Cherry blossom is a spectacular sight and is an important aspect of Japanese cultural tradition, being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.
For any runner who wishes to witness this amazing work of nature, you do not need to travel to Japan to view it when spring arrives.
Why? Because the cherry blossoms will bloom right here in tropical Singapore made possible by Gardens by the Bay.
Blossom Beats Floral Display
From today till 27 March, runners and all flower lovers will get to see this surprising sight at Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display, “Blossom Beats”.
Set within a traditional Japanese garden, “Blossom Beats” will feature quintessential Japanese elements such as a Torii gate, bonsai arrangements and the rousing beats of Taiko drums.
The cherry blossom, or Sakura, is considered the national flower of Japan. There will be over 20 varieties of cherry blossoms showcased in the floral display, such as the Prunus Fujishidare which has pendulous branches, the Prunus Yedoenis Yoshino which stands out with its striking white flowers, and the Prunus Accolade, with its pale pink blooms.
Did you know?
A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of the genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called Sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら). Cherry trees are valued for their fragrance and colour during the blooming season, but their blossoms are also used to add flavor and colour to food and beverages, most notably cherry blossom tea. Many of the varieties are also cultivated for ornamental use.
The blooming of the Sakura trees has started and is expected to continue over the next one to two weeks. In addition to cherry blossoms, peach blossoms are in bloom too. One of the must see highlights is the Prunus Genpei Shidare which has flowers of two different colours – red and white – growing on the same plant.
“Gardens by the Bay is a horticulture-themed attraction that delights its visitors with flowers not commonly seen in Singapore. With this in mind, we decided to bring in a variety of cherry and peach blossoms,” said Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay.
This is the first time visitors are able to witness such a myriad of cherry and other blossoms, in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. This experimental floral display hopes to give visitors a truly unique and memorable experience.
So hurry and head down to the Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome before this beautiful sight is over. Opening hours are from 9 a.m – 9 p.m, daily. Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply.
PS: If you wish to witness the most authentic cherry blossoms and Torii gate, we highly recommend checking out the first ever Miyajima Marathon.