Inside The New York Botanical Garden

How Do They Do That?: Kengai or ‘Cascade’

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions on October 1 2011, by Ann Rafalko

Kengai display
Kengai display in the Leon Levy Visitor Center, 2010

On October 5, kiku will join Fall Flowers of Japan in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory! Don’t miss these magnificent Japanese chrysanthemums trained to grow in a mesmerizing variety of shapes and styles. In anticipation, we’re taking an in-depth look at these fascinating flowers.

The kengai, or ‘cascade,’ display evokes wild kiku growing over a mountain cliff. The boat-shaped frame on which the kiku is trained becomes covered with hundreds of small flowers all grown from a single stem.

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Previous Days in the Kiku Countdown:

Kiku Classification: Decorative, Intermediate Incurve, Pompom, and Single and Semi-Doubles

How Do They Do That?: Ozukuri or ‘Thousand Bloom’

Kiku Classification: Irregular Incurve, Reflex, and Regular Incurve