No need to fly to Tokyo to witness the annual autumn flowering of the regal chrysanthemum. A swipe of your MetroCard and a ride on the D train to the Bronx will transport you to a traditional yet innovative display of fall’s favorite fleeting flower at the New York Botanical Garden.
Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, returns to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory from October 8 through 30, 2016, with magnificent displays of chrysanthemums in awe-inspiring shapes, styles and colors. The chrysanthemum is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants. The New York Botanical Garden’s unforgettable presentation of these flowers, painstakingly trained to grow in a mesmerizing variety of forms and sizes, pays homage to hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the ephemeral beauty of flowers.
To compliment the exhibit, special weekend programs shine a spotlight Japanese culture. You will find taiko drumming, ikebana flower-arranging demonstrations, meditation walks, haiku workshops and much more, all included in the price of admission ($20 weekdays, $25 weekends and holiday Mondays). These intriguing floral installations are works of art as creative as anything you will see in a fine art gallery, but they are fleeting, so get there while these magnificent live flowers last.
B, D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. Walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd. to the Mosholu Gate entrance. An alternative is Metro-North to Botanical Garden Station.
Photo credit: New York Botanical Garden