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Tulipmania 2017 @ Gardens by the Bay

One of my favourite event of the year, Tulipmania, is back at Gardens by the Bay! Tulipmania 2017 is happening at the Flower Dome from 1 April to 7 May this year.

Last year, I was so excited to visit Tulipmania and I went there at the start of the event.  And found myself looking at mostly tulip buds that weren’t really blooming yet.  So this year, when the event started last weekend, I was still pondering when would be a good time to visit.

Lucky me, I have a spies.  Or should I say kindred spirits.  Or maybe I just spend a little too much time scrolling through Instagram.  I spotted my friend visiting Tulipmania last weekend, and from her photo, it looked like the tulips were mostly blooming already!

So on Sunday night, I packed my camera bag and was all ready to make my usual lightning-speed visit to Gardens by the Bay right after dropping the kids off in school.

But alas, it was rainy stormy morning on Monday.  Not that rain could keep me at home because I could always bring an umbrella and go if I wanted to.  But well, the weather was just too good to sleep in and I overslept.

So by the time I woke up on Monday and dropped MY off at childcare, it was too late to go down to Gardens by the Bay and come back in time to pick MF up from school.  Hence, I postponed my grand plan to Tuesday.  (Don’t you just love my life?)

So all the photos you see in this post were taken on Day 4 of Tulipmania.  And you can see that indeed, the tulips bloomed really early this year compared to last year!

This year’s Tulipmania theme revolved around Vincent van Gogh.  The moment I entered the Flower Dome, the exhibit area right at the entrance was like a mini art exhibition.  Where pictures of some of Van Gogh’s famous works were displayed, surrounded by tulips that were specially chosen to complement each art work’s colour palette.

As we moved on to the main floral display,  a blown up version of Starry Night took centre stage, where the night sky was filled with tulips.

The other masterpiece being featured was Van Gogh’s self-portrait, which again was filled with tulips matching the colour palette of the original painting.

As I made my way down to the central display area, I noticed some planters of tulips along the side.  And I couldn’t help wondering who decided to stick one red tulip among the planter of white tulips.  You know how much people love their jobs when they do quirky things like that.

Other than Van Gogh’s paintings, this year’s Tulipmania wasn’t big on decorations.  No giant windmill or giant clogs etc.

There was a pavilion for visitors to walk through, looking out at a little pond with a fountain.  Which was a nice spot for taking photos.

Next to the pond, there was a gorgeous little boat filled will blooming tulips.  I absolutely love this – a boat of tulips floating through a sea of tulips!

There was also a bridge going over the pond, which looked suspiciously like the one from the previous floral display, Blossom Bliss, but they repainted it a different colour.  Yay to reusing the decoration!

Speaking of Blossom Bliss, last year when I visited Tulipmania, I remembered seeing a few cherry blossom trees with their last bit of blooms still hanging on.  This year, there were similarly a few cherry blossom trees nestled among the tulips, but they were mostly wilted.  When I was there, I saw some blooms falling off the cherry blossom tree and landing right on the tulips below.   For a moment, I felt like I had left Singapore.

On the whole, I loved this year’s Tulipmania a lot, much more than last year’s, partly because I think I went at the right time.  If you’re hoping to catch this year’s Tulipmania at the best, I would suggest you go soon before the initial batch of tulips start to wilt.

Local Senior Citizen Enjoy 50% Off

In line with Tulipmania 2017, Gardens by the Bay is having a promotion, where senior citizens can enjoy 50% off admission to single / double conservatories!

Terms and conditions:

– Promotion is valid from 1 April to 7 May 2017.
– Local senior citizens buying tickets under this promotion will need to present their NRIC at the time of purchase. Each NRIC entitles the holder to the purchase of one discounted ticket.
– Tickets can be purchased from the ticketing counters. Promotion is not applicable to online purchase.
– Promotion is not valid with any other offers and promotions.

Information on Tulipmania 2017:

Date: 1 April 2017 – 7 May 2017

Time: 9am – 9pm Daily

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

Map: Click here for Google Map Location

Admission Fee:

  • Local Resident Rate – One Conservatory
    Adult: $12
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $8
    Child (3-12 years old): $8
  • Local Resident Rate – Two Conservatories
    Adult: $20
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $15
    Child (3-12 years old): $12
  • Standard Rate – Two Conservatories
    Adult: $28
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $28
    Child (3-12 years old): $15

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Event Information

Starts at:

01 Apr 2017

Ends at:

07 May 2017

Venue

Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

21 Comments

  • Chris Yeo says:

    Very nice shots !
    Are the tulips in one of the domes or both?

  • Lolo says:

    Beaaautiful!!! I wanna go!! I’m guessing this is in Singapore? From what I can find. #FarawayFiles

  • Wherejogoes says:

    I love tulips and flowers of all kind and WOW this is one colourful festival. I don’t blame you for dashing over there, this is not to be missed. I’d love to go to Singapore and Gardens of the Bay it’s on my wishlist. #FarawayFiles

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I have a habit of dashing over to things.. Lol. In Singapore, we call this syndrome ‘kiasu’, which means afraid to lose out. Last year I regretted being kiasu, this year I’m glad I was!

  • Ruth says:

    Oh wow! Everything in here is gorgeous! I can’t believe they recreated one of Van Gogh’s paintings with flowers. That is cool! I really want to see flowers in bloom. I have plans for tomorrow, so, fingers crossed! #FarawayFiles

  • Oh how beautiful! I just love tulips but they don’t bloom for long so I can see why it makes sense to find the optimum time to visit. Looks from your beautiful photos that you did just that. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • bumblebeemum says:

      They really don’t bloom for long! I was there on Tuesday and they were so beautiful, and when my friend went on Friday she said they were ‘over bloomed’ already. I think I really went at the optimum time – yay to social media for keeping us updated!

  • Katy Clarke says:

    Loving the Van Gogh theme. I adore tulips and you have captured them beautifully. Singapore has such a knack of adopting traditions and ideas from other countries and adding its own twist. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • bumblebeemum says:

      You noticed! LOL… Yes yes, we love to ‘import’ stuff from other countries!! Hahaha… That’s the thing that always amuses me about my own country… How much we Singaporeans love stuff that has been brought in from other countries.

  • Helena says:

    What a beautiful display of tulips and theme. #FarawayFiles

  • Anna says:

    This looks amazing! Felt in love with your photos of tulips – all forms and colors! Can´t wait to visit Singapore one day – won´t miss Tulipmania!

  • devy says:

    For this year … is there cherry blossom? Because last year you took a picture of tulip and cherry blossom in single shoot.

  • janjan says:

    Nice photos! Planned to visit there 2 weeks later, is it a good time to go?
    Btw, all your photos was nice taken! Mine to share which camera and what kind of lenses you are using? Where do you learn your phototaking skills? All your photos are just like taken from a professional photographer 🙂

    • bumblebeemum says:

      From past tulipmanias, I observed that they would change the tulips after they wilt with new buds – which would then take some time to reach full bloom. So there’s no sure way of telling when is the best time to visit. What I usually do for my GBTB visits is to stalk Instagram, by seeing people’s photos taken at Gardens by the Bay (by location) or using hashtag #GardensbytheBay. From the instagram photos, you can roughly see what the flowering condition is like.

      Wahaha… You made me so happy with your words. I learned photography from reading the internet.. Lol.. And playing around with my camera a lot. You can read more about my camera and lenses here:
      http://bumblebeemum.net/2016/02/24/camera-for-mothers-sony-a6000-review/

  • I love that they give a nod to the Dutch artist Van Gogh when displaying the Dutch tulips! Such a beautiful presentation – and good work figuring out peak bloom time! I do that too to figure out when the cherry blossoms are hitting in Copenhagen! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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