While the rest of Singapore battles hazy grey skies, find some fresh air and serenity amid hues of red, gold and pink in Gardens by the Bay's Celebration of Chrysanthemums display held in the Flower Dome.
Featuring more than 40 varieties of chrysanthemums, the display runs till Nov 10 and is one of the highlights of the Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay, the Gardens' celebrations for the festive season.
The blooms come from China, Japan and Malaysia. Unusual varieties include spider chrysanthemums, which have long tubular petals with hooked ends, and disbud chrysanthemums, with huge, round flower heads.
Other plants, such as maple and bonsai trees, are dotted throughout the display. All eight of the display's bonsai trees are at least 100 years old, with the oldest approaching its 200th birthday.
The bonsai trees are on loan from Chengtai Nursery in Telok Blangah, while the maple trees are from New Zealand.
VIEW IT/CELEBRATION OF CHRYSANTHEMUMS
WHERE: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
WHEN: Till Nov 10, 9am to 9pm daily
ADMISSION: From $12, go to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg for more information.
This is the first time the Gardens is having an exhibition using chrysanthemums as the main flower species.
These blooms were given the spotlight during the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations because they symbolise the autumn season in traditional Chinese art.
This year's Mid-Autumn celebrations are organised by Gardens by the Bay in partnership with the Chinese Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings, National Arts Council and People's Association.
Other highlights include a display of 17 lantern sets comprising 300 handmade lanterns at various locations around the gardens, a food street, a lantern-painting competition and cultural perform- ances by home-grown music and cultural groups, such as Nam Hwa Opera, Malay dance group Azpirasi and Indian dance group Apsaras Arts.
Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply, but Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for free under the SG50 Seniors Special which is valid till Dec 31.