I am no botanist. Prior to my most recent visit to Gardens by the Bay, I had no idea what Dahlias were. So I wasn’t too sure what to expect at Dahlia Dreams, the Chinese New Year floral display at Flower Dome. Frankly, I expected something orh-biang (tacky and out of fashion) like ermm.. this year’s River Hongbao.
But gosh, how wrong I was! Turns out, Dahlia is a beautiful beautiful flower that comes in all shapes, sizes and colours! And I fully understood why they named the event ‘Dahlia Dreams’. Because dreamy was such an apt word for this flower.
As with all seasonal events at the Flower Dome, the display was held at 3 main areas. The first was at the entrance.
There was quite a variety of flowers in this area, not just Dahlias. I loved the colours and variety!
And the *ahem* orh biang Chinese New Year decorations that were mandatory.
Next, let’s check out the main foyer which was covered with mostly Dahlias and signs of the 12 chinese zodiacs.
Had to take a photo of my own zodiac:
There were information signs around the area with the names of the flowers on display. It wasn’t just Dahlias. There were Begonias:
Lollipop plant / golden shrimp plant (not hard to imagine how it got its name):
Rudbeckia, which comes from the same family as Dahlias and also known as ‘Black-Eyed Susan’. No prizes for guessing why.
And this one… Not sure what it was:
Neither do I know what these were:
And I assumed everything else were Dahlias:
Are they just mesmerizing??
I especially like the ones that were round. Like little balls. They were so cute!
Okay, truth be told, I am not sure if I got the names of all the above flowers correct. In fact, I’m pretty sure I got at least one wrong. I just looked for the sign nearest to the flower and assumed that was its name.
Besides flowers, there were also some monkeys made of leaves. Which I frankly thought looked creepy.
Thumbs up for the creativity. But I don’t think I want this in my dreams.
I prefer to stick to my Dahlia Dreams.
There were also these fruits which were super cute. I was staring at them for a long time trying to figure out if there were real. And I wasn’t alone. The group of Chinese tourists beside me were also debating whether they were real or plastic. I kind of concluded it was real because the stem looked too real to be faked.
Moving on, we reached the display area near the exit.
Not sure what those flowers were since there were no signs. They look like the flowers that are commonly sold are local wet markets. The only one I could name was chrysanthemum. I think.
Despite my lack of knowledge about flowers, I spent a good whole 2 hours admiring and photographing the flowers at Dahlia Dreams. You need to be there to immerse yourself in their beauty and SMELL to fully appreciate this event. I’m looking forward to sweet Dahlia Dreams tonight!
I hope the monkeys don’t appear in my dreams.
INFORMATION ON Dahlia Dreams
Date: 15 Jan – 28 Feb 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm Daily
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
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