10/2/2014 - 10/26/2014

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. 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. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well as taiko drumming, and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture.

Take a stroll along the Kiku Poetry Walk in the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum, curated by renowned poet Chase Twichell. Poetry will be displayed in the landscape and accompanied by a free cell phone audio tour.

Get an in-depth look into Kiku from guides stationed throughout the exhibition. Explore the Garden landscape with a Self-Guided Tree Tour, and learn more about Japanese maples, Tanyosho pines, and other trees native to Japan. Pick up a map in the Visitor Center to get started.

About the Designer
Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions, is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high-profile shows in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Presenting Sponsor: Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

Sponsored by: J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York

Additional support provided by: ITO EN (North America), Inc, Marubeni America Corporation, Mayer Brown, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Corporation of the Americas Foundation