13 Spectacularly Stunning Species of Chrysanthemum
‘Apricot Courtier’, REFLEX
There are 13 classifications of exhibition chrysanthemums, including footballs, spoons, spiders, and quills -- and perhaps as many ways to train them. All have been bred for color and form rather than hardiness and are the product of a unique relationship between the grower and the plant, says gardner and chrysanthemum trainer Matt Mattus, who works for Hasbro’s Invention Lab, a high-concept development group. However, these varieties have become so rare that King’s Mums, in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, is one of the only nurseries in North America offering them.
Chrysanthemums may be difficult to grow at home, but luckily for us, these institutions have done the hard work so anyone can enjoy them in living, breathing color. Here’s where to find them, from coast to coast.
Botanic Garden of Smith College, Fall Chrysanthemum Show, Northampton, Massachusetts November 5 to 20, 2016, smith.edu
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Chrysanthemum Display, Boston, Begins in late October, gardnermuseum.org
Longwood Gardens, Chrysanthemum Festival Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, October 22 to November 20, longwoodgardens.org
National Chrysanthemum Society, 73rd Annual Convention and Show, at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel, Sacramento, California, November 3 to 6, mums.org
New York Botanical Garden, Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, New York City, October 8 to 30, nybg.org