20th World Orchid Conference (WOC) at Marina Bay Sands with Preview of Gardens by the Bay

Seriously, we did not know that the World Orchid Conference (WOC) was already into its 20th year but we were pleasantly surprised by the splendid showcase of orchids by various groups from all over the world…

20th World Orchid Conference (WOC)


Logo of the 20th World Orchid Conference WOC

At the entrance…


Wall to the entrance of 20th World Orchid Conference WOC

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens or students. There are also 10% discounts for ntuc, passion, safra (among the cards we can remember). The cost of this price also includes a preview of Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome (an air conditioned indoor display of plants and vegetation) scheduled to open in 6 months time in 2012.


Ticket to 20th World Orchid Conference WOC (includes preview of Gardens by the Bay)

There is also complimentary shuttle bus service from Marina Bay MRT to Gardens by the Bay to the Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre (looping in that order)


Complimentary shuttle service from Marina Bay MRT to Gardens by the Bay to Marina Bay Sands , Sands Expo and Convention Centre


Entrance to the 20th WOC World Orchid Conference at Marina Bay Sands


Map of the 20th WOC (World Orchid Conference) at Marina Bay Sands

Before we start, perhaps we should learn more about orchids and its origin…


Parts of the Orchid


Words in the gents…bet you didnt know about this!

Close to the entrance are the VIP orchids such as this named after Nelson Mandela


Orchid named after Nelson Mandela

and of course our national flower – The Vanda Miss Joaquim


Vanda Miss Joaquim at 20th WOC (World Orchid Conference)

The organisers have put in much effort to bring in different orchids and their hybrids from all over the world…


Orchids from all over the world at the 20th WOC (World Orchid Conference)

Unique orchids include…


5 petaled Orchid


Orchid that looks like a crib with a baby inside


Brown Orchids


Hybrid Pitcher Orchid Plants


2 Petaled Orchid


Triangular Shaped Orchid


Arty Farty Close Up Shot of really small Orchids

There are also displays from different societies and countries from all over the world such as


Display from the Orchid Society of South East Asia


Orchid displays from Indonesia


Orchid displays from Malaysia


Orchid Display from the UK

There were also real pitcher plants…


Real pitcher plants

a huge one at that…


Huge pitcher plant

as well as flower arrangements…


Orchid Bridal Hand Bouquets

the winner…


Winner of Orchid Bridal Hand Bouquet


Winning Flower Arrangement


Other winners of flower arrangement


An appeal for aid to Japan

There are also displays for competition at the schools and junior levels…


Displays after the competition


One of the winners


Cute Theme


Yet another winner

The standing categories…


Shaped like the flyer


The winner…

Some walkabout videos at the 20th WOC (World Orchid Conference) at the Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre…


Walk about Part 1


Walk about Part 2


Walk about Part 3


Revolving Petronas Tower

Gardens by the Bay

Next we headed to the Gardens by the Bay via the free shuttle service. The tickets to the WOC included a complimentary preview to the Gardens by the Bay! The shuttle bus came at a high frequency (i.e. short waiting time) at least during our wait. We waited for only about 5 minutes eventhough the expected waiting time was about 10-15 mins.


Map of the Gardens by the Bay


Iconic Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop


Iconic outer view of the Flower Dome


Entrance to the Flower Dome

As we entered, we were awed by the huge strange looking trees and cactus. The temperature was quite cold (around 23 degrees). The temperature and humidity is strictly controlled in here for these vegetation and plants to flourish…

The Flower Dome is about 45 metres high and spans 1.2 hectares. The most eye catching plant in the Flower Dome has got to be the Baobabs. The bulbous trunks (looking like a prenant tree) helps the tree to store water during dry seasons. They are also known as bottle trees.

Throughout the Flower Dome, there are other gardens such as the Succulent Garden (mostly cacti), the Australian Garden, the South American Garden, Mediterranean Garden as well as the Olive Grove so do take time to check them out as well!


As you enter the Flower Dome…


Another view from within


View from the highest point in the flower dome


View of the trees with bulbous trunks that store water

We were directed by the staff to make a loop to the highest point in the Flower Dome, before heading downstairs where the exit was. The overall feel was as if you had entered an enchanted garden. It was amazing to see Singapore having such an attraction!

 

Here are some videos from within for our readers…


Preview of Gardens by the Bay Part 1


Preview of Gardens by the Bay Part 2


Preview of Gardens by the Bay Part 3

Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Helix Bridge

Before we left the Marina Bay area altogether, we took some shots at the Shoppes as well as the Helix Bridge overlooking the Marina Bay…Enjoy!


The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands


The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands


View of the Marina Bay from Helix Bridge Part 1


View of the Marina Bay from Helix Bridge Part 2 (The other end of the bridge)

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the 20th WOC as well as the Gardens by the Bay. The organisers have indeed put in alot of effort to make it all happen and here at 2bearbear.com we would like to congratulate them for a job well done!

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