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Rhododendron Radiance 2019

  • Showcased for the first time in a floral display at Gardens by the Bay, rhododendrons are among the showiest flowering shrubs admired for their big, beautiful and bright blooms. Amidst this lush and vibrant landscape filled with over 80 varieties of rhododendrons in white, yellow, orange and red, spot the Gardens' adorable bear mascots soaking up the great outdoors. From camping and fishing to zip-lining and hot air ballooning, join in the adventure as you explore this colourful display.

Event Details

  • Fri, 27 Sep 2019 – Mon, 28 Oct 2019

  • Daily 9.00am - 9.00pm

  • Flower Dome

  • Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.

Watch the video for a preview of Rhododendron Radiance!

RHODODENDRONS AND AZALEAS - The blooming marvels in Flower Dome

There are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons that can be found in both temperate forests and tropical rainforests in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, but over 80 varieties seen in this floral display hail from New Zealand! These rhododendrons are of the temperate variety which prefer a cooler climate and differ from the humidity-loving tropical vireya rhododendrons that can be found in the Cloud Forest.

The rhododendron derives its name from the Greek words for ‘rose’ and ‘tree’. These mostly evergreen plants are cultivated mainly for landscaping purposes as they come in attractive colours, such as orange, pink, purple, red, yellow and white. Spot the many colours as you trek through the rhododendron display!

Azalea mollis
All the azaleas featured in the display are of the deciduous variety and like the rhododendrons, they too come from New Zealand. Deciduous azaleas are taller than their evergreen cousins and are able to grow up to 1.5m in height given the right conditions.

Azalea mollis are hybrids that were originally developed in Belgium and Holland. These hybrids have large clusters of 7 to 13 flowers and their leaves develop gorgeous fall colours in autumn, making them a popular choice for ornamental gardens. These sun-loving plants have scented blooms that come in brilliant colours, such as orange, pink, purple, red, yellow and white. Keep a look out for these vibrant hues as you explore this rhododendron reserve.

Azalea mollis

Spot the difference: Rhododendrons and Azaleas

  • Rhododendrons and azaleas look similar and are easily confused with each other but there are a few simple ways to tell them apart. The features that set azaleas apart from rhododendrons are their flower structure and leaves.

  • Rhododendron Azalea
    Rhododendrons bloom in large clusters and have bell-shaped flowers that contain ten or more stamens. Azaleas typically have one to three flowers at the end of each stem, and each funnel-shaped bloom has around five to six stamens.

    Larger bell-shaped bloom

    Cluster flowering and 10 stamens

    Smaller funnel-shaped bloom

    1-3 flowers per stem and 5 stamens
    Rhododendrons have larger and thicker leaves. There may be scales on the underside of the leaves of some species as well! Azalea leaves are smaller, thinner, and usually hairy.

    Larger leathery leaves

    Smaller leaves

Curious to find out more?

  • Pick up a “Rhododendron Radiance" Garden Trail for more information or join us for “ASK Me!” tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating facts and anecdotes about the floral display.
  • 27 Sep - 28 Oct 2019
  • Daily at 11.00am and 3.00pm (2.00pm – 5.00pm on 5, 6, 19, 20 Oct)
  • Details:

    • Guided tours are free, but admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
    • Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
    • Tours will begin when a group of 5 or more visitors are assembled.
    • To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field.
    • Tours will not be conducted on Flower Dome closure dates.

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Membership Promotion

Local Resident's Exclusive
Pioneer / Merdeka Generation Cardholders enjoy 2-year Friends of the Gardens membership for the price of 1
In recognition of our Pioneer and Merdeka Generations who have contributed to building our nation, Pioneer and Merdeka Generation Cardholders can enjoy a 2-year Friends of the Gardens Senior membership for the price of 1.


Terms & Conditions (Friends of the Gardens Senior Membership Promotion for Pioneer and Merdeka Generations)

  • Applicable only for Pioneer/Merdeka Generation Cardholders who sign up or renew a 2-year Friends of the Gardens (Senior) membership at the regular price of one membership between 1 Sep 2019 and 31 May 2020. Not applicable for a combination of separate 1-year Senior memberships for two individuals, nor for a one-year Senior membership at half-price (i.e. $30).
  • Applicable only for Senior membership category. 
  • Valid for both walk-in and online applications. For on-site application at Friends of the Gardens Centre, please present your Pioneer/Merdeka Generation Card/eCard to enjoy this exclusive promotion. For online application at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/friends, please key in the promotion code PGMG and present your Pioneer/Merdeka Card/eCard at the time of card collection for verification. 
  • Not applicable for the purchase of membership gift cards and vouchers.
  • Not valid in conjunction with other membership promotions, discounts and concession rates and card privileges.
  • Terms and conditions of Friends of the Gardens programme apply.
  • Gardens by the Bay reserves the right to change or amend the terms and conditions of this promotion at any time without prior notice. 

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