Dahlia Dreams 2024 At Gardens By The Bay: Dragons In The Flower Field

Dahlia Dreams 2024: Legend of the Dragon Gate
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Dragons and dahlias come together at Dahlia Dreams 2024 at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome for the Chinese New Year. These include colourful dragon lantern sets, each symbolising the elements of metal, water, fire and earth, as well as a stunning centrepiece featuring the mythical beast. 


Dahlia Dreams 2024 at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

Dahlia Dreams 2024 at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

Dahlia Dreams 2024 ushers in the Year of the Dragon with beautiful flowers. 

There are more than 1,000 dahlias of 40 varieties. Amongst these are “dinnerplate dahlias”, so-called because some measure up to 25 cm in diameter. 


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Some of the dahlias to look out for include the Dahlia ‘Gloriosa’, with red petals splashed on a creamy yellow base, resembling the strokes of an artist’s brush and Dahlia ‘Duet’, a striking two-toned decorative dahlia with bold purple petals and crisp white tips.

Accompanying the the dahlias are other Chinese New Year blooms such as celosias, asters, chrysanthemums, cymbidiums, guzmanias, oncidiums, marigolds, pussy willows, hydrangeas, lilies, and camellias.


Dragons on Display for Chinese New Year 2024

Dragons on Display for Chinese New Year 2024 at Gardens by the Bay

When you first step in to the Flower Dome, you will be greeted by The Bearer of Infinite Blessings.

Thi s is a six-metre-tall dragon sculpture specially created by British sculptor James Doran-Webb for the Dahlia Dreams floral display.

It breathes out smoke and is set amidst a water feature. The sculpture is constructed from approximately 2,000 pieces of wood repurposed from dead trees as well as recycled stainless steel and took 9,000 hours to put together.

The Bearer of Infinite Blessings symbolises prosperity and renewal this Chinese New Year.

After Dahlia Dreams, the sculpture will travel to the United Kingdom to be showcased at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show by The Royal Horticultural Society in May. 


Dragon Centrepiece

Dragon Centrepiece

The centrepiece of Dahlia Dreams 2024 is the a dragon that reaches the height of two-storeys at 7 metres tall and stretching 15 metres across, rises in the centre of Flower Dome amidst more than 1,000 dahlias of 40 varieties.

It is created out of wood in commemoration of the Year of the Wood Dragon.

Over 30 beneficiaries from Dementia Singapore, made up of persons living with dementia and their caregivers, came together over the course of a week to create 30 floral arrangements made of preserved hydrangeas, lunarias, and statice in the auspicious colours of red and yellow.

These floral arrangements were then incorporated into the body of the dragon centrepiece, forming its “scales”.


Dragon Lantern Sets & More

Dragon Lantern Sets & More

Four colourful dragon lantern sets, each symbolising the elements of metal, water, fire and earth, decorate the flower field.

Dragon Dance

There is also a display of a pair of dragon dance dragons.


Carps Leap Over the Dragon Gate

Carps Leap Over the Dragon Gate

A floral display interprets the Chinese saying 鱼跃龙门, which translates into “carps leap over the dragon gate”. It is a metaphor for courage and the pursuit of greatness amidst challenges.


Photo Spots

Dahlia Dreams 2024 also has several photo spots that would be great for a Chinese New Year photo. 

Photo Spots

Sit in a pair of red traditional chairs. 

Dancing Lions

Or pose in front of a set of dancing lions. 


Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay

When: 19 January to 17 March 2024, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply
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