End A. Haupt Conservatory
Kiku is a form of gardening that asks a plant to do your bidding. Through discipline and mastery, you subjugate the plant's natural growth habit and transform it into something other worldly. I call it a kind of slavery. Contrived, manipulated, controlled and magnificent: Fall Flowers of JAPAN (NYBG).
The Botanical Garden got it right this year. The exhibition has an environment, not just these amazing stage sets of chrysanthemums that make you swoon. The flowers are surrounded by other Japanese plants.
I went to the preview of the exhibition. And what really goes on at these private showings...
Paula Deitz ended her excellent article for The New York Times entitled "In Autumn, a Garden Lover's Thoughts Turn to Kiku" by quoting a poem by Otomo Oemaru:
After chrysanthemums there are
no flowers at all!
I prefer the haiku from Basho:
there's nothing to write about
And a maybe few other things. At least there is always another post in the offing.
For more photos from the show go to: snapdujour.blogsport.com