Everyone loves flowers; they make people smile and tend to cheer up even the most somber of occasions. When you think of iconic flower-filled destinations, the Netherlands and its tulips probably come to mind. Lots of people travel to the Netherlands in the spring, in order to see the famous tulips fields and the Keukenhof gardens. If you’re a flower lover and are wondering if you can see some blooms, there’s some flower experience you shouldn’t miss in Singapore. It's around the corner of Marina Bay, No, I am not referring to Gardens By The Bay - it's actually located at the open field facing directly opposite the Marina One Residences. Although it’s technically not a flower field, this huge open space is home to many potted bougainvillea flowers. The best part is that access is free and as there are not many people around, you don’t have to wait to take the perfect picture!
In case you are lamenting all those lost pandemic vacations, ✈ or if you have been craving a holiday or want to escape into another "country", this amazing field of blooming bougainvillea flowers could be a sight to behold. I know that we are unable to travel out of Singapore to enjoy such sites due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but hopefully these bougainvillea flower field photos will make you stare in awe as much as they did for me.
It was a sunny day as I wandered through the field, a quiet place to walk and see huge array of colours. Flower field make gorgeous backdrops for photos and Instagram posts. But they are also great stress relievers because they offer a peaceful and relaxing ambiance. Walking along the ticklish bushes, grouped in rows, gives me an immense sense of joy as it shows nature at her prettiest.
The Bougainvillea is a popular tropical and subtropical ornamental flower which belongs to the family Nyctaginaceae. Its small, cream-coloured flowers are trumpet shaped and occur in threes. Large colourful bracts, commonly mistaken for petals, surround these and help to attract pollinators. Common colours of these bracts include magenta, purple, white, orange and crimson, though ‘rainbow’ coloured Bougainvillea, with flowers of two colours on the same plant, are also often seen today as well.
The Bougainvillea is a signature plant in the Singapore landscape. It is extensively planted here because it flowers all year round in our local hot and wet weather conditions, and flowering is encouraged by controlling the amount of water and fertiliser that plants receive. Bougainvillea grows well in warm weather and under steady sunlight. The hotter the weather, the more aggressively these flowers bloom.
The reason why bougainvillea flowers are so common in Singapore is also part of the late Lee Kuan Yew's legacy. He believed that greenery in the environment helped to improve the people's spirit, a point he mentioned in a 1995 speech. As such, bougainvillea flowers were brought in to decorate the Singapore landscape so as to beautify it.
There are many varieties of the Bougainvillea, each coming with different characteristics such as thorn length as well as shape, hairiness and flowering regularity. Their flowering displays, however, often vary in intensity. Other species, mostly Bougainvillea spectabilis varieties, are quite seasonal, and tend to flower much less frequently in Singapore. When they do however, the resulting display is usually very intense and eye-catching.
You can visit the bougainvillea flower field by foot, by bike or by car. If you plan to visit the field by foot, the best way to get there is to take the train to Marina Bay MRT station, and exit A which you will then have to walk towards the Marina Bay Sands direction. The field will be on the right after you exit the MRT station, it's just less than 5 minutes walk, just opposite Marina One.
Here's some advice when visiting the bougainvillea flower field: