[dropcap size=small]V[/dropcap]incent Van Gogh was an extraordinary master of colour. A lover of nature, the Dutch countryside was often his muse. At the height of his powers, he cast oil on canvases with startling fluidity, creating impressionistic landscapes that swirled with dreamlike beauty.
So when the wildly popular Tulipmania returns to Gardens by the Bay this April, it will present a vivid floral landscape, inspired by the Dutch artist’s imaginative oeuvre. Held from April 1 to May 7, Tulipmania evokes the refreshing ambience of springtime in Europe, with more than 100 colourful varieties of tulips and hyacinths in bloom.
Also back by popular demand are the Darwin hybrid tulips. They’re much beloved for their brilliant colours and huge, pyramid blooms, and are a delight to admire up close.
Located within the Flower Dome, these prized blooms are ingeniously arranged to compose two of Van Gogh’s most celebrated pieces, a Self-Portrait with Straw Hat and The Starry Night.
Now in its fifth edition, this year’s Tulipmania also departs from early editions with its distinctly European setting. Take in picturesque views along winding paths reminiscent of a charming English garden, flanked by a bubbling fountain and a central pavilion. It’s almost as if you’re transported to the grounds of the Netherlands’ famed spring gardens, Keukenhof.
Lest you be inspired to view tulips in their homeland, Tulipmania’s official partner airline since 2014, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, runs daily scheduled flights to Amsterdam. You’ll also get a chance to win a trip to Amsterdam in KLM’s Instagram contest.
Don’t miss this garden of inspiration for a wonderful spring day in.