Don't miss this year's annual Kiku Exhibition at the NY Botanical Garden's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which runs through the end of this month.
Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, is Japan's most celebrated fall-flowering plant, and you will see them in myriad forms and sizes throughout the wondrous display. The exhibition honors the Japanese custom called hanami, enjoyment of the ephemeral beauty of flowers.
This year's exhibition features re-creations of displays by chrysanthemum masters at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, including techniques such as Ozukuri (Thousand Blooms), in which a single stem has been trained to produce simultaneous blooms in the shape of a massive dome. You'll also see Kengai (Cascade), featuring small flowers cascading down like waterfalls and Ogiku (Double and Triple Stem) -- huge individual flowers at the ends of stems up to six feet tall.
There are many special lectures and tours during the exhibition, as well as Japanese fare in the garden's full-service restaurant.