Gardens by the Bay Part (II) – Flower Dome
Flower Dome Introduction
Right after an exciting visit around the OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove area, we immediately head over to the Flower Dome which situates south end of the Gardens of the Bay – located right inside a round dome-like building (we personally name it the cocoon building).
Covering 1.2 hectares, Flower Dome is the largest glass “Greenhouse” in the world (Guinness World Records 2015). It replicates a cool-dry climate and features plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid, sub-tropical regions of the world. That fun cooling sensation right after we step into the building, phew, totally the difference between earth and heaven when compared to outside! 😉
*Please do note that admission fees are required in order to gain access to the Flower Dome (refer bottom for the price rate).
Flower Dome Garden Experience
Our flower journey starts with the Australian Garden, where this section features plants from Australia such as; Grass Tree, Cat’s Paw, Kangaroo Paws and so much more.
You can refer to the signage board and learn about each plant species origin while admiring at them, or even download the flower dome apps for full ledge audio introduction.
This section covers some earth most notorious plants such as; Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle) – National tree of Chile and can grow so old that it is known as a living fossil. It can grow in excess of 40m and is a very popular garden tree. Its seeds are edible, similar to large pine nuts.
Jubaea Chilensis (Chilean Wine Palm) – This palm species has an immense trunk that can grow to a vast height up to 30m, with a diameter of 1m or more. The sap can be fermented into a palm wine or concentrated into sweet syrup (palm honey) for culinary use.
This site (Mediterranian Garden) is one of the most popular spots among visitors – offers personal spaces (for dating or chit chatting) while provides an extra layer of shades even you are not under the sunlight! 😉
Famous plants for this section includes; Pinus Pinea (Stone Pine) – Known for its edible pine nuts, this tree species has a very characteristic umbrella-like shape, with a short trunk and a broad and rounded crown.
Sakura Matsuri Garden Event
Sakura Matsuri Garden Trail
Well, its happened to be Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom) event in the Flower Dome during our visit, so we have the great opportunity to have a good grasp on the exotic flowers from Japan!
There are over 400 sakura trees to make up the Sakura Matsuri floral display, while these trees produce an assortment of cherry blossoms including those with simple five-petal blossoms, fuller blossoms are known as double blossom sakuras as well as flowers of varying sizes and shades of pink.
*Did you know: Ornamental cherry trees typically live for 15 to 20 years yet one of the oldest in Japan is approximately 2,000 years old! Located within the grounds of Jissoji Temple in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture.
The Torii Gates
Torii Gates typically mark the entrance to the Shinto Shrines in Japan but this one is a gateway which leads to a private Japanese garden brimming with Sakura. You can walk through the torii tunnel made up of 15 torii gates which framed by sakura trees but be sure to expect a super long human congestion along the way. 😉
Just an additional side notes: We had been told that Sakura is actually edible! The petals and leaves undergo a process where they are soaked in salt to produce sakurazuke which is used to create seasonal foods such as sakura bread, mochi, and ice cream as well as sakura tea which is often drunk at weddings.
The Pollen Cafe
Pollen Cafe Introduction
Getting tired walking around the garden then let’s consider drop by at Pollen Cafe, located around Mediterranean garden within the Flower Dome offers a panoramic view of the Marina Bay waterfront while dining in it.
Pollen offers an eclectic assortment of French-Mediterranian dishes that are progressive and natural focusing on seasonal produce and back-to-basics techniques. The 2-storey restaurant comprises a ground floor dining area exuding sophistication, while the upper level blends exquisite dining with a breezy garden setting.
- Main Dining Room (Level 1)
Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.00pm (last order 9.30pm)
CLOSED ON TUESDAYS
- Pollen Terrace (Level 2)
9.30am – 9.00pm daily
- Muffins and Coffee/Tea: 9.30am – 11.30am
- All-Day Terrace Menu: 11.30am – 9.00pm
- Afternoon Tea: 3.00pm – 5.00pm; not available on Tuesdays
- Contact: +65 6604 9988
The admission fees for Flower Dome
Single Adult and Senior
Children aged 3 to 12 years
*Local Singapore Resident ticketing rates might be different (cheaper) compared to foreigners.
- Gardens by the Bay
- Alight at Bayfront Station
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore.
Contact: +65 6420 6848
Open Hour: 9.00am – 9.00pm daily (last ticket sale at 8.00pm)
Gardens of the Bay Travel Series:
- Gardens by the Bay Part (I) – OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove
- Gardens by the Bay Part (II) – Flower Dome
- Gardens by the Bay Part (III) – Cloud Forest