'Tis the season for cherry blossoms at Gardens by the Bay

The iconic cherry blossoms are back again at Gardens by the Bay in a floral display called Blossom Bliss that will run until March 24, 2017.
The iconic cherry blossoms are back again at Gardens by the Bay in a floral display called Blossom Bliss that will run until March 24, 2017. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/GARDENS BY THE BAY
The flower of the Prunus Accolade cherry blossom tree.
The flower of the Prunus Accolade cherry blossom tree.PHOTO: GARDENS BY THE BAY

SINGAPORE - Last year saw the first time cherry blossoms successfully bloomed on local soil. This year the iconic trees, also known as sakura, are back again at Gardens by the Bay in a floral display called Blossom Bliss that will run until March 24.

More than 20 varieties of the weather-sensitive cherry blossoms are set in a Japanese-inspired landscape in Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome, including some new varieties not seen last year.

There are also more trees spread out around the conservatory compared with last year.

Among the varieties that have returned are the Prunus Accolade, a small spreading tree marked by its abundance of pale pink semi-double flowers; and the Prunus subhirtella Pendula, which spreads out in a graceful weeping pattern.

 

Said Gardens by the Bay chief operating officer Felix Loh: "Despite the challenges of bringing sakura to Singapore, we were encouraged by the positive response from the public last year to explore another floral display this year."

More than half of the trees are currently in bloom, according to the latest update from Gardens by the Bay's Facebook page on Wednesday (March 8).

Would-be visitors are encouraged to continue to monitor the Facebook page for updates on the state of flowering.

The flowers of the cherry blossom normally bloom for about one or two weeks.

Flower Dome opens from 9am to 9pm daily, with tickets available for booking online.