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An Air Conditioned Garden

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An Air Conditioned Garden

Cristina Soriano

Walking through the cloud dome!

Walking through the cloud dome!

On a short visit to Singapore for the home trade fair Maison et Objet, I knew I had to not only visit the show and meet vendors, but I had to eat chicken rice at the Maxwell Road hawkers, visit the botanical gardens, dine at Ku De Ta on top of the Marina Bay Sands towers, enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel and experience Gardens by the Bay. And, in the short trip to the island, I was able to complete just that. 

What I found most impressive out of all the indulgences of eating and drinking during my Singapore trip, was visiting the Gardens by the Bay. In the middle of the concrete jungle of the city lies 101 hectors of reclaimed land dedicated to gardens. No, they are not the typical botanical gardens (although the Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanicals were more than impressive), but unique, ultra modern and intricate plots. 

The spectacular planted wall adorned with a million varieties of orchids and other flora and fauna.

The spectacular planted wall adorned with a million varieties of orchids and other flora and fauna.

Some of these flowers look like they are made out of velvet

Some of these flowers look like they are made out of velvet

I love the juxtaposition of the modern roof with the natural plants. 

I love the juxtaposition of the modern roof with the natural plants. 

The Flower Dome was equally as stunning, with a mix of gardens from all around the world. 

Within the dome are sections that replicate various parts of the world – mild, dry conditions of the Mediterranean, semi-arid regions like Australia and Africa and more tropical areas of Asia. It was utterly amazing to see the myriad of varieties housed under one roof!

I love the color of the wall and the fallen ivy

I love the color of the wall and the fallen ivy

The trunk of a tree shaped like a heart <3

The trunk of a tree shaped like a heart <3

No trip to Asia would be complete without a selfie!!!

No trip to Asia would be complete without a selfie!!!

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