Kiku in the Japanese Autumn Garden

October 22, 2009

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Don’t miss this third and final year to be dazzled by the spectacular autumn landscapes of Japanese gardens with scarlet maples and golden bamboos set against the backdrop of emerald conifers. Celebrating the time-honored tradition of Japanese fall flower-viewing, more awe-inspiring chrysanthemum “sculptures” than ever, painstakingly trained using traditional Japanese methods, are the centerpiece of the most elaborate exhibition the Botanical Garden has ever mounted, on display in the Conservatory Courtyards. Bonsai provide another fabulous element to the show. On weekends, enjoy guided tours, autumn gardening demonstrations, and taiko drumming performances.

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Specific combinations of light and heat are needed to bring the massive chrysanthemums, cultivated from tiny cuttings over the last 12 months, into simultaneous flower. This year, just as the Yankees have battled the elements during their baseball postseason, Garden staff have also had to deal with quirky weather in the Bronx. Cold temperatures and overcast skies in New York necessitated staff gardeners returning the star mums of this outdoor show to the greenhouses for the extra light and warmth they crave to bloom. This was in direct contrast to what was required during the first two years of the Kiku exhibition when warm, late-summer temperatures persisted through October, and staff gardeners scrambled to shade and cool the plants to prevent flowering before showtime. Visitors can appreciate this marvelous manipulation of nature and see the spectacular fruits of the gardeners’ labor in this, the third and final year of the exhibition on view through November 15.

Also now through January 10, visit Ex Libris: Treasures from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest repositories of botanical and horticultural literature, the Mertz Library houses a treasury of published and archival documents that trace the development of botany and horticulture from the 12th century to the present day. Drawing from this wealth of materials, the exhibition highlights rarely seen books, botanical art, and original manuscripts that demonstrate the extraordinary beauty and depth of the collections. Eighty percent of the items displayed in Ex Libris have never before been exhibited to the public.


For more details, visit http://www.nybg.org/kiku09/

A more detailed press release is available at http://www.nybg.org/press_releases/KikuInTheJapaneseAutumnGarden2009.pdf

Dramatic images and video are available upon request. Contact Nick Leshi, nleshi@nybg.org

SOURCE The New York Botanical Garden

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