Photo of cascading kiku flowers

Kiku: Spotlight on Tradition

Friday, October 25, 2019 – Sunday, November 17, 2019

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See the culmination of meticulously trained kiku

The chrysanthemum—or kiku—carries a centuries-long history as a treasured flower and horticultural passion in Japan, representing the apex of a craft that demands precision, care, and patience. Our own kiku display is the result of all three: an exhibit of unparalleled beauty representing #plantlove in its truest form. Expertly trained NYBG horticulturists spend countless hours across 11 months nurturing and coaxing these chrysanthemums into both modern and ancient forms, including the sculpted curves and twists of the bonsai style; the colorful waterfall of Kengai (“Cascade”); the immense, demanding Ozukuri (“Thousand Bloom”); and more.

Image of a Japanese Maple Tree

Discover Japanese Maples

Complementing the petals of the kiku in the nearby Bourke-Sullivan Display House, sprays of bright red, yellow, purple, and orange make the Steinhardt Maples a must-see collection. These historic Japanese varieties greet fall with the vivid glow of their changing leaves, creating a sense of warmth as the weather cools.

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Discover How the Exhibition Is Brought to Life

See the Final Tying of the Ozukuri

Lead Sponsor

J.C.C. Fund of The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York

Additional Support provided by:
Tokio Marine America