Cherry blossom in hot tropical Singapore? How is that possible? Yes, from 14th March 2016 to 27th March 2016, you can catch the beautiful flowers and its blooming glory at the latest floral display titled “Blossom Beats” inside the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay!
Cherry blossom, is one of my favourite subjects to photograph! I photographed when I was backpacking in Tokyo during March-April 2004 and they were such beautiful memories for me when I was there photographing the cherry blossoms! When I saw the news of the cherry blossoms in Singapore on Monday 14th March 2016 , I decided to plan my time to visit the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay and went there on 15th March 2016!
This floral display, Blossom Beats, is an experimental floral display, more than half of the flowers have blossomed when I went today on 15th March. While taking photographs of the cherry blossoms, I would be making my own predictions and expect them to be in full bloom probably this weekend Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March!
There are more than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms, or sakura, that are showcased in the floral display. Visitors can look forward to seeing cultivars such as the Prunus Fujishidare which has pendulous branches, the Prunus Yedoenis Yoshino which stands out with its striking white flowers, and the Prunus Accolade, with its pale pink blooms. Besides the cherry blossoms, keep a lookout for the peach blossoms too! One unusual variety on show is the PrunusGenpei Shidare which has flowers of two different colours – red and white – growing on the same plant.
Inside the Flower Dome, for this Blossom Beats floral display, a small part of the Flower Dome is transformed and styled after a traditional Japanese Garden. Keep a lookout for a tori gate, Japanese screens and kimono! This is indeed a special and unique experience at Gardens By The Bay!
Do take note that cherry blossoms are ephemeral in nature, with flowers lasting about one to two weeks. This experimental floral display is expected to run till March 27. Remember to check out Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gardensbythebay for updates on the blooming.
“Blossom Beats” Floral Display
Date: Until 27 March
Time: 9am to 9pm
Details: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply
Here’s my photography collection of the Blossom Beats Floral Display at Gardens By The Bay Flower Dome. I would be planning to go back again for a night shoot, of the cherry blossoms under the stars and night lights!
While I am enjoying and photographing the cherry blossoms in Singapore, it makes me miss Japan spring season when the sakura flowers blossom! I hope to visit Japan again soon!
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