Sat, 23 Sep - Sun, 1 Oct 2023
Singapore’s Largest Flower Carpet opens at 6.00pm on Sat, 23 Sep 2023.
Come September 23, Gardens by the Bay is set to unveil the largest Flower Carpet in Singapore! Paying tribute to the multicultural richness of Singapore and painstakingly assembled by the Gardens’ horticulturists, volunteers and community, a medley of colourful blooms will form a circular, batik-inspired pattern spanning 34.2m across that honours our national flower, the Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim. Don’t miss the debut of this floral art piece that showcases the creativity and spirit of Singapore – due to the ephemeral nature of flowers, the Flower Carpet will only be on show for nine days!
The showcase will be lighted from 6.30pm to 10.00pm for great photos day and night.
Sat, 23 Sep - Sun, 1 Oct 2023
In collaboration with the renowned local Rangoli (a traditional Indian art form) artist, Mdm Vijaya Mohan, the Gardens team designed a flower carpet that symbolises Singapore's multicultural heritage, featuring Singapore's national flower, Papilionanthe (syn. Vanda) Miss Joaquim, and elements that represents the four main ethnic groups in Singapore.
The flower carpet design also includes two “petals” featuring the Gardens’ logo, and the red and white colours of the Singapore flag, emphasising the connection of one people, one nation, and our world of Gardens for all to own, enjoy and cherish.
Papilionanthe (syn. Vanda) Miss Joaquim
Declared the national flower of Singapore in 1981 as part of an overall effort to foster national pride and identity, Papilionanthe (syn. Vanda) Miss Joaquim was chosen for its vibrant colours, hardiness and resilience, qualities that reflect the Singapore Spirit.
Samanea saman (Rain Tree)
Extensively cultivated as a wayside tree in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, the Rain Tree holds a special place locally as it is an easily recognisable part of our urban landscape with its massive umbrella-shaped, widely spreading crown, and reflects the city’s commitment to urban greening and sustainability.
A species of orchids native to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, Spathoglottis plicata are known for their colourful, attractive flowers, which come in shades of purple, pink, white and yellow, and are commonly known as Malayan ground orchid.
Synonymous with the Malay and Peranakan community, and the Singapore Girl, batik is a wax resistant-dyeing technique, applied onto plain fabric using copper stamps or drawn by hand. The version of batik that Singapore knows of today originates from Java, Indonesia. The word batik comes from the Javanese words amba, meaning “to write” and titik, meaning “to dot”.
Red lanterns hold significant cultural and symbolic importance in Chinese culture. They are commonly associated with various traditional Chinese celebrations and festivals, such as Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). The bright red colour symbolises prosperity, happiness and good luck.
The colour yellow holds significant cultural and symbolic importance in Indian culture. Often associated with life, spirituality and festivals, it is prominently featured in Diwali (the Festival of Lights), during which oil lamps (often yellow or gold) are lit and used to decorate homes. They symbolise the victory of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil.
Ketupat is a traditional rice dish in Malay culture, typically associated with festive occassions, particularly Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Haji. It is made by wrapping rice in green woven palm leaves and then boiling or steaming it. The green colour has cultural and symbolic significance – an association with growth and prosperity and harmony with nature.
In Eurasian culture, bells have various meanings and purposes and hold both religious and secular significance. Frequently used in religious rituals and ceremonies, the sound of bells is often considered sacred and mark significant moments in service. Bells are also commonly used in festive celebrations as they are believed to ward off evil and bring good luck.