Need some cheering up? Gardens the Bay has the perfect solution, as the Flower Dome is swathed in a sea of pink and white cherry and peach blossoms, marking the fifth edition of their annual Sakura Matsuri.
While for many, travel plans have been put on hold, Gardens by the Bay has launched its Where Flowers Never Stop Blooming initiative, standing with Singaporeans to remain resilient and positive during a difficult time. As a national garden, Gardens by the Bay remains open for residents to connect and find joy in nature, in the belief that people can revitalise mind, body and soul amidst green open spaces. In a time where many people are deferring travel, the Gardens also brings a little bit of the world to Singapore.
From now till 15th March 15, Gardens by the Bay is offering 500 Singapore residents whose trips to Japan during sakura season have been disrupted by COVID-19 the chance to visit Flower Dome for free during the Sakura Matsuri floral display. People can share what their disrupted Japan trip meant to them through the Gardens’ website to stand a chance to receive tickets to Flower Dome. The most compelling reason even wins a bonus “trip to Japan” right here in Singapore, which includes Flower Dome tickets to enjoy cherry blossoms, and Pan Pacific Singapore’s Great Fun-mily Escapade package that comes with a weekend staycation for two adults and two children, with a brunch at Keyaki Japanese restaurant thrown in as well.
In a further collaboration with Pan Pacific Singapore, visitors can receive even 30 per cent off their bill (until 30th June 2020) at the hotel’s Edge, Hai Tien Lo and Keyaki restaurants if they present a Gardens by the Bay conservatory ticket. For Gardens by the Bay, such collaborations are a way for local businesses to show support for one another, and demonstrate a united Singapore spirit.
Says Gardens by the Bay’s CEO Felix Loh: “Gardens by the Bay was created to bring the world of plants and flowers to Singapore for everyone to enjoy. I hope this year’s Sakura Matsuri brings the excitement of cherry blossoms to Singapore, and to people who missed out on travelling to Japan due to the prevailing situation. Our green spaces continue to be open for respite and recreation. Local businesses should support each other during this difficult period, and we are glad to have Pan Pacific Singapore on board to collaborate with us.”
General Manager of Pan Pacific Singapore Kurt O. Wehinger says: “We truly appreciate the efforts taken by Gardens by the Bay to rally everyone and to uplift the spirit during this challenging time, and are happy to play a small part in contributing to this event.
But of course, the event itself still remains a breathtaking sight for all to see. Present at the launch were Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore His Excellency Jun Yamazaki and Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Professor Tommy Koh. Over 500 cherry and peach blossom trees are featured this year, including returning favourites like the award-winning cherry blossom cultivar Prunus ‘Accolade’ with shell-pink blooms and the classic Prunus ‘Yedoensis’ with elegant white flowers.
Local artist Quek Kiat Sing was so inspired when she visited Sakura Matsuri with her parents in 2018 that she devoted a series of paintings to cherry blossoms. Reproductions of six of her artworks can be viewed alongside the floral display this year.
Plus, visitors can opt for a Hanami Experience with a difference, which includes a two-way ride between Bayfront Plaza and Flower Dome on the autonomous vehicle Auto Rider, yukata rental, a hanami pack of sakura-flavoured snacks and green tea, and sakura sake tasting.
This sakura season, visit Gardens by the Bay and indulge in the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms, and soothe your soul with the beauty of nature at Sakura Matsuri 2020.
Sakura Matsuri runs till 29th March 2020 at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay. More information and tickets available from their website here Ticketing promotions for Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories; Floral Fantasy and Supertree Observatory have been extended till 29th March. More info available here