SINGAPORE - Lilies are the central attraction at a new display called Lilytopia at Gardens by the Bay.
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 to Singapore.
"While lilies are popularly seen in many floral arrangements in Singapore, we wanted to introduce visitors to the diversity of this elegant flower," said Mr Felix Loh, chief operating officer of Gardens by the Bay.
For example, the varieties include the trumpet hybrids, which have large trumpet-shaped flowers and are often sweet-smelling, and the Asiatic hybrids, which usually have medium-sized, unscented flowers that are brightly coloured.
Others such as the Oriental hybrids have large flowers, which are 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 Ella Lohyeethon, 10, a Singaporean who was visiting the Gardens.
The display is also Gardens by the Bay's first retro-themed one. Visitors can take photos with a hippie van display, or pose with a classic scooter, with songs from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones playing in the background.
"The music, flowers and decorations all contribute to a good experience," said Ms Loren Sun, 29, a tourist from Germany. The display will run from now until July 10, from 9am to 9pm every day at the Flower Dome. For local residents, the cost of admission is $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children.