FLOWER DOME - SINGAPOREJanuary 06, 2015
One of the many things that I love about Singapore is that there's a good balance of greenery within the city, despite it being a high-rise metropolis. The Flower Dome is one of a collection of green spaces within Singapore that make up the Gardens by The Bay. It's an ultra futuristic glass structure that houses a indoor environment for flowers, located just a stone's throw away from Marina Bay.
The dome is a beautiful, modern structure; it resembles the sort of microcosm that you might expect to be built on Mars in the future to house human civilisations. It reminds me a lot of the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The Flower Dome boats a whole host of different flowers from across the globe and acts as a huge greenhouse which replicates the cool-dry Mediterranean climate found in countries such as South Africa and parts of Europe and as a result - it's a lot cooler and less humid than Singapore's climate. My friend who lives in Singapore and is used to the warm climate became rather cold after a couple of hours of exploring the dome, so I would suggest bringing some layers of clothing if you are sensitive to the cold.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel can be seen nearby.
The stunning collection of orchids.
Ancient olive trees.
One of the Flower Dome's main focal points are the olive trees which were imported from Spain and are estimated to be over 1,000 years old - it's mind blowing.
Engaging touch screen information panels for kids.
There's also a sister dome known as the Cloud Forrest, which replicates a high altitude environment. It's essentially a small indoor mountain. The Cloud Forrest equipped with an indoor waterfall and showcases plants from the tropical highlands. In addition to this there are lots of green spaces around the outside of the domes, with plenty to explore.
Walking around the Flower Dome is a breath of fresh air and is the perfect way to getaway from Singapore's citylife for a little bit. Tickets can be brought online and there's even an app to help you navigate your way around the dome and it provides more information on the flowers.