An Orchid Extravaganza with Peranakan flavour

A Peranakan-inspired Orchid Extravaganza at Gardens by the Bay sees colourful blooms spring to life amid shophouse facades, tingkat carriers and kebayas. The Orchid Extravaganza, held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival 2018, runs from
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A Peranakan-inspired Orchid Extravaganza at Gardens by the Bay sees colourful blooms spring to life amid shophouse facades, tingkat carriers and kebayas.

The Orchid Extravaganza, held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival 2018, runs from today till Aug 22 at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome.

More than 14,000 orchids of 120 varieties are on display, ranging from the Phalaenopsis Tinny Honey to the Perreiraara Tony Tan Keng Yam.

The extravaganza's creative director Royston Tan, better known as an award-winning film-maker, wanted to create a display that represents Singapore's multicultural heritage.

The flowers pay homage to the colours of kueh and other local desserts. Slipper orchids serve as a sly allusion to nonya slippers while colourful orchids hanging from bamboo poles are a nod to the practice of hanging clothes out to dry.

Orchids from the Singapore Orchid Growers' Association's Orchid Show will be on display from July 21 to 29. For more information, go to https://www.singaporegardenfestival.com.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2018, with the headline 'An Orchid Extravaganza with Peranakan flavour'. Print Edition | Subscribe