Tribal Tempo at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

What girl does not like flowers… I know I love flowers and so does my mini me… so we are definitely drawn to the Gardens by the Bay…. Especially the Flower Dome…..

The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay Singapore has always been an interesting place to be…  From the humid Singapore weather, you can enter a world of perpetual Spring.. The Flower Dome replicates the cool Spring weather to keep the flowers fresh and gorgeous… and it actually showcases exotic plants from five continents in nine different gardens inside the dome…

My daughter and I had been there at the Flower Dome before a couple of years ago during Christmas and we saw lots of Christmassy plants…

This time around, we were definitely astonished and thrilled by the explosion of colours and fragrances of glorious South African blooms as the Flower Dome presents their Tribal Tempo flower field display….

I kid you not… it is absolutely glorious… so much so that my daughter who is lazy to use her camera was soooo inspired to fish out her smart phone and started taking pictures…

The “Tribal Tempo” is actually the first large-scale South African floral display in Gardens by the Bay and in Singapore where we were taken on a on mini a safari tour across the colourful landscape of South Africa.

I have heard that South Africa is home to a rich and unique world of plant life but have never gotten a chance to view them, not until now…..

My daughter was fascinated by the waterfall which was right in the centre of the floral display, this waterfall was just about 3 metre high but was inspired by an actual waterfall that is situated 7km north of Nieuwoudtville on the road to Loeriesfontein, in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape….

…and we were surely thrilled to be exploring for ourselves, and checking out the magnificent blooms of African fynbos (heathland), from the exquisite King Protea – the national flower of South Africa – to the elegant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae).

We certainly were most fascinated by the unusual-looking Aloe Trees that take root in semi-desert karoos, and rock art and animal sculptures that peek out among the flora made the whole display even more fascinating… my daughter recognised fairy tale characters such as Alice in Wonderland as well as Winnie the Pooh…

And if you really look closely, you can see fairies and pixies dancing around…

The name ‘Protea’ comes from the Greek god Proteus, who was known to shape shift into many different forms – reflecting the amazing variety of shapes, colours and sizes that this family of plants have.

The Pincushion Protea

Unlike the majority of flowering plants, protea flowers do not have separate sepals and petals. Instead, there is only one set of four perianth segments (called tepals). This is unusual and is an important diagnostic feature to distinguish proteas from other flowers.

The arid parts of southern Africa has one of the largest and richest diversity of succulent plants in the world. In fact, some 40 per cent of the world’s succulents grow in southern Africa. Interesting right? Africa is definitely on my bucket list but I do not know when I can ever head there yet… huhuhu

Did you know, spring in South Africa actually happens between August to mid-October? This would be because it is located in the southern hemisphere… thus it would be the time wildflowers of Namaqualand blossom in abundance during this period, turning the once arid plains into seas of colour.

Unfortunately, the Tribal Tempo display in Gardens by the Bay is now over, so you can try to catch it again next year hopefully… and for now, look forward to their Merry Medley  Christmas Display which is begin from 11th November 2016 until 5th January 2017… It is afterall, almost the season to be jolly….. ho ho ho……

Thank you Gardens by the Bay for having us… please stay tuned for my visit to the equally amazing Cloud Forest.. However it was a rainy day so I did not get to enjoy the Ourdoor Gardens or visit the OCBC Skyway as weather did not quite permit and we did not have an umbrella or  raincoats…

For more pictures, click here Album 1    and Album 2

Address: 18, Marina Garden Drive, Singapore 018953

Getting there: take MRT to Bayfront Station and take Exit B and follor the underground link way….cross Dragonfly bridge and follow signs….



5 thoughts on “Tribal Tempo at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

  1. Wow, reading you post made me realise how much of the garden I missed. I was there at night for the light show but the rest of the garden was in darkness. LOL I need to revisit during the day.


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