Fall Flowers of Japan

September 17–October 30

Autumn's splendor comes alive with magnificent fall-flowering plants from Japan. Immerse yourself in the celebration of Japanese culture with enchanting traditional dance and music, intricate kiku, and much more. Internationally renowned artist and ikebana master Tetsunori Kawana creates a dazzling sculpture composed of reclaimed materials such as branches, vines, and stumps from the Garden's grounds. Now on display: kiku--magnificent Japanese chrysanthemums trained to grow in a mesmerizing variety of shapes and styles. {phpab linktest}Get your tickets.{/phpab linktest}


Kiku is the traditional art of training Japanese chrysanthemums into a series of beautiful, intricate forms and displays. Many examples of this mesmerizing floral art form are on display now in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, including two ozukuri and a blooming bridge over a serene reflecting pool.


As you enter Fall Flowers of Japan through the Conservatory's Palm Dome, you will be greeted by Tanjou; an installation by world-renowned ikenbana master Tetsunori Kawana. The sculpture--created with salvaged branches, twigs, vines, stumps, and roots from the grounds of the Botanical Garden in the days following tropical storms Irene and Lee--is entitled Tanjou or "rebirth."

Traditional Japanese Music and Dance Performances

Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

The Tomofuji-Kai Company employs the shamisen (a three-stringed instrument), hand drums, and vocals for a performance of music and dances from Japan.

Bonsai Q&A

Saturdays & Sundays, 12–4 p.m.

Ask experts from the Yama Ki Bonsai Society and Shanti Bithi Nursery as well as Garden docents all about the art of bonsai, miniaturizing mature shrubs and trees to create living sculptures. Browse the offerings from Shop in the Garden and select one to take home.

Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging

Saturdays, September 17, 24, & October 15, 12 p.m.

Ikebana is a complex form of asymmetrical flower arranging. Join an expert for a brief demonstration of this timeless and elegant art.

The Sounds of Japan

Sunday, October 16, 5 p.m.

As part of the Live at NYBG Concert Series, students of Masayo Ishigure play contemporary pieces on traditional instruments; the koto, a 13-stringed Japanese zither, accompanied by the samisen, a three-stringed Japanese guitar. The delicate but intense expressiveness of the koto and the familiar sounds of the samisen--often heard in Japanese theater such as kabuki--captivate listeners in the beauty of this art form.

Non-Member $10/Member $5
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