This year, Gardens by the Bay’s festive display – Poinsettia Wishes – is inspired by a Nordic Christmas. Peppered across the Flower Dome are Christmas scenes that incorporate a number of Nordic landmarks, such as the Bolgen building in Denmark, Santa Claus Village in Finland, Hallgrimskirkja church in Iceland, Vennesla library in Norway, and Triangeln train station in Sweden. A choir of adorable Nordic gnomes called Nisse add to the festive cheer as a conductor leads them in song.
The yuletide scenes are set amidst a landscape of poinsettias – a flower closely associated with Christmas. Some 7,500 poinsettia plants of over 30 varieties – the widest range to date in Flower Dome – will be featured throughout the duration of the display. These are mostly cultivated in the Netherlands by Dümmen Orange, the world’s largest breeder and propagator, including 15 varieties that will be introduced in Gardens by the Bay for the first time. New varieties include the vibrant ‘Golden Glo’, with a bright yellow hue that complements the traditional red poinsettias; the unusual ‘Winter Rose Early Red’ with ruffled bracts that contrast with the typical flat-bracted poinsettias; and the delicate ‘Premium Marble’ with creamy white bracts and a light pink blaze down the centre.
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