28 April 2015

Five Hours of Flowers



When we were in Singapore over the term break, we made sure that we visited Gardens by the Bay.  We paid for entrance to two conservatories –the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.  Absolutely worth every penny.  We were there and walking about for over five hours –me and my two kids (while hubby was at work).  Never once did they complain about being tired. If anything, I was the one who got tired!  Zoë declared the Gardens as her “most favorite place on earth,”  that it was like paradise.  It was so sweet how she kept thanking me for taking them there.

Flower-Dome-(1) 
That was such a pleasant, pleasant visit. Besides the beauty that greeted us as we stepped inside the Flower Dome, we were instantly thankful for the cool air. Singapore is hot and we were there just past noon.  The entire Flower Dome was air-conditioned.  What a treat!  It felt like we were outdoors, though, because it was so spacious and there’s natural light spilling through.  Only it was nice and cool, no trace of the scorching heat and humidity.

The first thing that we saw when we stepped inside was a magnificent display of tulips.  Tulips have always been one of my favorite flowers.  They’re soft and elegant, so graceful.  There was a Tulipmania special display going on.  Zoë was beside herself with joy.  Out came her camera, out came her little notebook and pen.  Josh did the same (minus the camera). 

Tulip-(2)
 Tulips-(1)

Tulips-(3)

After ooh-ing and aah-ing over the tulips by the main entrance, we proceeded to the succulents section.  It was not a big section.  That said, we spent well over an hour there!  Why?  Because the kids were busy scribbling notes and drawing on their notebooks –sketches of cacti and baobabs, names of various succulents, etc.  You’d think they were having an exam afterwards!  I didn’t have the heart to hurry them along, –plus, it’s not like we were on a schedule, –so I took my time taking photos while I waited for them.  It turned out that they were having a mini contest as to how many species they could record down.  This contest continued on throughout our entire stay there –across both conservatories.  That’s why we stayed so long!

Taking notes 
There were different sections in the Flower Dome, grouped according to region.  There’s the Mediterranean Garden, the California Garden; flowers from southwest Australia, South Africa, Chile, etc. Interspersed among the names and scientific details were little factoids about uses of certain plants, how the conservatory is cooled, etc.  Overall, not just a feast for the eyes. but a treasure trove of interesting information, too.

While waiting around for the kids, there was an old man taking photos. I’d noticed him when we walked in and didn’t see him again until we were on our way out the Flower Dome.  He made a comment about my also using a Nikon and asked me what lens I was using.  We got to chatting and he showed me some of the photos he took at the Garden.  He talked about how he loves photography and how it gives him such joy (and you could so tell!).  He showed me some other photos he took.  My jaw dropped.  They were out-of-this-world, serious-award-winning amazing –like the ones you see in National Geographic magazines.  I kid you not.  I so wish I could have him as a mentor.

That was one amazing visit to the Flower Dome… and I haven’t even touched on the Cloud Forest yet!  That was equally fantastic and fun.  But that will be for another post, on another day.

22 COMMENTS:

Patricia Bacon said...

Such sweet children and very motivated to learn.

Tamar SB said...

What an amazing place! How great the kiddos were so enthralled!

NC Sue said...

Stunning photos - and such unique architecture in the first shot!!!
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Amila Wickramarachchi said...

We visited the Gardens by the bay recently,but it was an evening.We didnt visit the Flower dome at that time.But it is in our wish list.These photos are stunning.Hope you all had a great time.
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Wholesome Joy said...

Aw..Looks like you all had fun! Stopping by from Image-n-ing <3

Gentle Joy said...

Sounds like a wonderful day and visit with the photographer.... it would be nice to learn from someone like him. :) The flowers are beautiful and the children are precious. :)

Patrick weseman said...

That is so beautiful. Very lovely.

elizabeth said...

What a lovely place and wonderful photos, but my favorite part was the description of your children's delight and interest in it all.

abrianna said...

I wish I could visit there. I liked the waves in the curved ceiling in that first shot. Very cool. And your blessings-so glad they had a good time. I have to say Cloud Forest is a fantastic name!

EarlK said...

Absolutely wonderful. The Flower Dome is wonderful. What an amazing building. Great photos.

Pieni Lintu said...

Oh, those look so pretty!!

Kate said...

Beautiful tulip photos. They are one of my favorite flowers. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Erica Sta said...

Yes, I love tulips! Fantastic captures.
Cheers, Heidrun

Dominique Goh said...

Lovely tulip photos. I haven't seen this year's exhibition as yet but it's certainly a great place to visit when you come down to Singapore.

Kristy LifenReflection said...

I've been dying to visit the local gardens here too!

*Jess* said...

Oh my goodness!! Gorgeous!!!!!

Lisa Kerner said...

This post is so fun... I love your kids just by reading about them. I can totally see my two doing the same thing at their age :-). I was just thinking a visit to the botanical gardens should be added to an upcoming trip of ours. You have spurred me on.

Michelle B said...

What a wonderful place! I love the light and shadows in the first image, and the tulips are bright and beautiful.

Dotti said...

How delightful that Zoe loved the gardens! And it looks like it was a wonderful trip for the whole family. The flowers are stunning!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

So sweet to see the little ones being absorbed in their work.What a delightful and pretty garden.

edenhills said...

Beautiful! Looks like an absolutely amazing place to spend the day.

LPC said...

I love to see your kids so focused and learning from each other and the world.

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