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Year of the Horse Floral Display at Gardens by the Bay January 27, 2014

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Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

Despite seeing many changes to the floral display at the flower field, I am still excited each time when I visit the Flower Dome.  Every time, something will struck me in awe.  For the first time, I actually love the display I saw as I stepped into the Flower Dome as I was greeted by these two horses made of hay.  One is feeding while the other is looking.  The display creates such a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere and I hope the coming horse year will be one which will be blessed with the same.

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

This year Christmas and Chinese New Year are very close.  Before getting over the Christmas celebration mood, everyone is preparing for the Lunar New Year already.  Although there has been a lot of people complaining about Christmas decoration being replaced too quickly by the Lunar New Year display, I was quietly waiting in anticipation on the coming display for the new display at the Flower Dome. Drum rolls….. Without being at the flower dome, you can still check out some cool pictures I have taken just a week ago.

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

Lanterns are a must as it depicts the Chinese tradition.  Other than the Mid Autumn Festival where a lot of lanterns were shown, a very important Lantern Festival ends the Lunar New Year on the 15th calendar day of the new year it is celebrated with games of “lantern riddles”.  These were not easy riddles as one needs to have a high standard of Chinese to be able to decipher and solve the riddles.  The Chinese Gardens at Jurong Lake usually holds the festival and be sure to check that out!

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

Nothing beats checking out the mytical monster “Nian”.  Do you know that these Chinese Lions used in the lion dances were actually monsters, according to the Chinese Mythology.  It is a sea monster that comes out every spring to attack people, especially young children.  To drive “Nian” away, the people don on red robes and beat their pots and pans in the hope to chase the creature away.  Firecrackers were thrown to causing loud banging noises in the hope to intimidate the monster.  Today, the tradition remains to celebrate man victory against “Nian” with lion dances and firecrackers, though firecrackers are banned in Singapore because they were the source of fire hazards.

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

As you stroll along the flower field, you will see the spring flowers blooming.  Most noticeable is the “Money Tree” where you see money hanging on the trees.  I was half tempted to steal one of those golden coins on display.  I love to go to the flower field when the display is still new and fresh but sometimes they are best admired in mid-season.  That’s why I am a Friends of the Garden and get unlimited visits to the cool conservatories all year round.

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

A permanent feature of the garden flower field and a scenic photo opportunity for many, these chairs made of old tree trunks and branches are perfect for a nice souvenir photos against a nice floral backdrop.

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

These are the beautiful Chinese charms that are dangling on the oak chairs.  The red symobolise luck while purple is the corporate color of Gardens by the Bay.  If you haven’t noticed, around the Gardens by the Bay, purple colour was used extensively.  Stay tuned if you want to find out why purple colour!

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

From the perspective of an amateur photographer, I really love the composition of this shot, with the festive flowers on the foreground, the drums and potted plants in the middle ground and the yellow charms that hangs on the trees that makes it looks like raining gold!  This is such a winning shot!  That’s why I say, each time the change in floral display never fail to amaze me because the landscape designer/artist and horticulturist can come out with such fascinating ideas and design.  Are you not impressed already?

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

Potted plants are on display with antique square tables brings a classical air of Chinese sophistication into the Flower Field.  The surrounding flower display and the flower pots are all individually interesting highlights.  Gardens by the Bay should have an auction to turn these potted flowers away for the highest bidder to help raise funds for Gardens by the Bay.  Hey, you heard the idea here first!

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

The Chinese Couplets are also not to be missed at the display.  They are actually an important part of the Chinese cultural heritage.  Come and test your Chinese language skills as you stroll the flower field and check if you understand the meaning in the couplets on display.

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

A turn of the corner and I noticed this lonely little horse standing beside the Christmas Sugar Mountain, the previous themed mountain that remain standing on the current display.  But this little horsey looks a little displaced and lonely.  Is it missing someone?

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

As I turned my back, I saw another strong, muscular horse standing alone in its barn.  It looks like it needed some company. Does it makes you wonder why would Gardens by the Bay want to make the horse so lonely?  Anyway, fear not, many people are crowding in front of it to take pictures with it, or of it.  Myself included.  🙂

Year of the Horse Floral Display Gardens by the Bay

The horses that steals the show.  These three galloping horses at the centre of floral display.  The horses display in the current theme are inspired by the Chinese Painting “100 horses”.  While there was no clarity in terms of which exact painting, I reckon it could be the “One Hundred Horses” by Lang Shining in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).  While there are no 100 horses on display, however, the horses captured the essence of the horses in the painting in various state: kneeling, standing, eating and running on grassland – staying alone or in groups.  “One Hundred Horses” are actually the Top 10 most famous Chinese paintings.  You may read more about them here.

The Year of Horse Floral Display is now on from 17 January to 16 February 2014.

Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018953
Tel: +65 6420-6848
Open daily: 9am to 9pm

Admission Charges Apply

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If you like this post, you may visit the following Gardens by the Bay posts:

1.  Christmas Sugar Mountain
2.  Tulipmania
3.  Flight of Fancy
4.  Spring Awakening
5.  Spring Celebration
6.  Gardens by the Bay Turns One

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