Monday, March 14, 2016

Media Release - Cherry blossoms bloom in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay’s “Blossom Beats” floral display features
more than 20 varieties of beautiful cherry blossoms

Photo caption: Gardens by the Bay’s “Blossom Beats” features a variety of cherry and peach blossoms in a Japanese-style garden setting. Photo Credit : Gardens By The Bay. 

SINGAPORE, 14 March 2016 – Cherry blossoms in bloom right here in tropical Singapore – this unexpected sight is what visitors will get to see at Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display, “Blossom Beats”.

About half of these sakura trees have started to bloom in this experimental floral display, and blooming is expected to continue over the next one to two weeks. This is the first time that visitors can see such a myriad of cherry blossoms, as well as other blossoms, in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

More than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms, or sakura, are showcased in the floral display. Visitors can look forward to seeing cultivars such as thePrunus Fujishidare which has pendulous branches, the Prunus Yedoenis Yoshino which stands out with its striking white flowers, and the PrunusAccolade, with its pale pink blooms.

In addition to cherry blossoms, peach blossoms are in bloom too. One unusual variety on show is the Prunus Genpei Shidare which has flowers of two different colours – red and white – growing on the same plant.

Styled after a traditional Japanese garden, “Blossom Beats” will also feature quintessential Japanese elements such as a tori gate, Japanese screens and kimono.

“Gardens by the Bay is a horticulture-themed attraction that delights its visitors with flowers not commonly seen in Singapore. With this in mind, we decided to bring in a variety of cherry and peach blossoms,” said Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay.

“Coupled with the Japanese-styled landscape, we hope ‘Blossom Beats’ will give visitors a truly unique and memorable experience,” he added.

Cherry blossoms are ephemeral in nature, with flowers lasting about one to two weeks. This experimental floral display is expected to run till March 27.

Visitors can check Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook page at for updates on the blooming.

“Blossom Beats” Floral Display
Date: Until 27 March
Time: 9am to 9pm
 Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply

About Gardens by the Bay
An integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown – Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – Gardens by the Bay will be a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the World. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, officially opened on 29 June 2012.

Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board. It has since grown to become an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia’s foremost garden destination.

The Gardens has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including the 2015 Guinness World Record for “Largest Glass Greenhouse”, "Best Theme Attraction" at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, and "Best Attraction (Asia Pacific)" at the Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards 2015. It also received the prestigious "Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement" in 2014 from the Themed Entertainment Association, and special recognition from the Singapore Tourism Board for “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” in 2013. For its sustainable design and practices, it was conferred the “President’s Design Award 2013” in Singapore, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ “Lubetkin Prize” for best new international building of 2013, and “World Building of the Year” at the World Architecture Festival 2012. 

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