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Monday, October 3, 2016

Tribal Tempo @ Gardens by the Bay

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We have been Friends of the Gardens for almost 2 years and every visit to Gardens by the Bay has been refreshing and pleasant. There is always something new and we enjoyed visiting the cooling conservatories.

Being FOG, entitles you to unlimited admission to Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway, free parking for the first 2 hours, exclusive merchant discounts, and more! Check out more details on the following link - http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/join-us/friends-of-the-gardens/friends-privileges.html

Tribal Tempo - the latest display at the Flower Dome features colourful landscape of South Africa, showcasing its native flora, from vibrant Gazanias and Gerberas, to the unusual looking Proteas and Aloe Trees.

Last month, our family stepped into a safari tour to discover the striking blooms of African fynbos to the exquisite King Protea - the national flower of South Africa.


I was intrigued by the Aloe Trees (aloidendron dichotoma) which have smooth branches but sharp and rough edges on its bark. It is said that the branches of the trees are used by the natives to make quivers for their arrows.



Do not miss the King Protea which has the largest flower head in the Proteaceae family, measuring up to 30cm in diameter. Given its magnificent appearance, no wonder it is the national flower of South Africa. Each flower head actually contains a collection of smaller flowers in the centre, surrounded by large bracts in cream, powder-pink or crimson.


Serruria flourida x rosea 'Pretty N Pink' - another flowering plant in the Proteaceae family. Lovely dainty pink flowers with fine feathery foliage. One of my favourite among the collection.


Leucospermum is another genus from the family Proteaceae. Pincushion Protea is a rounded spreading shrub which has a single main stem and horizontally spreading stems, and one to three large inflorescence (clusters of many small flowers).


Colourful Gerbera Daisies blooming in the field.  Love the way the petals are layered.


hmmm.. this one has an odd shape :)

Zantedeschia aethiopica, also known as the Calla Lily or Arum Lily, stands out with its large, white flower that has only one 'petal'. Actually a modified leaf, it curls around a large yellow or pink floral spike containing the true little flowers to form a cone shape. I can imagine it to be part of a nice bouquet as a gift.


Awesome floral arrangement. Am sure it will brighten your day.

Step into South Africa's Widlife at the Flower Field! Known as the 'Big 5', the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and Cape buffalo are referred to as such by big game hunters. Spot the various animal sculptures spreading across the field.



More than just deserts and savannahs, South Africa actually is home to a lush world of unique plant life.

What's more!? Shake it up this Children's Day! Children who drop by between 1 Oct and 9 Oct get a free maracas each*! Given out on first-come, first-served basis, while stocks last. :)

Tribal Tempo
Date: 9 September 2016 – 30 October 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
*Admission charge to the conservatories applies

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