Over 70 rose varieties on display at Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance

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A flower show featuring over 70 varieties of roses was launched by Gardens by the Bay on Friday 13 May.

the romance of roses exhibition, set up in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Singapore, was organized to mimic the Italian landscape. The rose is the national flower of Italy and is traditionally used by Italians on many special occasions.

Roses featured in the exhibit include climbing roses, hybrid tea roses, miniature roses and more. Some of the unique varieties first introduced include Pink ‘Friedenslicht’ or ‘Light of Peace’, named for 70 years of peace after World War II, and Pink ‘Brocéliande’, which is inspired by the Arthurian legend of Merlin and his beloved Viviane.

Rosa ‘Broceliande’ is a two-tone rose with cherry red and ivory or yellow flowers. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY

The exhibition contains small narrow cobbled streets that mimic Italian alleys. Visitors can also get a taste of the Italian countryside on the Flower Field Walk.

Highlights of the exhibit include a gazebo, floral arches, a countryside picnic setup, Vespa scooters from the movie roman holidays and a depiction of Juliet’s Balcony from the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet.

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A local recreation of Juliet’s balcony in the Casa di Giulietta (House of Juliet), which is a famous tourist attraction in Verona, Italy. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay will also feature special rose-themed floral installations from five different local florists – Bucket full of roses, Fiore Dorato, Friday’s Garden, The Interior Collections and wild questions. There will be a different installation each week.

Alongside the flower show, visitors can expect free opera performances by Italian soprano Marcella di Garbo and baritone Lorenzo Barbieri. They will take place at staggered times on June 4 and 5 in the Flower Field Hall next to the entrance to the Flower Dome. Registration begins May 23 and more details will be released in due course.

The Italian community will also organize workshops for the public such as making crepe paper flowers and coloring postcards. Some are free, but others require a fee for materials.

romance of roses will be open from now until June 12 at the Flower Dome in Gardens by the Bay. A Flower Dome admission fee applies for access to the exhibition and all associated workshops.


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