The New York Botanical Garden put on exhibits all year long that have become NYC traditions. In 2007 they started a new one, Kiku “The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum” for the fall season at the exterior lily pond courts of the Haupt Conservatory.
Kiku is the Japanese word for Chrysanthemum. I knew nothing of this Japanese flower art form before visiting this exhibit. The Kiku are exhibits in forms of Ozukuri (thousand blooms), Ogiku (single stem) and kengai (cascade) the colors, sizes and sculptural placement of the flowers are inspirational.
The Kikus that are used to create these arrangements are grown and trained at the garden greenhouses during the year. If you walk to the Bourke-Sullivan Display House and Nolen Greenhouses you can see then growing, you just have to look around a bit. At the center court of the Haupt Conservatory they featured a geometric bamboo sculpture by Tetsunori Kawana. The New York Botanical Garden always seems crowded, but most people don’t enjoy this hiding treasure of NYC. Go and enjoy a good walk around the 250 acres of gardens and wooded areas.
Kiku at The New York Botanical Garden