The flowering of the chrysanthemum, or kiku, heralds the arrival of fall in Japan—and in recent years, the Bronx as well at the Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden. The botanical garden’s kiku experts shape and tend to the flowers all year, employing such traditional techniques as kengai (cascade) and ozukuri (thousand bloom), with spectacular results. To complement the pleasures of hanami, or flower viewing, weekend programs provide background on the significance of the chrysanthemum to Japanese culture, as well as traditional activities such as ikebana (flower arranging), taiko drumming, haiku workshops and meditation walks.
This annual fall favorite has become an icon not only of Japan but of fall in the Bronx. In addition to hundreds of kiku (chrysanthemum) plants, this month-long celebration includes special weekend events, a pop-up Japanese restaurant and classes on bonsai and ikebana. For information and tickets, visit nybg.org.
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