographed destinations in the world, and the nightly Garden Rhapsody at the Supertree Grove has attracted millions of visitors from near and far. It has been more than 10 years since Gardens by the Bay opened, and it is now timely to add something new to the beloved icon that Supertree Grove has become, in line with our aim to always bring special experiences to our visitors. Not everyone can see the Northern Lights in their lifetime, so we hope Borealis will allow our visitors to experience a hint of this enchanting natural wonder.”

Central to the theme of Mr Acher’s work is designing experiences that disrupt routines and create connections among people regardless of their differences. Borealis aligns with Gardens by the Bay’s purpose as a place for everyone in the community to come together, by bringing a far away phenomenon that not everyone will get to see in their lifetime, closer to people in Singapore.

Variations in wind, humidity and temperature make Borealis an ever-changing experience, where each encounter is unique due to the changes in movements, colour and density of the light beams. Accompanying the installation is a custom atmospheric soundtrack by French composer Guillaume Desbois, which contributes to the installation’s dreamy and contemplative mood.

Since 2016, Borealis has travelled to more than 40 cities across Europe, Australia, Asia and the US, including Hong Kong, Sydney and London. Borealis at Gardens by the Bay is its first permanent installation and kicks off in the rare bumper year for Northern Lights sightings. This year is the peak of the solar cycle, where natural occurrences of the cosmic lights phenomenon are at an all-time high in more than two decades.

Borealis at Gardens by the Bay is made possible with the support of community partner, Tote Board.

Gardens by the Bay Board Director Eugene Wong,  Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore Her Excellency Anneke Adema, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and National Development Sim Ann, and Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh launch Tulipmania. (From left) Gardens by the Bay Board Director Eugene Wong, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore Her Excellency Anneke Adema, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and National Development Sim Ann, and Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh launch Tulipmania.

The annual Tulipmania (梦幻郁金香), which sees the centre of Flower Dome burst into colour with tens of thousands of tulips in bloom, is the first floral display at Gardens by the Bay to reach its 10th edition. Since its launch in 2013 – a year after Gardens by the Bay opened to public – Tulipmania has become one of the Gardens’ top three floral displays with the highest visitorship, alongside the cherry blossom showcase Sakura and the Christmas show Poinsettia Wishes.

This year’s Tulipmania was launched today by Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and National Development Sim Ann, along with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore Her Excellency Anneke Adema. Tulipmania, presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore, will run until May 26.

While Gardens by the Bay constantly refreshes its offerings, such as introducing new thematic flowers to its floral displays every year, Tulipmania has proven so popular that it has become a staple show. This year’s floral display pays tribute to the inaugural show in the design of the centre field. Just like in 2013, tulips are uniformly planted in rows of singular colour, evoking the charm of traditional Dutch tulip fields.

2013: Holland inspires the first Tulipmania. 2014: The second show is also Dutch-themed. 2015: The third show is about fairy tales, such as the Hansel and Gretel house. 2016: An exploration of Central Asia and the Ottoman Empire, where tulips originated. 2017: Art and tulips come together as Vincent van Gogh’s art is recreated. 2018: Friendly giants in a whimsical town take centrestage. 2019: A European fair complements Tulipmania for the first time. 2021: The spotlight turns to Kazakhstan in Central Asia. 2023: Türkiye, where tulips were valued throughout history, takes the stage. 2013: Holland inspires the first Tulipmania. 2014: The second show is also Dutch-themed. 2015: The third show is about fairy tales, such as the Hansel and Gretel house. 2016: An exploration of Central Asia and the Ottoman Empire, where tulips originated. 2017: Art and tulips come together as Vincent van Gogh’s art is recreated. 2018: Friendly giants in a whimsical town take centrestage. 2019: A European fair complements Tulipmania for the first time. 2021: The spotlight turns to Kazakhstan in Central Asia. 2023: Türkiye, where tulips were valued throughout history, takes the stage.

Over the years, Tulipmania has evolved, showcasing diverse themes, from tulip recreations of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to the landscapes of Kazakhstan and Türkiye, where wild tulips originated. This year’s show goes back to its Dutch roots. After all, the Dutch first coined the term “Tulipmania” and popularised tulips, the most sought-after cut flower bulb across Europe in the 17th century.

This year’s floral display also features the modern side of the Netherlands for the first time, with examples of technological advancements such as wind turbines and vertical farming, in addition to the traditional tulip fields.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “Tulipmania has a special place in Gardens by the Bay’s history as our first ‘blockbuster’ display going way back to when we first opened. Celebrating its 10th edition today, the idea of a field of blooming tulips in tropical Singapore was unimaginable to most, which explains the crazy queues of fascinated visitors to catch the sight on its opening day in 2013. This early success not only endeared Gardens by the Bay to Singaporeans, but also made the world sit up and take notice of what Flower Dome is capable of. This paved the way for seven to eight changing floral displays in Flower Dome every year, including signature shows featuring dahlias, cherry blossoms, roses and orchids.”

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore Her Excellency Anneke Adema said, “The Netherlands is about tulips, certainly! However, my country is also about working on our future, finding solutions to serious global challenges. We are grateful for excellent cooperation with Singapore on this."

New tulip varieties at Tulipmania

Taking centrestage is what brings people back year after year – the tulips. Some 54,000 tulips of more than 20 varieties are set to charm visitors all over again. Every show introduces new varieties, and this year, there are four to look out for:

  • Tulipa Purple Circus – This fringed tulip has white flowers with eye-catching pinkish-purple accents. Its unique frayed edges on the petals provide an extra dimension of texture and interest to the blooms.
  • Tulipa Double Negrita – The petals of are a deep, rich shade of velvety purple, creating a dramatic contrast against the green foliage. It is a double-petaled tulip, which means it has more than the usual number of petals and sepals in multiple layers, giving each flower a fuller appearance akin to peonies or roses.
  • Tulipa Negrita Crown – A crown tulip with flowers in an intense dark violet colour. The petals of crown tulips roll up at the edge, into an almost-tubular shape, giving it a crown-like appearance.
  • Tulipa Crown of Dynasty – A crown tulip with flowers that are pink with a cream base. The colours become more saturated as the flower matures.

The vibrant rows of tulips are complemented by double-petaled daffodils – the Double Daffodil Heamoor and Daffodil Peach Swirl – sourced from the Netherlands. These daffodils are not as common as their single-petaled counterparts and have gained popularity for their lusher and showier appearance.

Modern Dutch innovations juxtaposed against traditional elements

The landscape of Tulipmania is peppered with elements of the idyllic countryside of old Holland, such as a traditional windmill, watermill and thatched-roof farmhouses.

Juxtaposed against these quintessential Dutch icons are models of wind turbines up to 5.5m tall that highlight the Netherlands’ evolution towards a focus on sustainability and renewable energy. In fact, urban farming technology by Dutch firm Priva is already being used by vertical farms in Singapore. Examples of this set-up by local farms Green Harvest and Greenhood can be found in Mediterranean garden of Flower Dome, featuring crops such as microgreens, and Asian leafy vegetables like Choy Sum and Bok Choy.

On display in Tulipmania is also the full set of 104 Delft Blue miniature houses from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the official airline partner for Tulipmania. As a way of sharing Dutch culture with the world, these miniature houses have been presented to Business Class passengers on intercontinental flights since the 1950s. Each little house is modelled after a real Dutch building of historical and architectural interest.

For this year’s Tulipmania, visitors have two opportunities to win economy-class round trip air tickets sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Visitors can scan a QR code at the floral display to play an online game, where they are required to match the Delft Blue Houses with the correct house numbers. Correct entries will enter a lucky draw with a chance to win a pair of air tickets to Amsterdam. Visitors can also take part in a Mother’s Day social media contest, to stand a chance to gift their mother a trip to a destination of choice in Europe. Please refer to the Annex for more details on the contests.

In celebration of Tulipmania’s milestone 10th edition, Gardens by the Bay will be giving away complimentary cut tulips in Flower Dome over the weekend of May 4 and May 5 from 9am, on a first come first served basis, while stocks last.

Refer to the Annex for more information on:

  • Tulip varieties of note
  • Tulip-themed craft workshops
  • Contests by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Gardens by the Bay welcomes second Starbucks store

The second Starbucks store has opened at Gardens by the Bay, at community space Active Garden. Located along the waterfront promenade facing Marina Bay, the store is a 10-minute stroll from Bayfront MRT station.

The new pet-friendly Starbucks store, which has a 130 square metres indoor area and 100 square metres alfresco area, is surrounded by greenery. The store showcases floral artistry based on an “Enchanted Forest” theme conceptualised and put together by Gardens by the Bay’s horticulturists. Through a mix of “live” tropical plants and preserved flowers, the store is infused with both greenery and colour. For example, a 8.3 square metres feature wall showcases a river of preserved blooms in rainbow colours, that flows through a forest composed of moss.

In line with Gardens by the Bay as a garden built on the principles of sustainability, the new Starbucks store is on track to achieve Greener Store certification. Each Starbucks Greener Store has a unique combination of sustainable features that ranges from features like energy and water efficient equipment and appliances, low-emitting paints and sealants, Grounds for Your Garden program, as well as energy efficient HVAC temperature systems and more.

The store at Active Garden will set aside used coffee grounds for Gardens by the Bay’s horticulturists to do composting, which can then be used to enrich soil for growing plants.

Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Retail and Leasing Prisca Teh said, “Active Garden was designed as a dedicated community space for local residents to gather and bond amidst nature. With its focus on bringing the community together, Starbucks shares similar objectives as Gardens by the Bay. Not only does the new Starbucks store at Active Garden complement such shared objectives beautifully, it is also sustainability-focused, just like Gardens by the Bay.”

Starbucks Singapore General Manager Patrick Kwok said, “Since the beginning, Starbucks has been rooted in a mission to nurture human connection. We’re thrilled to open this new store, committed to being a community space for our customers within the lush gardens. With sustainability-focused operations in mind, Starbucks Active Garden is another step taken towards our overall goal to being resource positive.”

Active Garden, which opened in 2022, is a 10,000 square metres purpose-built green space for people across generations to connect with one another through physical, social and learning activities. There is no admission charge for the public to enjoy its facilities, such as the multi-generational fitness equipment, outdoor musical instruments and two lawns. There are also talks, workshops and events held throughout the year to engage the community. A barrier-free space, Active Garden has been awarded the Green Mark Platinum Award.

The first Starbucks store at Gardens by the Bay, which opened in 2021, is located at Golden Garden near the Main Entrance.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Mr Felix Loh and Guest-of-Honour Chancellor of the Singapore University of Social Sciences Madam Halimah Yacob officially open Azaleas of Shangri-La at Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest by putting in place pots of azaleas. Gardens by the Bay CEO Mr Felix Loh and Guest-of-Honour Chancellor of the Singapore University of Social Sciences Madam Halimah Yacob officially open Azaleas of Shangri-La at Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest by putting in place pots of azaleas.

Mystical, magical, mist-shrouded – such words previously used to describe Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest by visitors took on a new meaning today, when horticulturists unveiled their interpretation of the earthly paradise of Shangri-La inside the cooled conservatory.

Azaleas of Shangri-La (香格里拉杜鹃天堂) is Cloud Forest’s new floral display that features more than 15 varieties of brightly coloured azaleas in pink, red, yellow, orange, and cream hues, ranging from shrubs as small as 30cm to as tall as 4m. The show transports visitors into an enchanting landscape inspired by the countries and regions of the Himalayas, which is often touted as the real inspiration for Shangri-La – a fictional utopia first written about by English author James Hilton in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon.

Madam Halimah Yacob, the Chancellor of the Singapore University of Social Sciences officially openedcAzaleas of Shangri-La today, which will run until May 5.

Gardens by the Bay Assistant CEO May Yeo said, “Azaleas of Shangri-La posed a different kind of challenge for horticulturists – how do you bring to life a concept that is essentially fictitious? Inspired by this exciting opportunity, our horticulturists put themselves to the test to bring forth another new and fresh offering for our visitors. We hope to have succeeded in crafting a beautiful existence away from the world at large; one that exudes an atmosphere of wellness and serenity, within the tranquillity of the Cloud Forest.”

One of the highlights is an interpretation of one of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks, the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery. The temple’s white-washed walls and slanted pagoda-style roofs finished in gold have been recreated for the floral display.

The monastery is set amidst a lively Tibetan village. Classic Tibetan infrastructure is adorned with brightly-coloured decorative elements such as paintings, intricate wood carvings and symbols of sacredness, tranquillity and kindness. Vibrant Tibetan lanterns made from colourful paper or silk in rich hues of red, yellow, blue and white, create a festive and joyous atmosphere during celebrations. When lit, they symbolise wisdom and enlightenment, and the dispelling of ignorance. A wooden gazebo is charmingly adorned with azaleas.

An array of traditional herbs, including those native to the Himalayan region such as lingzhi, cordyceps and saffron can also be seen. These herbs bring with them various health benefits – antibacterial and antifungal properties, the ability to boost immunity, treat a variety of disorders, as well as promote overall health and well-being.

Upcoming new offerings in Cloud Forest

Beyond Azaleas of Shangri-La, Gardens by the Bay will be introducing an upcoming series of new offerings in Cloud Forest this year, in line with its objective to provide visitors with fresh experiences.

The Hidden Forest, an immersive, interactive digital art experience that makes flora and fauna of cloud forests come alive, is set to open in mid-2024 – the first major enhancement at Cloud Forest since July 2021. The experience was conceptualised and designed in collaboration with Japan’s NAKED, INC., a creative art and design company known for its interactive art experiences through cutting-edge technologies.

There will also be two new orchid displays putting the spotlight on the Southeast Asian region for the first time. Orchids of Angkor Wat will open in May, followed by a Philippines-themed display in the second half of the year which showcases the archipelago’s rich diversity of orchid species.

Kyoto's iconic Kinkakuji Temple takes centrestage at this year's Sakura floral display at Gardens by the Bay. Kyoto's iconic Kinkakuji Temple takes centrestage at this year's Sakura floral display at Gardens by the Bay.

The ninth edition of Gardens by the Bay’s iconic Sakura floral display marks the first time that visitors can enjoy a day-to-night experience since the debut show in 2016. Inspired by the city of Kyoto, the iconic Kinkakuji Temple takes centrestage, in which visitors can step into and imagine they are within the actual temple – a UNESCO World Heritage site. At night, the floral display is transformed into a landscape inspired by “yozakura” (night sakura) in Japan. At the Gardens, the trees are specially lit and there are light projections that only appear when the sky darkens.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for National Development and Finance Ms Indranee Rajah opened the Sakura floral display this evening with the traditional breaking of a sake barrel. Joining her were Ambassador of Japan to Singapore His Excellency Hiroshi Ishikawa, Gardens by the Bay Chairman Mr Niam Chiang Meng and Gardens by the Bay CEO Mr Felix Loh.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Mr Felix Loh said, “The affection that Singaporeans have for Japanese culture has made our Sakura floral display, now in its ninth year, a beloved event. This year’s edition is especially exciting as we introduce ‘yozakura’, or night sakura, for the first time, offering visitors the chance to also experience cherry blossoms in a different way after dark. Together with the Japanese cultural fringe programmes and the much-anticipated return of Anime Garden, this year’s Sakura season at Gardens by the Bay promises to be an exciting and unforgettable one.”

More than 140 cherry blossom trees amidst quintessential Japanese elements

This year’s floral display features more than 140 cherry blossom trees of over 40 varieties, including crowd favourites such as Prunus Accolade, known for its abundant clusters of pink blooms, Prunus Kiku Shidare with its distinctive weeping form, and Prunus Pendula Rubra which has an umbrella form and bears deep pink to red flowers. Visitors can also expect to see a new European plum blossom species, Prunus domestica, which stands out with its white to pale pink flowers.

The essence of Kyoto is also conveyed through a traditional thatched house like those from Miyama Village, which is known for its peaceful, old-world charm. Elements of Japanese gardens feature in the floral display, such as an engawa, a contemplative veranda found in traditional homes, and the soothing sounds of a sozu, a bamboo water fountain commonly seen in Japanese gardens.

There is the chozuya, a large basin with wooden dippers used to purify oneself before entering sacred shrines and temples as well as ema, small wooden plaques hung at shrines or temples for people to write their prayers or wishes on.

Nestled in the landscape are Ikebana arrangements by local societies, Ikenobo Ikebana Singapore, Singapore Sogetsu Association, and Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135.

At dusk, the Flower Dome transitions into “yozakura”, with soft lights casting a glow on the blossom trees, creating scenes inspired by the night landscapes in many Japanese cities during sakura season. Paper cranes that adorn the entrance of Flower Dome come to life with LED lights, while projections transform the ground into a koi-filled stream or a street where fallen sakura petals are teased by a gentle breeze.

Visitors to the Sakura floral display stand a chance to win a pair of economy class tickets to anywhere in Japan, sponsored by official airline partner All Nippon Airways. Refer to the Annex for details on how to participate.

Japanese cultural activities and the return of Anime Garden

Complementing the Sakura floral display are Japanese cultural programmes on selected weekends beginning tomorrow. Organised in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Singapore’s Japan Creative Centre, the public can see traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, music and dance performances, demonstrations of the mochi-pounding tradition, a screening of Japanese animated film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, and more.

Making a return to the Supertree Grove after a four-year hiatus is Anime Garden. On March 30 and March 31, anime enthusiasts are in for a treat, with a packed weekend schedule that includes appearances by regional cosplay artists such as Baobao, Thames Malerose, Mikki, and Xiaoyukiko, who will also be judges for the popular Cosplay Singles Competition.

Anime Garden will also feature an exciting concert line-up of Japanese artists, including legendary anisong singer Hiroshi Kitadani, known for singing multiple opening themes of the popular anime series One Piece, including the popular We Are!

The marketplace will feature a cosplay hub with booths offering merchandise from cosplayers and unique works by artists and creators from various parts of the region. Additionally, for those who love Japanese cuisine, a broad selection of food and drinks will be available throughout the event.

The Sakura floral display 2024 is supported by official airline partner All Nippon Airways and Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation.

Refer to the Annex for details of the Japanese cultural programmes and Anime Garden.

President Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ms Jane Ittogi, Gardens by the Bay volunteer Ms Genevieve Chan and TOUCH Community Services CEO Mr James Tan lo hei at Gardens by the Bay’s Community Reunion Dinner. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ministry of Communications and Information] President Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ms Jane Ittogi, Gardens by the Bay volunteer Ms Genevieve Chan and TOUCH Community Services CEO Mr James Tan lo hei at Gardens by the Bay’s Community Reunion Dinner. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ministry of Communications and Information]

From this year, Gardens by the Bay will focus on strengthening its role as a People’s Garden by rolling out new initiatives catering to disabled and special needs individuals. This is part of its commitment to be an inclusive garden, incorporating the feedback from various social service agencies on how it can better support the recreational needs of underreached segments of beneficiaries under its Gift of Gardens community outreach initiative.

The initiatives are designed to make the Gardens’ experience more accessible to those who face physical challenges or are cognitively different, such as people with dementia or autism. The efforts will be divided into two categories – “hardware” (such as changes in infrastructure, landscape and operations) and “heartware” (such as fostering an inclusive mindset among staff and volunteers).

The details were announced at the Community Reunion Dinner (团园) held today. This is the first reunion dinner of its kind at Gardens by the Bay where more than 400 beneficiaries from varied backgrounds – children and youth, senior citizens, disadvantaged families, special needs individuals, ex-offenders and migrant workers – came together for a diverse Chinese New Year feast and lo hei.

Organised under Gift of Gardens, the reunion dinner was graced by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, President of the Republic of Singapore and Ms Jane Ittogi. This is the first Gift of Gardens event that President attended as its new Patron.

Gift of Gardens was started in 2012, the same year Gardens by the Bay opened to public, as part of its objective to be a People’s Garden that reaches out to all in the community. Under Gift of Gardens, Singapore residents who may not have the resources to visit or are individuals with disabilities, receive free access to the cooled conservatories. Their visits may also be complemented by guided tours, engagement activities or community events. To date, Gift of Gardens has reached out to more than 200,000 beneficiaries.

Gardens by the Bay Assistant CEO May Yeo said, “As a People’s Garden, Gardens by the Bay constantly seeks to widen our offerings and deepen the engagements especially for the underserved. Over the years, our strengthened interactions with beneficiaries and social service agencies have helped us better appreciate where and how we can do more, so that more people can experience the Gardens in greater ways. Gardens by the Bay is committed to being an inclusive garden for all. Among some of the new initiatives under Gift of Gardens, we will extend our reach to individuals who may face challenges visiting us, such as those with physical disabilities or are cognitively different, and even providing employment opportunities for those who need a place to start.”

More facilities to foster inclusivity

  • A quiet hour in Flower Dome for visitors on the autism spectrum
    To accommodate the needs of visitors on the autism spectrum, Flower Dome will open an hour earlier on the last Saturday of every alternate month with operations tweaked, for example with music and announcements muted. The experience will conclude with a nature-themed workshop in a quiet space. A trial in partnership with St Andrew’s Mission School was recently completed, and there are plans to start this in the second quarter of 2024.
     
  • Priority space for users of personal mobility aids during Garden Rhapsody
    Garden Rhapsody, a music and light show at Supertree Grove, takes place every night at 7.45pm and 8.45pm. The free show is popular with visitors and often sees the Supertree Grove fill up with crowds. A dedicated space is set aside at Supertree Grove for individuals in personal mobility aids like wheelchairs to enjoy the show.
     
  • Sensory trails for the visually impaired
    Gardens by the Bay is in consultation with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped to develop sensory trails in Flower Dome and the outdoor gardens that enable the visually impaired to enjoy nature through their other senses. Conducted by trained Gardens by the Bay volunteers, these trails help participants to experience the Gardens through plants with interesting textures, shapes, sizes and scents. Participants can also learn how such traits are often adaptations that help plants survive in their specific environment. The sensory trails are targeted to begin in October this year.
     
  • Barrier-free access maps for the physically challenged 
    Last year, Gardens by the Bay worked with Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and SG Enable to map out universal access routes to enable wheelchair users to plan routes that enable them to move about easily within its premises. This collaboration is part of SLA’s support for the Enabling Masterplan 2030, which sets out a vision for Singapore to be an inclusive society by 2030. In this pilot initiative, data relating to routes that are barrier-free such as those with wheelchair-accessible covered linkways, ramps, footpaths, pedestrian crossings and overhead bridges with lifts were collected and mapped. Eventually, a barrier-free access routing function will be added to OneMap as an additional mode of wayfinding, to supplement the existing public transport, cycling and driving modes.
     
  • Inclusive children’s playground
    In a collaboration with the Ministry of Social and Family Development, 1,500 sqm of space at the Active Garden community space will be developed into an inclusive children’s playground with play facilities for children including those with disabilities. The new playground is targeted for completion this year.
     
  • A better Gardens experience for seniors, persons living with dementia, and their caregivers
    As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) that was signed, Gardens by the Bay will be leveraging AIC’s expertise to curate enhanced experiences for seniors, especially frailer seniors, persons living with dementia, and their caregivers.

    These efforts include jointly exploring and implementing strategies to make Gardens by the Bay more accessible and enjoyable such as:
    - Promoting initiatives to support and reach out to caregivers of seniors and persons living with dementia, including wellness activities tailored to the needs of caregivers
    - Raising awareness about a new community engagement programme within the Gardens for frailer seniors from the Community Care sector, so that they can enjoy curated activity sessions (e.g. making terrariums) and visits to Flower Dome
    - Piloting a new tailored horticultural therapy programme at nursing homes for residents to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

 

An inclusive mindset for staff and volunteers

Beyond new facilities to strengthen inclusivity, Gardens by the Bay is also working on fostering an inclusive mindset within the organisation.

For example, under the MOU with AIC, Gardens by the Bay will continue with joint efforts in building the capability of its volunteers and frontline staff through training in dementia awareness, activity facilitation and communication skills to better engage with persons living with dementia and frailer seniors.

Gardens by the Bay is also an inclusive employer. In an inaugural collaboration with Autism Resource Centre, the Gardens hired its first batch of special needs individuals as horticultural assistants this month, after a period of training. As part of the horticultural team, they will be working with horticulturists and volunteers in the care and maintenance of Active Garden.

A Community Batik mural symbolising a Gardens for all

A highlight of the Community Reunion Dinner was President Tharman and Mrs Tharman, together with beneficiaries from Fei Yue Community Services, Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped, The Helping Hand and The Salvation Army, putting the finishing touches on the last piece of a five-piece Community Batik.

Special needs artist Nicole Koo from non-profit ART:DIS was commissioned to design the 1.5 m-tall and 4.2 m-wide mural. The Community Batik was split up so that more than 80 individuals from the four social service agencies could work separately to add colour to Nicole’s design, and today was the first time everyone got to see all five pieces put together.

Nicole was also present this evening to assist in completing the last piece of the mural. The completed mural will be displayed at Active Garden for all visitors to enjoy.

Come July 12, visitors to Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome will get to experience a first-of-its-kind exhibition that seamlessly combines multi-sensory immersion and the beauty of nature with Impressions of Monet (印象莫奈).

Centred on the art, life and gardens of the master of Impressionism, the French painter Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), visitors to Flower Dome can experience two distinct but complementary aspects of the exhibition in one location:

  • Impressions of Monet: The Garden(印象莫奈:花园)– a floral display that recreates the landscapes of the renowned gardens of Monet’s home in Giverny, France, that were the subject of many of his paintings
  • Impressions of Monet: The Experience(印象莫奈:体验)– a multi-sensory immersive experience that celebrates the works and life of Monet and his contemporaries


Impressions of Monet is jointly presented by Gardens by the Bay and NEON.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “Nature is therapeutic, beautiful and a constant theme in the life and works of Claude Monet. Gardens by the Bay’s horticulturists were inspired by Monet’s passion for gardening, which is reflected in some of his most iconic paintings, to recreate scenes from his spectacular garden through a tapestry of horticulture and floral artistry. By partnering with NEON, we hope to marry art, nature, and technology to present to our visitors an experience like no other before.”

Executive Chairman & Group CEO of NEON, Ron Tan said, “Lauded as one of the most influential Impressionist painters of the late 19th century, Claude Monet’s dedication to exploring the nuances of light and colour has left an indelible mark in the world of art. NEON is thrilled to embark on this journey of artistic exploration with Gardens by the Bay, to bring to life his remarkable talent in capturing the immediate and transient effects of light and colour, in an immersive showcase that promises to enchant visitors young and old.”


Impressions of Monet: The Garden

Flower Dome’s centre field is transformed several times a year according to the different theme of each changing floral display. For Impressions of Monet: The Garden, the centre field presents landscapes that reflect scenes of Monet’s garden in his home in Giverny, France, which he lived in for 43 years, and where his artistic flair and deep love for gardening came together. 

An artist’s impression of a scene from Impressions of Monet: The Garden, where Monet’s iconic pink house and scenes from its garden will be recreated by horticulturists. An artist’s impression of a scene from Impressions of Monet: The Garden, where Monet’s iconic pink house and scenes from its garden will be recreated by horticulturists.
Other highlights include the Japanese bridge and water lilies – a bloom featured in a floral display for the first time – both well-known features of Monet’s Water Garden. Other highlights include the Japanese bridge and water lilies – a bloom featured in a floral display for the first time – both well-known features of Monet’s Water Garden.

Monet’s iconic pink house and its garden, which still stand today, is the second most visited tourist attraction in the region of Normandy, France. Not only is Monet’s house recreated, but Gardens by the Bay’s horticulturists also recreate scenes from the house’s adjoining garden, which was called Clos Normand, and the land at the bottom of Clos Normand which Monet acquired later and was called the Water Garden. The landscapes of Clos Normand and the Water Garden served as inspirations for Monet’s paintings in his later years.

Through the colour, form, and vibrancy of a carefully curated plant palette, horticulturists bring to life scenes from Clos Normand and the Water Garden. Plants similar to those in Monet’s original gardens, such as hydrangeas, weeping willows, digitalis, daisies, delphiniums and geraniums are featured.

In homage to Monet’s Water Garden, the unusual green Japanese bridge that he was so proud of and is associated with him is recreated, and water lilies are featured in Gardens by the Bay’s floral display for the first time – after all, these are the eponymous subject of one of his most renowned works, the Water Lilies series.


Impressions of Monet: The Experience

Impressions of Monet: The Experience, a multi-sensory experience celebrating the works and life of Claude Monet and his fellow Impressionists, begins as visitors cross over from Flower Dome’s centre field to enter the front façade of the house of Monet. 

An artist’s impression of the façade of Monet’s house, which leads to Impressions of Monet: The Experience. An artist’s impression of the façade of Monet’s house, which leads to Impressions of Monet: The Experience.
Among the highlights are paintings of Monet and his counterparts projected at an enormous scale in a rich, dynamic display of light, colour, sound and fragrance that brings to life the Impressionist movement. Among the highlights are paintings of Monet and his counterparts projected at an enormous scale in a rich, dynamic display of light, colour, sound and fragrance that brings to life the Impressionist movement.

Visitors embark on an immersive adventure into French Impressionism, indulge their senses with the sights and sounds of 19th century Europe as seen through the eyes of Monet and the Impressionist painters.

Set to a powerful classical score and showcasing the full breadth of the Impressionist movement, a stunning display of famous, inspirational images surround the visitor as they get lost in the vibrant colours and intricate details of the Impressionists' works.

Breathtaking paintings are projected at an enormous scale, illuminating the bold brushstrokes of Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and many more. In a rich, dynamic display of light, colour, sound and fragrance, the masterpieces of the Impressionists come to life.

Visitors also have the chance to examine the Impressionists' sources of inspiration via photographs and video displayed alongside their works. 

The intention is for visitors to forge their own paths and find their own meaning as they wander through the galleries, exploring hidden nooks, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives. But for many, the greatest pleasure lies in simply standing still, indulging the senses as waves of sights and sounds, intense and beautiful, wash over them.

Impressions of Monet: The Experience is a multi-sensory experience created and produced by Grande Experiences and uses SENSORY4™ immersive technology to bring art to life through an incredible application of light that even the artists themselves could not have envisaged.  

At the Dahlia Dreams floral display, eight dragons greet visitors, including a 15m-long centrepiece two-storeys high that rises amidst a thousand colourful dahlias At the Dahlia Dreams floral display, eight dragons greet visitors, including a 15m-long centrepiece two-storeys high that rises amidst a thousand colourful dahlias.

In commemoration of the Year of the Wood Dragon, a dragon that reaches the height of two-storeys at 7m tall and stretching 15m across, rises in the centre of Flower Dome amidst more than 1,000 dahlias of 40 varieties. This dragon is the centrepiece of Gardens by the Bay’s Dahlia Dreams floral display, which opens on Friday, January 19.

For the first time, the annual Chinese New Year floral display involved over 30 beneficiaries fromDementia Singapore, made up of persons living with dementia and their caregivers, who came together over the course of a week to create 30 floral arrangements made of preserved hydrangeas, lunarias, and statice in the auspicious colours of red and yellow. These floral arrangements were then incorporated into the body of the dragon centrepiece, forming its “scales”.

Such flower arrangement sessions have therapeutic benefits for individuals with dementia, such as cognitive and sensory stimulation, enhancement of motor skills, and bolstering of self-esteem as well as a sense of purpose. It is also an occasion to make precious memories, which is particularly poignant for those with dementia and their loved ones.

Spanning a variety of Dementia Singapore’s unique services, these participants are clients of namely the Family of Wisdom enrichment programme, the Voices For Hope empowerment programme and the social service agency’s CARA membership programme.

Gardens by the Bay Assistant CEO May Yeo said, “The participation of Dementia Singapore beneficiaries and their caregivers not only added a unique charm to the dragon centrepiece, but we hope we have also provided a beneficial activity to engage them. Chinese New Year is traditionally about family, and it is particularly meaningful how the effort put in by individuals with dementia and family members who are often their caregivers, will in turn contribute to a wonderful experience for visitors and their families to Gardens by the Bay this festive period.”

Dementia Singapore CEO Jason Foo said, “This initiative helps affirm the fact that we all have a role to play in building a more inclusive society. Not only is this a great way to leverage the cognitive benefits of the visual arts for people living with dementia, particularly the natural splendour of floral design, but allowing them to contribute directly to such an important centrepiece is surely as intrinsically rewarding. Ultimately, it should remind those living with the condition that despite dementia, there are many ways to continue living fruitfully. And we hope that fellow members of the public, whom we encourage to be more mindful of dementia and its impact, would subsequently be reminded of their active contribution to the cause.”

Dinnerplate dahlias and other lucky blooms

Gardens by the Bay’s signature dinnerplate dahlias, so-called because some measure up to 25cm in diameter, make a return in the Dahlia Dreams floral display. There will also be dahlias of varied shapes and forms. Varieties of note include:

  • Dahlia ‘Gloriosa’ – Lively red petals splashed on a creamy yellow base, resembling the strokes of an artist's brush.
  • Dahlia ‘ Duet’ – A striking two-toned decorative dahlia with bold purple petals and crisp white tips.
  • Dahlia ‘ Spartacus’ – A bold, monochromatic decorative dahlia characterised by its dramatic deep wine-red petals.
  • Dahlia ‘ Bodacious’ – Petals that boast a gradient of sunset orange at the base, lightening to a sunny yellow toward the tips.
  • Dahlia ‘ Kenora Lisa’ – A delicate, multi-hued decorative dahlia, featuring creamy peach petals from their base, transitioning to blushing soft pink at the tips.


Complementing the dahlias are other Chinese New Year blooms such as celosias, asters, chrysanthemums, cymbidiums, guzmanias, oncidiums, marigolds, pussy willows, hydrangeas, lilies, and camellias.

Eight auspicious dragons in Flower Dome

This year, visitors can look forward to seeing eight dragons in Flower Dome. Flanking the dragon centrepiece are four colourful dragon lantern sets, each symbolising the elements of metal, water, fire and earth, which are deeply rooted in Chinese culture. There is also a pair of dragons captured in mid-dance, embodying the traditional dragon dance performed during Chinese New Year and is believed to bring good luck to people.

Rounding off the dragons is The Bearer of Infinite Blessings, a 6m-tall dragon sculpture specially created by British sculptor James Doran-Webb for the Dahlia Dreams floral display, which welcomes visitors when they enter Flower Dome.

Breathing out smoke and set amidst a water feature, the sculpture is constructed from approximately 2,000 pieces of wood repurposed from dead trees as well as recycled stainless steel and took 9,000 hours to put together. The Bearer of Infinite Blessings symbolises prosperity and renewal this Chinese New Year. After Dahlia Dreams, the sculpture will travel to the United Kingdom to be showcased at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show by The Royal Horticultural Society in May.

To usher in positivity for all visitors, the floral display also features a scene that interprets the Chinese saying 鱼跃龙门, which translates into “carps leap over the dragon gate”, a metaphor for courage and the pursuit of greatness amidst challenges.

To add to the Chinese New Year festivities at Gardens by the Bay, visitors can look forward to River Hongbao 2024 in the outdoors, which will be returning from February 8 to February 17 for its fourth edition at the Gardens. Highlights include a 140m-long dragon lantern stretched across two Supertrees and suspended 5m above ground at the Supertree Grove, and an 18m-tall God of Fortune. 

A Gardens by the Bay volunteer shares with Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration Desmond Lee about Gardens by the Bay’s various activities at Volunteers Appreciation Night. A Gardens by the Bay volunteer shares with Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration Desmond Lee about Gardens by the Bay’s various activities at Volunteers Appreciation Night.

From April this year, Gardens by the Bay volunteers who have undergone training in geragogy to better engage with senior visitors, will get to apply their newfound skills in workshops they will be running under the Intergenerational Learning Programme with Council for Third Age (C3A). This is a cross-generational collaboration where the volunteers will conduct courses for seniors, such as terrarium making, together with youth volunteers.

This is just one initiative that is part of Gardens by the Bay’s efforts to add to the breadth of experiences available to its volunteers – not all of whom work with plants. In fact, its volunteers are active in various areas beyond horticulture, for example in interfacing with visitors in customer service roles, an opportunity for volunteers that started two years ago. This is part of Gardens by the Bay’s aim to cultivate a broader definition of community stewardship of a national garden, so that it involves a diverse cross-section of the community to help run one of the foremost gardens in the world.

The new initiatives were announced by Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration Desmond Lee at Gardens by the Bay’s Volunteers Appreciation Night held today.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “As a national garden, we hope individuals from all segments of our communities will be attracted to volunteer with us. We hope to grow our volunteer base beyond traditional plant lovers to include other passionate members of our community, to serve in different domain areas like education, outreach, and even customer service. Our volunteers not only bring along their wealth of experience and skills with them, but also fresh ideas and enthusiasm to co-create an international icon which we can be proud of.”

Gardens by the Bay currently has over 1,000 volunteers, of which about 500 are regulars who volunteer at least once every quarter. Over the next three years, the Gardens aims to double the number of regular volunteers to 1,000.

New initiatives for volunteers in 2024

The new initiatives that Gardens by the Bay will be rolling out this year to engage volunteers come under a partnership with C3A and cover three broad areas.

  • Gardens by the Bay aims to increase the number of senior volunteers through C3A’s network, with the goal of recruiting 120 senior Service Ambassadors over the next two years.
  • Over the next three years with support from the Silver Volunteer Fund, more than 500 volunteers and Gardens’ staff will undergo training programmes including geragogy workshops, intended to help trainees learn techniques to adapt to seniors’ specific learning characteristics, and also how better to engage them using technology and online tools.
  • To foster active aging, Gardens by the Bay and C3A will organise regular programmes at the Active Garden community space. This will give volunteers more opportunities to use their newfound skills, picked up from the training, to engage with seniors.


From seniors, plans are also underway to bring on board more young people as volunteers too, to further diversify the volunteer pool at Gardens by the Bay.

Different backgrounds, different skillsets

Volunteers Appreciation Night was a celebration of the contributions of the many volunteers at Gardens by the Bay, who have been involved in various aspects of the Gardens through the years, in areas such as horticulture, education, community outreach and customer service. When volunteers come from a cross-section of backgrounds, they bring with them different experiences that add value to how they can contribute.

Take Hossine Md Mukul for example. Mukul is a migrant worker from Bangladesh who has been in Singapore for the last 14 years and works as a commercial painter. Last year, he started to volunteer to lead tours for migrant workers to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, making the experience special for them since he can explain the finer points in Bengali. It all began in 2021, when Mukul attended a tour of the cooled conservatories as part of Gardens by the Bay’s efforts to integrate the migrant worker community in collaboration with The Salvation Army. He found the experience so meaningful that he wanted to pay it forward.

Poon Siew Luan, a child psychologist before she retired, has volunteered at Gardens by the Bay since 2016. She often tells other volunteers to introduce colours when facilitating activities that require them to engage with young children, as this is important for improving memory and supporting emotional regulation. Such knowledge stems from her 25 years of experience working with special needs children and those with learning difficulties, and is one way she translates a lifetime of professional skills into her current volunteer work.