This September, Gardens by the Bay celebrates the season of abundance with its annual “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” festival, and a new floral display in Flower Dome called “Autumn Harvest”.

Mid autumn at gardens by the bay

The month also sees the launch of a new orchid display in Cloud Forest – the first in a series of biannual displays in the cool-moist conservatory to showcase the world’s most diverse botanical family.

AUTUMN FESTIVITIES AT GARDENS BY THE BAY

“AUTUMN HARVEST” FLORAL DISPLAY (丰收之秋)

A lavish flower field saturated in rich hues of orange, red, gold and green welcomes visitors this September, as autumn comes to Flower Dome in the “Autumn Harvest” floral display. Savour how the traditional season of crop gathering is interpreted in creative ways – a bounteous land is inhabited by a fruit and vegetable giant; a lush farm plot overflows with abundant produce and blooms like anemones, gaillardias, phloxes and chrysanthemums; and Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage sits pretty amidst pumpkin trees.

Pumpkins take on yet another twist in the mini Halloween exhibit, where myriad carved and decorated versions celebrate the most anticipated festival of fall. There are more than 10 varieties of special pumpkins to see, such as the pristine white “Polar Bear”, the pretty striped “Pump-Ke-Mon” and the bizarre-looking “Red Warty Thing”.

This year, the lanterns dotting the outdoor gardens as part of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival continue inside Flower Dome. Look out for a plethora of fruit and vegetable-shaped lanterns, and drop by the Mediterranean Garden for a photo opportunity with a giant pumpkin lantern.

Date: 1 September to 29 October 2017
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.

Autumn Harvest

CURIOUS TO FIND OUT MORE?

Pick up an Autumn Harvest Garden Trail for more interesting information or join us for daily “ASK Me!” tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating botanical facts and anecdotes about the floral display.
Date: 1 September to 29 October 2017
Time: Daily at 11am and 3pm (2pm – 5pm on 23 and 24 September, and 14 and 15 October)
Details:

  • Guided tours are free, but admission charge to the Flower Dome applies.
  • Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field. Tour will begin when a group of five or more visitors is assembled.
  • Tours will not be conducted on Flower Dome closure dates.

MID-AUTUMN @ GARDENS BY THE BAY 2017 (滨海花园庆中秋)

A much-anticipated event in the Gardens’ calendar, Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay draws visitors with its sprawling lantern displays and myriad festivities amidst a lush garden setting. This year, the Gardens celebrates autumn abundance with lantern sets symbolic of bountiful harvests and good fortune, nightly cultural performances, a food street featuring Asian delights, and craft booths offering activities like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting.

Visitors are encouraged to download the new “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” app from the App Store or Google Play, available from 4 September, before exploring the festival. Developed by students from Singapore University of Technology and Design, the app allows visitors to uncover fun facts and quiz themselves on the different lantern sets while strolling through the Gardens.

Date: 22 September to 8 October 2017
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Venue: Various locations
Details: For more information and updates, visit here.

autumn harvest floral display

Lantern Displays

Take a stroll through the outdoor gardens where sprawling lantern sets bring to life scenes of bountiful harvests and abundance. Don’t miss “Waters of Prosperity”, the largest lantern display created by the Gardens to date. Spanning an area of 1,250 square metres over water, this lantern set portrays a fishing village teeming with 70 carp lanterns.

lanterns at gardens by the bay

Other highlights include “Grains of Gold”, a paddy field illuminated with 4,000 glowing rice stalks; “Splendour of Blooms” featuring some 250 waterlily lanterns floating on the lake; and “Flight of the Dragonflies” with more than 100 dragonfly lanterns adorning the Supertrees and Dragonfly Bridge. The lanterns dotting the outdoor gardens continue inside Flower Dome as part of the “Autumn Harvest” floral display; look out for a plethora of fruit and vegetable lanterns including a giant pumpkin one!

Illuminations of Joy

The Silver Garden comes aglow with some 1,000 light installations created by beneficiaries from 30 voluntary welfare organisations in Singapore. This community project is the brainchild of local eco designer Didier Ng and visual artist Vijaya Mohan, who holds a Guinness World Record for the largest Rangoli pattern (2003) and 14 Singapore Records.

Blossoming Harvest – Traditional Arts Showcase

Curated by co-organiser, the National Arts Council, the free nightly cultural programme will present opportunities for visitors to enjoy and be inspired by Singapore’s rich heritage. Appreciate vibrant and diverse traditional arts performances by home-grown arts groups of different genres, race and age, and bond over the creative interpretations of Blossoming Harvest.

Lantern Riddles

Traditionally written on lanterns hence the name, lantern riddles were often enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Have a go and discover more about Chinese language and culture!

Fun Zone

Try your hand at arts and crafts like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting at the interactive craft booths. Charges apply.

Food Street

Indulge in a spread of Asian delights at Colonnade at Supertree Grove! Charges apply.

GARDEN RHAPSODY: TALES OF THE MOON

This special Mid-Autumn edition of the popular nightly light and sound show Garden Rhapsody features a medley of popular tunes that revolve around the moon, such as the jazz favourite “Fly Me to the Moon” and the Chinese classic “The Moon Represents My Heart” (月亮代表我的心).

Date: 22 September to 31 October 2017
Time: 7.45pm and 8.45pm
Venue: Supertree Grove

EXHIBITIONS

CHANGING ORCHID DISPLAYS IN CLOUD FOREST

If you love orchids, you will be in for a treat this September, as the first in a series of changing orchid displays in Cloud Forest will be launched. Orchids belong to the family Orchidaceae, which is one of the largest families of flowering plants in the world. The changing orchid displays in Cloud Forest aim to educate visitors on the various genera of orchids, and showcase their fascinatingly myriad forms and colours.

The first display, which opens on 11 September, focuses on orchids from the genus Cattleya, and will showcase more than 400 of them in the rich colours of fall. Regarded as the “Queen of Orchids”, the Cattleya is also called “Corsage Orchid” due to the significant size of its blooms.

With hybridisation widely practised, Cattleya flowers now come in a wide spectrum of colours. Visitors can look forward to seeing varieties such as Rhyncholaeliocattleya Duh’s Fantasy ‘Mellow’, an award-winning orchid with deep red blooms and a ruffled dark fuchsia lip marked with yellow grooves, and Cattleya intermedia¸ a pinkish-white orchid native to Brazil that is known for its sweet fragrance.

Date: 11 September to 10 December 2017
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Cloud Forest
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.