Thursday, July 18, 2013
Yawn! It took some effort to get up this morning after getting back late last night, but eventually we were up and showered. The breakfast provided by Vintage Inn was simple but filling and soon we were checking out and walking over to Moon Hotel, our home for the next 2 nights.
We chose to stay at a hotel for our last 2 days rather than a hostel for privacy and freedom to come and go as we please 🙂 Since our stay at Moon Hotel last time was really nice, we decided to stay there again. And even though we arrived hours before check in time (with the expectation of just leaving our luggage in the lobby), we were given our room, no problem!
After dropping off our stuff, we decided to head down to Gardens by the Bay to specifically visit the conservatories. Oh, the excitement, especially when we could only see them from afar last time!
The conservatory complex consists of 2 columnless glasshouses – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The Flower Dome is actually the world’s largest columnless glasshouse!
“The construction of the glasshouses is special in two ways. First of all by being able to have such large a glass-roof without additional interior support (such as columns). Secondly because the constructions aims strongly at minimizing the environmental footprint.”
Tickets were $28 to visit both conservatories.
We decided to start with the Flower Dome which “replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments.”
“The Flower Dome features 7 different “gardens” as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.” Read more about them HERE.
Mike and I spent a few hours in here and loved it. So many beautiful subjects of photography!
Here are some of my favourites:
Stepping into the Flower Dome…
Lots of different kinds of cacti
One of the most interesting plants I saw for the first time: Golden Rat-tailed Cactus.
The Dessert Rose
Stones or plants? These are stone plants (Lithops spp) – Fooling their predators by looking like rocks, these plants are soft and juicy, adapted to store water!
A single beauty
Field of purple!
This plant was super pretty and interesting looking! Unfortunately, I can’t remember its name… and helpers?
Bright red plane
Some more pretty flowers!
This flower was quite odd. Can you see the way the stem is oriented from this picture?
Bi-coloured flower plant
Loved the pink and purple hues
Lots of pretty sights to take in, you wouldn’t believe how many photos I actually took!
The corny, child-like, couple picture
Hope you enjoyed the pictures! We could’ve spent forever in the Flower Dome if not for our rumbling stomachs.
Which means, next up, lunch!