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MICHAEL FERRANTE waltzes with flowers at two new exhibits at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Nothing exhibits Singapore’s City in a Garden concept more than Gardens By the Bay.

GBTB has added two new attractions this year — Serene Garden and Floral Fantasy — complementing its other suite of attractions such as the Supertree Grove (which comes alive every evening during the music and lights show), Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories, sculptures and outdoor gardens.

Floral Fantasy showcases about 3000 plants of more than 150 species, meandering through four distinct, changing scenes of garden landscapes.

It starts with the Dance — a lush and colourful tableau of flowering plants suspended from the ceiling, white flower balls moving up and down as they pirouette from the end of a wire.

A bubbling stream winds through grassy knolls in the Float section, with gorgeous flowers and small trees decorating the rocky edges.

A waltz through the Waltz landscape takes me through a rainy forest and flower waterfalls, and I spot bright poison dart frogs in their enclosure.

Finally, I enter a grotto with terraced rock formations in a semi-enclosed space called Drift. Soft lighting brings the verdant flora out of its cavernous display and creates ambience.

But before I exit the attraction, I enter a dark theatre and grab my special glasses where a 4D ride awaits — Flight of the Dragonfly. The multi-sensory ride lasts about 10 minutes and takes me on a simulated journey of a dragonfly, whizzing through Gardens By the Bay. It’s a great way to finish.

Serene Garden, as with the other outdoor gardens, is free to enter. Serene is a 2ha area inspired by the minimalist Japanese Zen gardens.

Fact File

Floral Fantasy: Adult $20, child (3-12) $12

Attraction bundle — Two conservatories, Floral Fantasy and shuttle service: Adult $46, child (3-12) $25

Open 9am-9pm daily

Next to Bayfront MRT station

gardensbythebay.com.sg

Disclaimer

Michael Ferrante was a guest of the Singapore Tourism Board. They have not seen or approved these stories.

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