Spent a lovely Fall afternoon at the New York Botanical Garden, checking out the Kiku exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden (see banner below).
The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well as taiko drumming, and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture.
Sheila and I have been to several chrysanthemum exhibits, but this is the first time that the Botanical Garden staff have “flown solo” without the support of experienced Japanese specialists. They did a brilliant job.
This is a must-see exhibit to truly appreciate these floral sculptures that are so important to Japanese culture.