Back in May 2013, Rupert, Zuri and I visited Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest and Flower Dome on our last day in Singapore. The trip cost us a total of about PHP 2,000 and our last remaining hours in the Lion City. Were Cloud Forest and Flower Dome worth our time and money? Well, yes. Of course, it depends on one’s taste and interest. For us, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome were worth every Peso (or SGD).
As we entered Cloud Forest, it was as if we were transported to a different world. The entire conservatory was cold and misty. There was a waterfall cascading down a 35-meter tall mountain covered with plants such as orchids, ferns, begonias and pitcher plants.
It felt as if we stepped into the world of enchantments and fairies. The sight and sound of the waterfall, the mist, the cold and the exotic vegetation gave the place a magical feel.
Inside the mountain were more surprises.
Our visit to Cloud Forest was so relaxing that we did not notice the passage of time. We would have stayed longer but we had little time left. Upon realizing the hour, we proceeded to Flower Dome.
Flower Dome showcases flowers from South Africa, California, Spain and Italy. The floral display changes depending on season and theme. Just like Cloud Forest, the Flower Dome conservatory was pleasantly cold. However, there was no mountain, no waterfall, no mist. Instead, what greeted us as we entered Flower Dome was a bright and uncramped area with patches of vividly colored flowers here and there.
As I walked around Flower Dome, the magical feeling that I had at Cloud Forest was replaced by something else. As I looked at the flowers surrounding me, I felt buoyant with glee. I was filled with joy. It was as if Rupert was offering me all those flowers! 🙂
We continued to roam around Flower Dome until we found the Flower Field. It was an explosion of colors! This was the highlight of our visit to Flower Dome. The floral display was delightful, vibrant and memorable. Again, I felt as if they were all mine (even though there were lots of other people inside).
We would have loved to spend more time at Flower Dome and take more pictures but we had a flight to catch. Back home, I received a bouquet of flowers from Rupert one Valentine’s day worth PHP 2,000. For the same amount of money, I felt like I received a conservatoryful of flowers at Flower Dome, plus we got to see Cloud Forest. I say that’s value for money!
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are two of the attractions found at Gardens by the Bay. Opening Hours are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. Last ticket sale is at 8:00 pm. Last admission is at 8:30 pm. A standard ticket includes entry to both Cloud Forest and Flower Dome and costs SGD 28 for adults, SGD 28 for senior citizens (60 years old and above) and SGD 15 for children ages 3-12 years old.
Gardens by the Bay is located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore. To get to Gardens by the Bay, board the MRT and alight at Bayfront MRT Station (Circle Line). Follow the signs to Exit B. Follow the underground linkway, then cross the Dragonfly Bridge to go to Gardens by the Bay.
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