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.
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.
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.
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