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Lilies galore at the Gardens

Flowers that don't just look good but smell good too - lilies are the central attraction at Lilytopia, Gardens by the Bay's new display. The first floral display at the Gardens with lilies as the feature flower, it showcases over 50 varieties and more than 7,000 lily bulbs brought in from Europe.

"While lilies are popularly seen in many floral arrangements in Singapore, we wanted to introduce visitors to the diversity of this elegant flower," said Gardens by the Bay chief operating officer Felix Loh.

The varieties include trumpet hybrids, which have large trumpet- shaped flowers and are often sweet- smelling, and Asiatic hybrids, which usually have medium-sized, brightly coloured unscented flowers. The Oriental hybrids have big flowers, often white or pink, with a strong scent.

"I like the names of the lilies. I'm very curious about how to pronounce them," said 10-year-old Ella Lohyeethon, a Singaporean who was visiting the Gardens.

The display is also the attraction's first retro-themed one.

"The music, flowers and decorations all contribute to a good experience," said tourist Loren Sun, 29, from Germany.

The display is open from 9am to 9pm every day until July 10 at the Flower Dome. For local residents, admission costs $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children.

Jessie Lim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2016, with the headline 'Lilies galore at the Gardens'. Print Edition | Subscribe