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The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum

The New York Botanical Garden's upcoming flower show and cultural exhibition Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum, which will run from October 20 through November 18.

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Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum celebrates one of the most spectacular floral traditions in the most elaborate presentation ever seen beyond Japan. For more than 1,500 years, kiku (chrysanthemum in
Japanese) has been developed into exotic styles that will be on display in the The New York Botanical Garden's Conservatory Courtyards.

Visitors will marvel at what appears to be a massive flower bed but is in fact a single plant producing hundreds of simultaneous blossoms. They will be awed by dramatic compositions of single-stemmed plants, each reaching six feet tall with one perfect flower balanced on top. And they will witness bizarre waterfall-like plants bursting with hundreds of blossoms that cascade downward from their stems for more than six feet.

This Garden-wide exhibition also includes exquisite arrangements of bonsai, ikebana, Japanese maples, and bamboo sculpture; "Plants of Japan in Illustrated Books and Prints" in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library gallery; and a wide variety of kiku-themed programs for children and adults.

And even more. There are home gardening demonstrations. This exhibition represents the culmination of an exclusive multi-year cultural exchange and collaboration between Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo and The New York Botanical Garden, blending East and West through the flawless beauty and honored tradition of kiku.

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