Kiku pays homage to hanami, the custom of enjoying the ephemeral beauty of flowers, with magnificent displays of chrysanthemums. The show's centerpiece is an unforgettable presentation of kiku trained to grow in a mesmerizing variety of contemporary and traditional shapes and styles.
About the Kiku Designers
This year’s kiku team is led by Foreman of Gardeners, James Harkins, under the supervision of Marc Hachadourian, Director of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections. James trained with and works alongside kiku expert Yukie Kurashina, who was educated by kiku masters from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Marc curates NYBG’s extensive groupings of living plants from around the world housed in the Nolen Greenhouses, the behind-the-scenes glasshouses where plants for the Garden’s indoor and outdoor displays and science program are grown and maintained.
Francisca P. Coelho
The exhibition is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions, best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high-profile horticultural displays in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
J.C.C. Fund of The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.
LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation
The Japan Foundation
United States-Japan Foundation