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
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.