Friday, November 16, 2012

The Beauty of "Kiku": Japanese Chrysanthemums at the New York Botanical Garden

Ozukuri, a hillock of hundreds of perfectly spaced chrysanthemum blossoms from a single plant.
Kengai–or “cascade” kiku–relies on a single cutting to create a web of many smaller branches
Japanese chrysanthemums are in full bloom in an intimate exhibition in the Nolen Greenhouses' Bourke-Sullivan Display House, a wing of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. On display are hundreds of intricately trained chrysanthemums in both modern and ancient styles, including Ozukuri (thousand blooms), Kengai (cascade), and Ogiku (single stem). Newer stylistic interpretations include a bridge, pom poms, spirals, columns, a chrysanthemum house, and a sculpted chrysanthemum tree. The exhibit continues through Sunday, November 18.

2 comments:

Jeff Darlington said...

Hi there! I was recently browsing some photos of the Bethesda Fountain, in search of a great photo of the fountain as seen through the arches of the terrace, and I haven't found anything as good as the photo you took in 2007. I'm wondering... Do you happen to also have a color version of that photo? Or only the black and white one pictured? Would love to hear back! Great job with your photos. Thanks.

Alice said...

magic.