Mum’s the Word!
It wouldn’t be October without mentioning Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden opening tomorrow at The New York Botanical Garden. It’s one of our favorite exhibits and it really showcases the chrysanthemum in a whole new light.
Aerin – Alvaney Loafer
C. Wonder – Crystal Fan Earrings
Growing up in Europe, mums were somewhat shunned in our house since they’re symbolic of death (i.e. they’re often used at funerals and to decorate graves) so we never really got to appreciate their ephemeral beauty.
See by Chloe – Ellipses Silk Crepe
Chrysanthemums have quite the opposite reputation in Japan where they’re celebrated during The Festival of Happiness (National Chrysanthemum Day), one of five ancient festival days in that country.
Dash & Albert – Mums Stripe Rug
Kim Seybert – Ikat Pillows
And it would only be natural to give mums on Mother’s Day like they do in Australia – mums for mum, how sweet!
Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
“Kiku in the Japanese Garden” opens today at The New York Botanical Garden and we can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the beautiful cascades, cones and columns of brilliantly hued chrysanthemums. For the past two years, the Conservatory Courtyards have been transformed into a setting that evokes the gardens of Kyoto including undulating masses of ferns and perennials and the exquisitely handcrafted pavilions which showcase these amazing floral sculptures of kiku (Japanese for chrysanthemum).
"Driving Rain" Display at The New York Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden experts work up to 11 months to grow, train and shape the kiku on display, and sadly, this is the last year these beautiful plants will be shown in this setting. Luckily, we have found other mums to celebrate fall’s fleeting beauty!
Liora Manne - Mum Rug
Caspari - Chrysanthemums Napkin
Red Ruby Rose - Pink Mum Clutch
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Martha Stewart - Chrysanthemum Cupcake
Todd Alexander Romano - Small Chrysanthemum
The exhibit runs from October 17 through November 15. For more information and tickets, visit The New York Botanical Garden their popular blog Plant Talk.
Photos from The New York Botanical Garden, Liora Manne, Caspari, Red Ruby Rose, NYBG Store, Martha Stewart and Elle Decor