The last installation of the Pocket Garden Surprise series, A Bit Of England, has been unveiled at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome. The mini garden display opened on 26 October and will run till 22 November 2020.
A Bit Of England at the Flower Dome
In A Bit Of England, visitors can view different English garden styles including a highly-manicured 17th century formal garden and a naturalistic 18th century English landscape garden.
In the mini garden, look out for yew topiaries and box hedges. There are also flowering shrubs such as lilium, impatiens, begonia and cyclamen.
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Pocket Gardens Surprise
The Pocket Gardens Surprise was launched in July this year when Flower Dome reopened after being closed during the Circuit Breaker period. The series consisted of a new mini garden display being introduced every fortnight. This was intended to encourage visitors to spread out and explore the various corners of the Flower Dome.
The Pocket Gardens Surprise mini garden displays featured creative themes such as “Edible Garden” and “Out of Africa”. Some of the temperate flowers showcased in Pocket Gardens Surprise were grown in-house by Gardens by the Bay’s horticulturists as supply chains were disrupted due to the pandemic.
Deputy Director of Flower Dome Gary Chua said, “Even though Pocket Gardens Surprise is significantly scaled down compared to our usual floral displays in Flower Dome given the limited resources, the amount of preparatory work involved is still intense. But the enjoyment we see on visitors’ faces, particularly when they take photos as mementos, makes the work worthwhile.”
Gardens by the Bay’s Plans for 2021
Gardens by the Bay will be bringing back its well-loved floral displays in Flower Dome in 2021. However, there will be a reduction in the number of floral displays with some displays allowed to run for a longer period. This will allow the number of people viewing the flower displays to be spread out over a longer stretch of time in order to prevent overcrowding.
Senior Director of Gardens Operations Andy Kwek, who heads the Safe Management Committee at Gardens by the Bay said, “Even as Gardens by the Bay looks to bring back events for the community to enjoy, we are ever mindful that we must continue to be vigilant about safety precautions and not let our guard down, especially as Singapore aims to move towards Phase 3. The safety of our visitors remains a priority, and we hope to have everyone’s cooperation as our staff on the ground continue to enforce safety measures including the wearing of masks and admissible group sizes.”