Ring in the year of the Metal Ox and bask in prosperity and good fortune at Dahlia Dreams!
Featuring auspicious elements and symbols, this ever popular floral display ushers in new beginnings filled with good luck and positivity. Stroll through a field of about 2,000 pretty dahlias of mixed varieties, all grown in-house for the very first time by our own horticulturists alongside a host of Lunar New Year floral favourites such as azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums.
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 - Sun, 21 Feb 2021
9:00am - 9:00pm
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies
Walk through the golden moon gates and admire more than 200 red lanterns from within the lantern globe! A moon gate is a circular opening in a garden wall that acts as a passageway for visitors and is a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens. Apart from serving as an inviting entrance into the garden, it often frames an intimate garden scene.
Lanterns play a big part in the Lunar New Year, adorning streets, buildings and doors of houses during the festival. Symbols of luck and prosperity, they also signify the reunion of people.
The colour red symbolises good fortune and happiness in Chinese culture, while yellow or gold corresponds to earth, symbolising royalty and is reserved for the emperor. Apart from colours, shapes are also important symbols. A circle stands for “fulfilment”, “oneness”, “perfection” and “unity”.
How many circles can you spot at the lantern globe display?
Legend of Nian and Lion Dance
The lion dance is performed during the Lunar New Year, and is associated with the legend of Nian, a bestial creature that terrorised a village in China. According to legend, on the eve of every Lunar New Year, an unidentifiable animal would destroy the fields, crops and animals belonging to the villagers. They named it Nian, meaning “year” in Chinese.
Over time, the villagers discovered that Nian was afraid of loud noises, bright lights and the colour red. In order to put a stop to the ravaging, they made a model of the creature out of bamboo and paper, had two fearless men manipulate it, and loudly beat instruments and set off firecrackers. Nian was successfully driven away.
Henceforth, the lion dance was performed on the eve of Lunar New Year with drums, cymbals and gongs. Believed to chase away evil spirits and bring good fortune and wealth, it is also performed during auspicious occasions such as the launch of new businesses and welcoming of important persons.
12 Chinese Zodiac Animals
In Chinese astrology, the year you were born in determines the zodiac animal that rules your sign. There are 12 different animal signs in a rotating 12-year cycle – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
One is said to possess the characteristics or traits of the animal whose sign one is born under.
A Chinese pavilion is a structure without walls but with columns supporting the roof. Usually built using wood, stone or bamboo, they are often categorised according to their shape when viewed from above. Round pavilions signify perfection and unity, rectangular pavilions denote laws and regulations, and hexagonal ones signify longevity. The colours of the roof tiles are also significant – red symbolises good fortune and joy, green represents vigour and longevity, while yellow corresponds with earth and is the imperial colour.
Surrounded by various festive plants commonly associated with the season, this Lunar New Year will be unforgettable with a trip to our magnificent floral display.
Native to Mexico and Central America, dahlias are perennial root tubers belonging to one of the largest flowering plant families, Asteraceae, or the sunflower family. Rivalled only by the orchid family, they are related to chrysanthemums, gerberas, daisies, and marigolds to name a few.
There are around 30 dahlia species, and thousands of different cultivars and hybrids. With the exception of blue, dahlias come in a wide variety of colours, with variegated and bi-colour ones as well. They range in size from tiny dahlia inflorescences 5 centimetres in diameter, to “dinner plate” ones measuring 25 centimetres across!
Native to East Asia, chrysanthemums or “mums” belong to the Asteraceae or sunflower family and consist of over 200 species, with more varieties being developed each year. They come in a wide spectrum of colours, sizes and forms.
Obsessed with the chrysanthemum, the Greeks called it “Gold Flower”, picking the words chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower) for its name. Its refined beauty also makes it one of the “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese and East Asian art.
Commonly called Plumed Cockscomb or Feather Celosia, Celosia plumosa features narrow, feathery, flame-like heads consisting of tiny, densely-packed flowers. They come in vivid colours – orange, red, yellow and purple. The flower heads may appear artificial, and can be deemed as gaudy by some gardeners.
A flowering shrub in the genus Rhododendron, Azalea is part of the Ericaceae family and native to several continents – Asia, Europe and North America. Its showy, white, red or pink flowers bloom in spring and often last for several weeks.