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As I entered the Flower Dome, I was greeted with huge screens displaying pictures of flowers on both sides. I think the screens were interactive and hands-on, but I did not bother to play with them. Maybe next time then.
Once inside the glass dome, I was once again impressed like how I was impressed with the waterfall at Cloud Forest. The place was huge, and I mean really huge! In fact, the Flower Dome is larger than the Cloud Forest, covering 1.2 hectares or about the size of 2.2 football fields!
If you see reindeers in my photo above, that's because I visited during Christmas Day! LOL!
As I walked along what looked like cactus and plants from the desert, I was a bit surprised to see decorations of fishes and underwater creatures amongst them.
What I like about the Flower Dome is that the thousands of glass panels allowed the sunlight to pass through but kept the heat out, creating some sort of a cool-dry Mediterranean climate.
Lots of different types of cactus trees at this area.
I did not really pay attention to the name of the plants and flowers. Maybe I should have. Well, if I ever return for a second visit, which is likely, I will definitely take my time to study all about the plants!
I was quite intrigued with the African baobab trees.
Weird face decoration!
The interesting baobab tree.
What plants are these?
I could see the neighboring Cloud Forest dome from here.
This line of baobab trees with the Cloud Forest dome in the background makes for an interesting photo, don't you think?
Love the greeneries!
I came across some interesting looking cactus.
These are wooly cactus from the Bolivian Andes. They have golden spines and lateral wooly flowering region called cephalium to protect the flowers from drying out in the hot sun.
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The smelly flowers open at night and are pollinated by bats. The wooly cushioned cephalium also helps to protect the wings of the bats against the spines of the plants.
An interesting wooden statue in the midst of those plants.
If you are looking for more colorful flowers to feast on the eyes, then the Flower Field display in the middle of the the Flower Dome is the best area to go to.
I learnt that the Flower Field changes with each season, so maybe that would make visitors come back again and again to catch the next exciting change!
Since my visit coincides with the Christmas week, the theme was mainly all 'Chrismassy'.
Cute bear waving as I snapped a photo of him : )
If you have a good DSLR camera, it would be great to do lots of macro shots of the flowers. I did not have one so not much of macro photography here.
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Two group of trees stood out from here. On the left is the Chilean Wine Palm trees while on the right is Canary Island Date Palm. Oh, by the way, that's the Marina Bay Sands outside the dome.
The Canary Island Date Palm trees.
The Chilean Wine Palm trees.
A close shot of the Canary Island Date Palm trees.
I would have spent more time studying and learning about the plants but time was not on my side. My stomach was already growling as it was way past lunch time.
Overall, I enjoyed my tour of the Flower Dome. I would definitely return when they have even more beautiful flowers on display at the Flower Field.
I heard that 20,000 colorful tulips would be flown in all the way from Netherlands for a breathtaking Tulipmania springtime at Flower Dome from today till May 20. Will you be there?
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