This Chinese New Year, visitors to Gardens by the Bay can look forward to ushering in the Year of the Rabbit with 100 rabbits as they take centrestage at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome, as part of the annual Chinese New Year floral display Dahlia Dreams.
With 百兔 (băi tù) or a hundred rabbits being a homonym of 白兔 (bái tù) or white rabbit, various incarnations of 100 bunnies – including cute figurines, rabbit-shaped lanterns and a 1.5m artistic sculpture made of driftwood – frolic among more than 2,000 colourful flowering plants. The highlight is 40 unique varieties of vibrant dahlias from Europe, nurtured to bloom from tubers by Gardens’ horticulturists, and complemented by popular Chinese New Year blooms such as celosias, chrysanthemums, cymbidiums, guzmanias, marigolds, oncidiums and pussy willows.
Visitors to Dahlia Dreams will also be enchanted by elements such as the centrepiece of the floral display, an iconic 6m tall River Hongbao lantern set featuring a majestic magnolia tree in the shape of the word ‘rabbit’ in Chinese (兔, tù). Integrated into the floral display will also be an interpretation of the Aesop’s fable, “The Hare and the Tortoise”, as well as well-known aspects of Chinese culture such as paper-cutting, lion dance, Chinese New Year goodies and spring couplets.
📅 13 January to 26 February 2023
⏱ 9am – 9pm
📍 Flower Dome
🏷 Admission charge to Flower Dome applies
Plants at Dahlia Dreams
Native to Mexico and Central America, dahlias belong to one of the largest flowering plant families, Asteraceae, or the sunflower family. They are related to chrysanthemums, gerberas, daisies and marigolds to name a few.
Dahlias appear to have a single bloom on each stem. However, each head consists of a cluster of tiny individual flowers known as disc and ray florets. Disc florets lie in the centre and resemble tiny tubes, while ray florets are essentially the petals. There are around 30 dahlia species, and thousands of different cultivars and hybrids. Except for blue, dahlias come in a wide variety of colours, with variegated and bi-coloured varieties as well.
Dahlias not only come in a wide range of colours, they also have a great variety of flower forms. They range in size from tiny dahlia flowers 5 centimetres in diameter, to “dinner plate” flowers measuring 25 centimetres across! Dahlias are categorized into various groups according to their flower forms – ball, decorative, cactus, anemone, collarette, pompom, orchid and waterlily, just to name a few. Try your hand at identifying these striking dahlia varieties in the following forms on display during your visit!
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