Rose Romance

An idyllic Italian summer filled with roses comes to Flower Dome with Rose Romance, held in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore. The floral display celebrates the beauty of the queen of flowers through a plethora of rose varieties in a landscape inspired by Italy, such as the narrow, winding alleyways of Italian towns, and the rustic, arcadian feel of its countryside. In a nod to the Italian origins of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most enduring love stories of all time, there will be a representation of Verona's famous Juliet balcony, so couples can recreate the famous scene from the play!

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Opening Hours

Fri, 13 May 2022 - Sun, 12 Jun 2022

9.00am - 9.00pm

Admission Ticket Prices

Admission charge to Flower Dome applies

Location

Flower Dome

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Highlights

Gazebo

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Take a photo with the gazebo in the midst of a rose garden at the viewing gallery. A gazebo is a free standing structure or one attached to a garden wall, roofed and open on all sides, providing those using it for shade, shelter and rest a good view. 

Juliet’s Balcony

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There is a 13th century house in Verona, Italy, where Juliet from Romeo and Juliet is said to have lived, even though Shakespeare who wrote the play never visited Verona, and his characters never existed. The house, a former inn, is now known as the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) and is one of Verona’s main tourist attractions. Despite being purely fictional, each year, thousands of people flock to it and cover the walls beneath the balcony with love notes in the hope of being with their true love forever.

The famous “balcony scene” in Romeo and Juliet sees Romeo sneaking into the orchard garden of Juliet’s family house and overhearing her at her window vowing her love to him. She wishes Romeo bore a family name other than Montague, her family’s sworn enemy, and laments that a rose would smell just as sweet if it were called by any other name.

Imagine yourselves as the star-crossed lovers professing their love for one another at Juliet’s balcony at the Mediterranean Garden!

Image: Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, Italy

Love is in the Air

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Characterised by small and narrow picturesque cobbled and stone streets that often climb up to heights overlooking panoramic views, getting lost in the alleys and lanes of Italy is one of the best ways to discover the wonders of the place. Or feel the wind in your hair as you cruise through breathtaking Italian landscapes on a Vespa, like the one you see on display. Not just a scooter, it is one of the great icons of Italian style and elegance.

Feel the love in the air as you pose in front of the beautiful floral arch made out of roses! Throughout the display, Gardens by the Bay is partnering with a different florist each week - Bucket Full of Roses, Fiore Dorato, Friday’s Garden, The Interior Collections and Wild Matters.

Enhancing the beauty of the centre field is a water fountain, an essential element of an Italian garden. The trickling of water serves to create a sense of peace and serenity.

Secret Garden

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There is something about the prospect of venturing into a secret garden that is alluring. Many a novel and film features a walled garden, hidden from plain sight, its pretty paths quiet and secluded. What lies behind those walls? Something fantastical and full of wonder?

Many Italian gardens contain a secret garden, an enclosed private space inspired by the cloisters of Medieval monasteries. It may take the form of a vine draped pergola (an outdoor garden feature forming a shaded walkway) or just a tucked-away bench or a grotto, an artificial cave filled with sculpture and sometimes furnishings. 

Roses

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Roses are a perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, belonging to the Rosaceae family. Found primarily in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, most species of roses are native to Asia and Oceania, with a smaller group found in North America, Europe and northwest Africa.

There are over 150 species of roses and thousands of hybrids. There is no definitive way to categorise roses but they are usually divided into groups according to their history and parentage.

The rose is the most popular flower in the world. Symbolising love and passion, it is also commonly used to represent beauty, politics and war.

Ever wondered why delicate plants like roses have “thorns”? Prickles, which is the more accurate term, are found on most stems of roses as a defence mechanism to protect them from being eaten by animals. They are also an adaptation for some rose varieties where they act as “hooks” to secure the rose to surrounding taller vegetation or even supporting structures like a trellis.

Types of Roses

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Climbing Roses

Also referred to as “rambling” roses, climbing roses have sturdy and upright (sometimes arching) canes, which can be trained when provided support. These canes can grow up to 4.5 metres, reaching great heights along a trellis wall, garden fence and arbours and pergolas. In general, climbing roses tend to produce more flowers when grown horizontally rather than vertically. 

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Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid tea roses are one of the most popular classes of roses with their bountiful, ornate blooms that sprout from long stems and reach anywhere from 30 to 50 petals. They create a dazzling display in any garden, and horticulturists have bred thousands of hybrid varieties. 

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Floribunda Roses

Floribunda roses are another favourite rose class. They offer a bouquet on every branch as they appear in clusters rather than a single flower per stem. A cross between polyantha species roses and hybrid teas, they combine hardiness, free flowering, and showy, usually fragrant blooms.  

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Miniature Roses

Perfectly scaled, smaller versions of larger roses, miniature roses have all the colours, forms, substance and often, fragrance of full-sized roses. They can reach between 15 and 120 centimetres in height, and have a bushy, compact, climbing or cascading shape. Miniature roses are just as attractive as their larger counterparts, and in most cases, easier to grow. 


Italian Countryside

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Be transported to the south of Italy when you stroll along the boardwalk in the flower field. Get a taste of regions rich with farms and vineyards and where much wine is produced as you take in the wine barrels and the farmhouse in the valley.

Picture a couple in love enjoying a romantic picnic on the back of an open truck on a sunny afternoon, before riding off into the sunset on bicycles on a cypress lined road snaking its way through fields of wheat and flowers.