Last year, the first floral display we visited at the Flower Dome was Dahlia Dreams. That was the first time I heard of Dahlias.
It was then that I fell in love with these dreamy flowers.
I looked forward to seeing all the beautiful Dahlias that I saw last year again. And was happy to find the ones that were shaped like little balls – they were my favourite!
In this year’s Dahlia Dreams, I felt the focus was less so on the Dahlias but more on the decorations.
For most seasonal floral displays at Gardens by the Bay‘s flower dome, they occupied three main areas. The first area was the entrance foyer. Where we were greeted by an attractive Chinese Garden between two moon gates.
It must be because we just returned from Thailand where we stayed in a little Hobbit Town. Because I couldn’t help feeling like the moon gates looked like Hobbit houses.
But okay, that’s about where the resemblance to Middle Earth ended. Between the gates were a beautiful display of dahlias and other flowers like chrysanthemum.
Since we were welcoming the year of the Rooster, there were no lack of Rooster ornaments around the little Chinese garden.
Oh yes, I took plenty of photos of the roosters. Because Rooster Year is my year! Woohoo… Go ahead, guess my age.
If you guessed that I’m 24 this year, you’re absolutely right.
Moving on, we found ourselves going through a giant Chinese gate.
I don’t think the flowers that were used to decorate the gate were dahlias? Which is why I said at the start that I felt this year’s Dahlia Dreams’ focus was not so much on the dahlias.
There were mandarin oranges and chrysanthemums and orchids. Anyway I didn’t really care whether they were dahlias or not. As long as they looked pretty. And this year’s decorations were definitely pretty!
Walking past the gate, we continued our stroll through the flower dome.
No idea if these flowers were dahlias. I thought they looked pretty and dahlia-ish, so I just took photos of them.
We passed by the tunnels which were permanent structures at the flower dome, but they have put up Chinese lanterns to decorate them.
And we finally arrived at the main display area!
There’s no way you could miss all the many cute chicks (hmm, that sounds a bit wrong) and rooster decorations around.
And I loved that they had a mix of cartoonish roosters and not-so-cartoonish roosters. Like this giant chinese ink painting of a rooster.
You know, I think Gardens by the Bay should have a contest. How many roosters / chickens / chicks can you find altogether in the flower dome? I think the kids would love it.
The centrepiece of the display was a 3-tier pagoda covered with colourful flowers.
Just like the tower we saw recently at Merry Medley, you could go into the bottom of the pagoda to take photos.
And in front of the pagoda, there was a pretty little pond surrounded by flowers.
To complement the pagoda, there was also a small pavilion.
I absolutely loved the lanterns and lamp that they hung around the pagoda and pavilion.
And yes, let’s get back to the flowers. The display was made up of a mixture of dahlias, begonias, chrysanthemum and other flowers that I can’t name.
And I’m pretty sure I spotted some hibiscus.
There were also some bonsai.
And what tickled me most were the sunflowers – which I thought was a little random. I would have gotten more excited over the sunflowers, if not for the fact that we just came back from visiting sunflower fields in Thailand.
And finally at the display area just before the exit, there was a whole row of sunflowers!
I loved this year’s Dahlia Dreams display, despite the lack of Dahlias per say.
I really loved all the decoration pieces. The decorations, together with the Chinese New Year music playing in the background, brought a strong festive vibe to the flower dome.
So if you’re looking for activities to keep yourselves occupied this long Chinese New Year weekend, do drop by Gardens by the Bay for Dahlia Dreams! Not just will you be treated to a stunning visual floral display at the flower dome, you can catch some traditional performances around the gardens!
Information on Dahlia Dreams:
Date: 20 Jan 2017 – 19 Feb 2017
Time: 9am – 9pm Daily
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
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