Kiku Opens at NY Botanical Garden
Kiku is the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, and only the Japanese have learned the art of transforming the flower into myriad shapes and styles. Head to the NY Botanical Garden (through October 27) to see this year's display. The exhibition focuses on hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the ephemeral beauty of flowers -- and what's more appropriate than the chrysanthemum. Shown above is Kengai -- or casade -- which features small-flowered chrysanthemums.
Many other techniques are on display, and special events include classes in Japanese flower arranging, a bonsai weekend, poetry, and much more.