Gardens by the Bay‘s Flower Dome has revamped its display to feature chrysanthemums this Mid-Autumn season. As the fun fact below states, chrysanthemums also help reduce indoor air pollution, which is definitely apt in these hazy times.
A splendid array.
There are many types of chrysanthemums, and I learnt that those that resemble daisies (like the ones you see below with yellow centres), are actually single and semi-double form chrysanthemums.
Then there is the Pompon form.
And the Irregular Incurve form, which is my personal favourite.
It was lovely walking around the chrysanthemums, since most of them have a lovely scent. Do go during daytime, since the flowers look best then.
The most effective insecticide I have used has pyrethrum as its active ingredient, so this fun fact was not new to me. It remains impressive though!
After immersing ourselves in the floral displays, it was time to check out the lanterns scattered all around the Gardens.
I love the colours of these silk lanterns.
Since this was the year of the goat, there was also a competition to decorate goat lanterns! Here are some of my favourites.
As dusk descends, the lanterns light up!
The Supertree Grove was the site of yet more beautiful lantern displays, including one for each zodiac animal.
So many people had great fun taking photos with their zodiac animal, including our B.
The night that we were there, there were dances by the Hokkien Huay Kuan, vertical Chinese chess in a small tent (that had a small but rapt audience), and a booth with many lantern riddles on display! Anyone could take a guess. Whilst we were there, we saw many young Singaporean chinese men taking a shot at it, and I was really impressed when some of them got it right! There was this sagely uncle judging their answers, and he would thump a little drum as he spoke – really interesting.
The SuperTree Grove’s Garden Rhapsody had a lovely lightshow on as usual, and we saw many tourists sprawled on their backs, gazing up as the SuperTrees lit up in tune with the music. A special moment for me was when they played Fang Wen Shan’s 菊花台. It’s one of my favourite songs with such poetic and haunting lyrics, and tied in so nicely with the chrysanthemum display. (So yes, I had a huge K-moment there.)
Our family had a wonderful evening out – admission remains free for Singaporean senior citizens till the end of the year in honour of our nation’s 50th birthday, so our elders had a great time admiring the lanterns and flowers with their dear grandkids. Happy mid-autumn, one and all.
Celebration of Chrysanthemums floral display
24 Sep – 10 Nov
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Admission fees apply
Spectacular Lantern Sets
25 Sept – 4 Oct | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Main Entrance, Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Dragonfly Lake
25 Sept – 4 Oct | 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM | Supertree Grove
25 Sept – 4 Oct | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Weekdays) and
4:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Weekends) | Supertree Grove