Gardens By the Bay (Singapore Garden Festival 2014)

This Wed, we took the chance to visit The Singapore Garden Festival 2014 held at Gardens by The Bay. Xi En didn’t have school for the day and the tickets are so much cheaper on a weekday, so off we went. 🙂

It’s our first time going into The Flower Dome & we loved it! Not just because it’s fully AIR-CONDITIONED, the display always renews after a period of time. This round it is Orchid Extravaganza and we saw loads of pretty orchids which is Singapore’s national flower.

With 2 speedy Gonzales (read my boys), I could only manage to take photos with my trusty phone camera and it’s already quite amazing. 🙂

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These are one of my favourite flowers; such soothing colours. 🙂

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Besides The Flower Dome, with the same tickets you get to go to The Meadows which is about 10 mins walk from The Flower Dome. Note that The Meadow is only partially air-conditioned. So do plan your trip properly to visit The Meadow at the coolest point of your visit so you won’t become red lobsters at the end. 😛

There is also a Market Place en-route towards The Meadow and you can take the chance to purchase some planting stuff if you plan to grow some green fingers. We bought organic composite back to grow our pandan leaves back home. 🙂

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Part of the displays of Singapore Garden Festival with acclaimed garden designers.

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One of the kids’ favourite “displays” – The Learning Corner/Place (i can’t recall it’s name).  I wished we could spend more time here if they weren’t already tired.

We saw padi, aloe vera, cherry tomato, padi, guava and even toothache plant! That’s something new to me! I thought it is a great idea that the organisers placed real life products next to the plants; it helped the kids (and me) to relate to them easily.

Xi En enjoyed looking for his favourite food. Kai En was running amok that he couldn’t eat those fruits and packet of food on display!!!

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We were exhausted at the tail end of the trip but my flower-crazy Mom said that we forgotten to visit the Orchid Kaleidoscope at The Flower Dome. And so we trooped back and queued to visit this display. Do plan some time for this if you want a photo with the massively tall orchid structure. Go in in a group; lie low and take your shots! 😀

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Overall we really enjoyed the visit and it is so much worth it with the discounted rates during this season. Plan your visit on a weekday if possible (that’s only today left). If not, go really early on a weekend and purchase your tickets online to avoid the crowd!

I copied the below from the official Singapore Garden Festival 2014 website. Bring along your passion card and/or NTUC card to enjoy a further 15% discount for the adults and children entry fees. Senior residents already enjoy further discounted prices as part of the honouring pioneer generation promo.

“To celebrate the Festival’s debut at Gardens by the Bay, SGF tickets have been specially priced for local residents to visit both the Festival and the Flower Dome Conservatory for the same price as previous shows. All Singaporean seniors (≥60yrs with pink ICs) will also be entitled to a 20% discount off Weekday Local Residents Rate (i.e. $4 per ticket after discount) in celebration of the Pioneer Generation’s contribution to Singapore’s nation-building.Valid from 18 – 22 Aug only.

Show Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Conservatories Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily

All Gardens by the Bay Conservatory tickets dated between 16-24 August will be allowed entry into Singapore Garden Festival 2014

SGF 2014 Ticket Pricing

*Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including those holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes. Proof of residency may be required when purchasing tickets or upon entry.”

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