Fri, 24 Jun 2022 - Sun, 14 Aug 2022
9.00am - 9.00pm
Go on an adventure to the Netherlands and rediscover summertime when whimsical hydrangeas bloom in this first-ever hydrangea floral display in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy and JOURNEY by TOUCH Community Services. Comprising over 20 varieties of hydrangeas, these opulent flowers colour the pastoral countryside in shades of the Dutch flag. Be charmed by the traditional landscape replete with windmills, canals, townhouses, and a lighthouse inspired by the iconic red-and-white West Schouwen Lighthouse, which is one of the largest and tallest in the Netherlands.
For the first time, paintings by artists with special needs from TOUCH Centre for Independent Living will be showcased amidst a floral display. Featuring hydrangeas and other blooms, and drawing inspiration from the Dutch landscape and Gardens by the Bay, these colourful works of art will be available for sale through a silent auction.
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 - Sun, 14 Aug 2022
9.00am - 9.00pm
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies
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The resident bears of Gardens by the Bay are going on a summer holiday to Holland to see the hydrangeas! See if you can spot all eight bears amongst the hydrangeas, most of which came from Holland! This is the Gardens’ third collaboration with the Dutch embassy on a floral display in Flower Dome.
Hydrangeas from Holland are some of the best and have enormous flower heads, making them an incredible selection for weddings and other events. Available all summer long, they come in a broad palette of colours from white, to pink, lavender and blue.
Follow Fun Felix and Precious Peggy on their flight to Holland! They have arranged to meet their friends to not just view the pretty hydrangeas, but tour different Dutch attractions such as the Amsterdam townhouses, the Dutch farms, windmills and canals, and the Westerlichttoren, a lighthouse in Haamstede, Netherlands.
Image: Hydrangeas along Amsterdam’s historic canals
Naughty Nicholas may be mischievous, but when it comes to Dutch mini pancakes, he’s serious about his craft! Known as Poffertjes (pronounced poff-er-jes), they are made from yeast and buckwheat flour, and enjoyed hot with butter and powdered sugar. Easily found in markets in Amsterdam, especially at the popular Albert Cuyp Market, this fluffy traditional Dutch treat has travelled and appeared in places all over the world!
Image: Freshly baked Poffertjes
The picturesque narrow townhouses lining Amsterdam’s canal rings are one of the most iconic features of the city’s inner urban centre. During the 17th century, Amsterdam experienced a massive economic boom, which led to the creation of its concentric canal belt to encourage water traffic and enable goods to be rapidly transported around the city. Many wealthy traders hence decided to relocate to central Amsterdam, and were provided extremely narrow plots by the municipality in order to cram as many houses as possible onto the banks. Many of these landowners decided to use their homes not just as residences, but as storage units and places of business.
Image: Amsterdam townhouses
The Netherlands is home to 1.58 million dairy cows and calves with a yearly production of 14 billion kg of milk! Originating from an area at the top of the Netherlands, known as ‘Friesland’, Holstein Friesian is recognised as the world’s highest producing dairy cow with a long production life. Friesian cattle are easily recognisable by their distinctive black and white markings, but may also be red and white in colour.
Image: Grazing Holstein Friesian
Almost half of the cheese production in Holland is devoted to the iconic Gouda (or “How-da” as the locals say), making it the Netherland’s most important and best-known cheese. Named after the city of Gouda, it is a semi-hard cheese celebrated for its rich, unique flavour and smooth texture. Active Anton is hungry after a day of sightseeing and is ecstatic to see lots of cheese awaiting him!
Image: Dutch Gouda
Knowledgeable Ken wants to tell Playful Prisca more about the windmills in the Netherlands, but all she wants to do is pose in front of it! The Netherlands is famous for its windmills, which have played a crucial role in the development of the country. With their vanes known as sails or blades, they convert wind energy into rotational energy.
Apart from windmills, the Netherlands is also known for its navigable canals. Used for travel, irrigation and water removal, some parts of the country do not even have streets, just canals! Giethoorn is one such town where there are only canals!
Image: Traditional Dutch windmill at Kinderdijk,
a village in the province of South Holland
One of the largest lighthouses in the Netherlands, measuring 53 metres above ground level and with a light height of 58 metres above sea level, the Westerlichttoren or West Schouwen is located in Haamstede, a village in the Dutch province of Zeeland. The lighthouse’s striking red and white spiral was applied about a century after its construction when the airport Haamstede was built in 1934 so that pilots could see it from afar.
Adventurous Andy insisted on getting in a rowboat so he could see the lighthouse up close!
Image: Westerlichttoren in Haamstede
With gorgeous ball-like blooms and glossy leaves, Hydrangea macrophylla, also known as bigleaf hydrangea, is one of the most popular landscape shrubs. In addition, it is also part of houseplant collections, and serves as a popular cut flower choice for centrepieces or bouquets.
Image: Hydrangea macrophylla
The large mophead flowers of Hydrangea macrophylla are made up of individual blooms that are relatively inconspicuous but enhanced by a ring of bracts (or modified leaves) around each flower. The striking colours are from these modified leaves, designed to attract pollinators.
Hydrangea macrophylla are well known for their ability to change colour according to the pH value of the soil they’re in. When the soil is acidic, the flowers are blue or dark purple in colour. When the soil is alkaline, the flowers are pink in colour and when the soil is neutral, the flowers are white or pale green in colour.
Image: Hydrangeas as a bouquet
Commonly called panicle hydrangeas, Hydrangea paniculata, unlike bigleaf hydrangeas, are very adaptable and easy to grow. The blooms are nothing short of spectacular - large, elongated, conical flower clusters top each stem. They are incredibly long-lasting, often exhibiting a dramatic colour change from white, to pink and ultimately brown. This, however, is not because of the pH level of the soil like in the case of Hydrangea macrophylla, but based on how much moisture the plant is getting and the night time temperatures throughout the season.
Image: Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangeas commonly come in white, pink, blue and purple, and each colour signifies different emotions. Send some to a friend or that special someone to let them know how you feel about them!
White hydrangeas are a symbol of purity, grace and abundance. They are also often sent as a status symbol representing wealth to brag or boast.
Pink hydrangeas symbolise love and sincerity. Send these to someone you have deep affection for or use them as decorations when you wish to celebrate love!
Blue hydrangeas represent forgiveness, regret and rejection, so think twice before sending these blue stems to a loved one! You wouldn’t want to cause confusion!
Purple hydrangeas signify the desire to deeply understand someone, so you know whom to send these to! They also symbolise abundance, elegance and royalty.
JOURNEY is a Singapore brand that represents the creative talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Through this platform, the artwork of artists with special needs from TOUCH Community Services are recognised. JOURNEY currently supports some 60 artists who will earn an income from the sale of their art, and gain access to opportunities for collaborations that showcase their talent and tenacity.
27 artists have created 50 unique artworks inspired by the Gardens and Hydrangea Holidays. Scan the QR code beside each artwork if you’d like to bid for it via a silent auction. Funds raised will go directly to TOUCH Community Services and the artists.
In addition to the gallery of artworks, admire the Wishing Tree, covered with origami windmills folded from paper which features a design of lines and drips by Eugene Lim, one of JOURNEY’s special artists. Folded by beneficiaries and volunteers in the Gardens’ Gift of Gardens programme, they carry well wishes for a post-Covid world.
For more information on the silent auction, visit https://journeyspecial.com/hydrangea-silent-auction/
Eugene is a caring friend who takes the initiative to help his peers when they are in need. He enjoys solving word search puzzles and attending visual art and cooking classes. Eugene is diagnosed with Intellectual Disability and Multiple Congenital Deformities.
Artwork: Lines and Drips by Eugene Lim