You do not have to travel all the way to Japan to see the cherry blossoms as the annual sakura flora display returns to Flower Dome (Garden by the Bay) and it will be here only for a limited time (from now till 8 April 2018).
SAKURA MATSURI FLORAL DISPLAY
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 – Sun, 8 Apr 2018
Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Venue: Flower Dome
**Admission charge to the conservatories applies (purchase tickets here)
Find out more of the display & demonstration here
Went there last Saturday and there was a huge crowd including a number of cosplayers! There’s a special rate for Singaporean and on top of it, if you are holding on to any OCBC credit/debit card, you are entitled to another 15% discount! WOW! It’s way cheaper than flying to JAPAN to catch the Sakura craze (but of course, you can’t compare what you see there over to what you’ll see here, at least for a moment, you feel that you’re in JAPAN)
There are Japanese-themed elements like tea house and torii gates to match the cherry blossom and also lifelike resin dolls which are the main focus of the display.
According to the website, there are basically 4 blossoms to look out for,
- PRUNUS ACCOLADE – A popular and prolific cultivar producing abundant pale pink flowers.
- PRUNUS YEODENSI – Also known as Yoshino Cherry, this Japanese favourite produces classic white flowers that have five petals.
- PRUNUS SNOW FOUNTAIN – This tree has a strongly weeping shape, making the masses of white blooms on its branches look like cascading snow, hence its name.
- PRUNUS KIKUSHIDARE – This weeping cherry tree has large, light pink flowers that resemble Chrysanthemums, hence “Kiku” in its name, which means Chrysanthemum in Japanese.
DO YOU KNOW?
Cheery blossoms are divided into four groups based on their number of petals. They typically have five petals, and are known as single flowers, but some cultivars are bred to have many more for a fuller bloom. Semi-double flowers exhibit around 10 to 20 petals, while double flowers boast 25 to 50 petals. The extraodinary kikuzakura, or chrysanthemum cherry flowers, are jam-packed with over 100 petals!
Well, don’t be disappointed that you’re paying to see ONLY cherry blossom as there is still other types of flower display over at the flower dome (which kind of makes your money worth)!
Let me end a photo here with me and MR! Doesn’t it look like we’re in JAPAN? Hahaha..