Gardens By The Bay: Rhododendron Radiance

Showcased for the first time in a floral display at Gardens by the Bay, rhododendrons are among the showiest flowering shrubs admired for their big, beautiful and bright blooms. Amidst this lush and vibrant landscape filled with over 80 varieties of rhododendrons in white, yellow, orange and red, spot the Gardens’ adorable bear mascots soaking up the great outdoors. From camping and fishing to zip-lining and hot air ballooning, join in the adventure as you explore this colourful display. These displays at the Flower Dome will last till Monday, 28 October 2019. As rhododendron blooms are not long-lasting, catch them earlier rather than later.

There are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons that can be found in both temperate forests and tropical rainforests in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, but over 80 varieties seen in this floral display hail from New Zealand. These rhododendrons are of the temperate variety which prefers a cooler climate and differs from the humidity-loving tropical vireya rhododendrons that can be found in the Cloud Forest. The rhododendron derives its name from the Greek words for ‘rose’ and ‘tree.’ These mostly evergreen plants are cultivated mainly for landscaping purposes as they come in attractive colours.

The Cloud Forest, an adjacent Dome to the Flower Dome, is another worthwhile venue as more interesting exhibits have been introduced. Credit: Gardens By the Bay.

NOTE: A new Instagram Account has been set-up where most of my photographs on flowers over the years have been posted. Have a peek here: