What is it?
ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA is a temporary display of many different types of orchids in a fun and unusual way, as well as a traditional way.
When is it?
26 July – 15 September, 2019
Where is it?
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
This year’s Orchid Extravaganza celebrates Singapore’s pop culture with a creative spin on familiar icons, as seen through the eyes of multi-talented Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee. It’s definitely different, quirky and fun.
Mixing together floral and pop art, the orchid display features landmarks and objects that have become part of local culture – housing, recreation and food. The creative director is Dick Lee and the designer is Yang Derong. It reflects Singapore’s unique blend of tradition and modernity.
A colourful landscape of over 15,000 orchids greet you as you enter the Flower Dome. These comprise of more than 80 varieties including heritage orchids such as Aranthera Anne Black, Aranda Bertha Braga and Dendrobium Tay Swee Keng.
Orchidaceae is one of the largest families of flowering plants. There are approximately 28,000 orchid species recognised (more than twice the number of bird species and about four times the number of mammal species).
Orchids can be found in almost every part of the world, except Antarctica, with the majority growing in tropical climates of America, Africa as well as Asia. Their blooms are bilaterally symmetrical, which means that they can be divided into two mirror-image halves.
All orchids have three petals. The two topmost ones are usually the most distinct and brightly-coloured, while the bottom one, known as the lip or labellum, is often highly modified and can come in various forms – large and multi-coloured, fanned out or pouch-like.
“Ask me” tours are running daily at 11am and 3pm by friendly ‘Display Interpreters’ who share fascinating facts and anecdotes about the floral display. They last approx 15 mins with a minimum of 5 people. ( The guided tours are free, but admission charge to Flower Dome applies.)
Entrance to the Flower Dome and Cloud Domes costs $28 (adult) and $15 (child 3-12yo).
Discounts apply for local residents.