Wednesday, November 1, 2017 through Thursday, November 30, 2017

During the month of November, Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden. 

More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more! Take in the oranges, reds and yellows of autumn to unusually bright pinks, pale lavenders, lime green, and even stripes of the chrysanthemum. 

Ninth Moon Floral Showcase

In conjunction with Mumvember, Lan Su hosts the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase presented in partnership with the Floral Design Institute, showcasing the work of 25 of the region's best floral designers along with floral demonstrations, presentations, and talks.

Learn more about the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase »


Chrysanthemums are mentioned in Chinese literature as early as the 7th century BCE and inspired more writing in China than any other plant—likely the result of early praise by the famous poet Tao Yuanming (365-427 CE) whose poems about chrysanthemums have been recited by generation after generation.

Along with the plum, orchid and bamboo, the chrysanthemum has become known as one of the “Four Gentleman of Flowers.” Revered for its late and long-lasting bloom, these characteristics were likened to those of the mature “gentleman” scholar whose wisdom and integrity grew with each year.

The Chinese have long been masters at chrysanthemum cultivation developing more than 20 cultivars by the 10th century and 2,000 by the early 19th! Chrysanthemums have many practical uses including as a source for tea, wine and medicine.

Behind the Scenes of Mumvember

  • In May, the horticulture staff took hundreds of cuttings from last year’s stock plants. Each cutting was labeled, watered and tended for weeks until it developed enough roots to be transferred to a one-gallon pot.
  • By the end of June, each one-gallon potted plant was fertilized and began to sprout new growth.
  • By July, most all of the plants grew beyond 10 inches and were cut back to six inches to promote branching. Plants were re-potted to larger two-gallon pots.
  • In August, the larger, bushier plants were staked. The large-flowering types were dis-budded (by hand) to a single king bud encouraging blooms up to three or four inches wide.
  • At the end of October, all 750+ potted plants will be brought from the off-site greenhouse to Lan Su Chinese Garden, then unloaded and staged. All of Lan Su’s terraces and pavilions will be enhanced by this colorful and culturally important plant.

Chrysanthemum Varieties on Display

Pink Cushion • Pink Fleece • Pink Splendor • Powder Puff • Prom King • Prom Queen • Purple Light • Quan Yon Hung • Radient Time • Raspberry Ripple • Red cushion • Redwing • River City • Rose Maiko • Saba • Safina • Saga Nishiki • Santa Claus • Seaton’s Ruby • Seaton’s Toffee • Seizan • Shock • St. Tropez • Statesman • Trendy Time • Vernal Falls • Vesuvio • Vienna Waltz • White City • Wisp of Pink • Xena • Yodogimi

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Mumvember Related Programing

Floral Design Demonstration

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Join local floral designers as they share tips for successful floral arrangements.

Plan Your Visit

Lan Su Chinese Garden offers infinite paths to discovery, whether you are a visitor simply taking in the beauty of the garden for the first time or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse.  One visit just isn’t enough to take in the depth and abundance of experiences. Lan Su is ever-changing—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Learn more and plan your visit today.

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