Thanks to the folks from URA and Gardens by the Bay, I was invited on a guided tour to visit the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove, three of the gardens that form  Gardens by the Bay.

Happy family at the Flower Dome

Happy family at the Flower Dome

My wife and son were with me on the tour, together with fellow blogger, Calvin Timothy and his girlfriend, Nicole. We were brought around the gardens by friendly Ferne and Mihkaail from Gardens by the Bay. It was a delight to have them as guides. Mihkaail is like a walking encyclopedia for plants and was able to quickly name any plants or flowers we pointed out, not to mention add on some background information and facts about them!

The first garden we visited was the Flower Dome.

Pardon me for not getting the names of most of the flowers and plants. I love looking at them and enjoying their beauty, but I am not a botanist hobbyist. If you know the names of any of the flowers or plants below, do drop me a comment to share and I will amend them accordingly.

Inside the Flower Dome

Inside the Flower Dome

The dome brings to life, a world of perpetual spring, where plants bloom in an everchanging display of flowers.

The dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments.

Various arid plants

Various arid plants

Close up of a round fat cactus

Close up of a round fat cactus

More arid plants, cactuses

More arid plants, cactuses

Fat leaves with thorns

Fat leaves with thorns

Grey coloured plant

Grey coloured plant

Pretty yellow flower

Pretty yellow flower

Cactus flower

Cactus flower

Furry cactus pollen

Furry cactus pollen

Phallic looking cactus

Phallic looking cactus

Asher's curiosity was piqued by the different plant textures

Asher’s curiosity was piqued by the different plant textures

Touch touch

Touch touch

Large patch of furry pollen

Large patch of furry pollen

Some really large cactuses

Some really large cactuses

Asher pointing out a small violet flower

Asher pointing out a small violet flower

Furry arid plants

Furry arid plants

Red flowers

Red flowers

Closer shot of the flowers

Closer shot of the flowers

Beautiful, dainty hanging flowers

Beautiful, dainty hanging flowers

More pretty, dainty flowers

More pretty, dainty flowers

Plants which look like they are dead

Plants which look like they are dead

Small flowers

Small flowers

Small thorny plants

Small thorny plants

More thorns

More thorns

Tribal feature and some tall plants

Tribal feature and some tall plants

Different kinds of cactuses

Different kinds of cactuses

This whole eagle was carved from a tree root

This whole eagle was carved from a tree root

View of the garden from the second floor

View of the garden from the second floor

At the Flower Field, visitors can stop and smell the flowers in the colourful changing displays which reflects different seasons, festivals and themes.

View of the Flower Field from the second floor

View of the Flower Field from the second floor

Vibrant colours

Vibrant colours

Archway

Archway

Red Kangeroo's paws

Red Kangaroo’s paws

Yellow Kangaroo's paws

Yellow Kangaroo’s paws

Pretty round flowers

Pretty round flowers

Bird-of-paradise plants

Bird-of-paradise plants

Close-up on how beautiful the flower looks

Close-up on how beautiful the flower looks

Small pots

Small pots

Sea of yellow flowers

Sea of yellow flowers

Sea of red flowers

Sea of red flowers

Wild pink roses

Wild pink roses

Wild red roses

Wild red roses

Assorted wild roses

Assorted wild roses

Rachel with Asher, enjoying the roses

Rachel with Asher, enjoying the roses

Assorted colourful flowers

Assorted colourful flowers

Pink flowers

Pink flowers

Small purple flowers

Small purple flowers

Towering trees

Towering trees

Family photo

Family photo

Giant old tree

Giant old tree

Giant hibiscus

Giant hibiscus

Giant white hibiscus

Giant white hibiscus

Fiery red flowers

Fiery red flowers

A gardener at work

A gardener at work

Beautiful bed of roses

Beautiful bed of roses

Natural flower bouquet

Natural flower bouquet

Pretty white flowers with sprinkles of orange

Pretty white flowers with sprinkles of orange

A large wild rose

A large wild rose

Pretty yellow flower

Pretty yellow flower

The same flower as above in red

The same flower as above in red

Asher enjoying the scent of fresh flowers

Asher enjoying the scent of fresh flowers

Interesting-looking lantern shaped flowers

Interesting-looking lantern shaped flowers

Interactive learning gallery for the kids

Interactive learning gallery for the kids

My family and I enjoyed the cooling, leisurely stroll through the Flower Dome. Asher was particularly fascinated by the wide array of colours, sights and textures of the various plants and vegetations ranging from the baobabs (“bottle trees”) to succulents (water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions).

Many baobabs

Many baobabs

Closer look at the Baobabs

Closer look at the Baobabs

Succulents

Succulents

More succulents

More succulents

Assorted succulents

Assorted succulents

On our way to the exit to visit the other dome

On our way to the exit to visit the other dome

If you are into fine dining, there is a very good restaurant inside the Flower Dome called Pollen. Helmed by renowned Chef Jason Atherton, owner of Table No.1 in Shanghai and the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social in London, the 2-storey restaurant offers innovative, Mediterranean-influenced, modern European cuisine. Book early to avoid disappointment – Ferne told us that Pollen’s reservation list was already fully booked for months ahead!

Rachel and I love the Flower Dome very much. Instead of traveling to expensive, far flung travel destination to experience a cooler climate, a day visit to the Flower Dome allows for a similar, short escapist experience. 🙂

If you are interested to visit, check out Gardens by the Bay official website for more information on the Flower Dome.

Meanwhile, stay tune to my next updates on the Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove.

Flower Domes – Hours and Admission Fees:

Hours:
Opens 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM daily
Last admission at 8:30 PM daily

Local Resident Admission:
Adult $12
Senior Citizen* $8
Child** $8

Local Resident Admission
(includes entry to Cloud Forest):
Adult $20
Senior Citizen* $15
Child** $12

Standard Admission
(includes entry to Cloud Forest):
Adult $28
Senior Citizen* $28
Child** $15

* Senior Citizen (≥ 60 years old)
** Child (3 – 12 years old)

Ticketing Hub:
Opens 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily