Around this time each year, Gardens by the Bay holds its very popular Mid-Autumn celebrations with giant lanterns lighting up the garden grounds.
You would think that inside the cooled conservatories, particularly the Flower Dome that houses seasonal events throughout the year, there would be a mid-autumn festival related floral display as well? But no. This year, Gardens by the Bay surprised us (or me at least) by holding a totally unrelated floral display at the Flower Dome: Tribal Tempo.
The moment we entered the flower dome, we were greeted by a jeep surrounded by giraffes – big and small. That’s when I realised we were in for a South African safari adventure!
The centrepiece of the floral display was a lion standing atop a mountain with a mini waterfall cascading below. With the tribal music playing in the background, I felt like I had entered a scene of The Lion King.
Clearly I wasn’t the only one, because the tourist next to me was singing “The Circle of Life!
And at the bottom of the waterfall, there was even smoke coming out from the stream, adding to the atmosphere.
After Blossom Beats at the start of the year, the following floral displays at Flower Dome haven’t been emphasizing much on the decorations. Until now.
Throughout the floral display, you could find displays related to South African animals and musical instruments.
Even replicas of rock art done by the indigenous people of South Africa.
But what I loved most were the animals grazing in the flower plain.
Elephants, crocodiles, rhinos…
Surrounded by beautiful colourful flowers native to South Africa.
As for the flowers on display, it wasn’t as dense as the past few floral displays, but in a way I liked it this way.
The display was well-signed and you could easily match the signs to the flowers and read more about each flower.
I think the most common flower at the display were the Gerberas.
Just like at the floral shops, you can find them in all sorts of different colours here.
I was also surprised to find Calla lilies. I mentioned before during Lilytopia that I LOVE Calla lilies. But as much as I liked them, I never realised they were native to South Africa.
Somehow I was under the impression that native South African flowers were vibrant and colourful with sharp petals like the ones below.
Don’t ask me why I have this impression of South African flowers. Maybe it’s because the majority of the flowers at Tribal Tempo looked like that.
There were also others that didn’t fit the profile, like this one called Erica Sp.
Or these ones called ‘Tall Blue’.
One of my favourite flowers at the display were the Serruria florida x Rosea. I always have a thing for flowers that are puffy and round.
I also loved the leucospermum, which was so shiny it looked like it had led lights running through it.
And the king of the show was the protea cynaroides, also called ‘Pink King’.
It looked nothing like what I have ever seen before.
The centre of the flower looked so wooly.. Like a ball of yarn!
It was not all just about the flowers. There were also native trees brought into the display.
And I spotted aloe vera! Yummy!
On the whole, I enjoyed our little safari tour at Flower Dome and would highly recommend it.
If you are visiting Gardens by the Bay this weekend with your kids, don’t forget to bring their lanterns! Because each child who brings along a lantern and shows it at the ticketing counter outside the Conservatories between September 3 and September 18, from 5pm to 8.30pm, can redeem a free ticket to both Conservatories!
Information on Tribal Tempo:
Date: 9 Sep 2016 – Sun, 30 Oct 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm Daily
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
Credit card discount: Use OCBC credit card for 15% discount.
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