Friday, October 17, 2008

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum

My friend Julie will be performing/modeling at this event on Saturday October 18th!!!

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum
October 18–November 16, 2008 at The New York Botanical Garden

The chrysanthemum, known as kiku, is perhaps the most revered of the fall-flowering plants in Japan. For centuries the secrets of its cultivation were carefully guarded. But during a five-year cultural exchange, The New York Botanical Garden learned the time-honored growing techniques and display styles to become the first garden outside of Japan to showcase the art of kiku in the Imperial style.

Discover for yourself the exquisite beauty of kiku—cascades of flowers, single plants with hundreds of flowers, and others with an enormous flower atop a single stem—as Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum, an elaborate flower show and art exhibition, returns to the Botanical Garden.


* A fourth kiku style, shino-tsukuri (“driving rain”), on display in the Courtyards of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory along with the three traditional styles presented last year: ozukuri (“thousand bloom”), ogiku (“single-stem”), and kengai (“cascade”).
* A new exhibition, The Chrysanthemum in Japanese Art, in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library gallery, depicting the use of the chrysanthemum as a visual motif in paintings, prints, textiles, and more. The 32 objects on display from October 18 to January 11, 2009, include a kimono, hanging scrolls, folding screens, and an array of household treasures and are on loan from exceptional collections of Japanese art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art, and several private dealers and collectors.
* A new bamboo sculpture by artist Tetsunori Kawana, who created the popular towering bamboo sculpture in the Conservatory Courtyards last year.
* A chance to wind down and view the exhibition in the evening with Kiku and Cocktails
* Bonsai in the Conservatory’s Seasonal Galleries (through November 2) and in the Conservatory Courtyards (through November 16).
* An autumnal display of Japanese maples, conifers, and bamboo in the Conservatory Courtyards.
* Kiku for Kids, hands-on activities for families including a child-sized tea house, in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.
* Kiku Matsuri, a range of cultural programming, including dance and music performances, demonstrations, workshops, and lectures as well as courses celebrating the chrysanthemum in Japanese art, life, and culture.
* Audio and guided tours.
*Celebrating Kiku at Shop in the Garden.

Garden Hour & Admission: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays

All-Garden Pass: The fees below include entrance to the Conservatory, the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and Kiku for Kids (October 13–November 16), the Rock and Native Plant Gardens, the Tram Tour, and all other gardens and exhibitions on the grounds, including The Chrysanthemum in Japanese Art in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, October 18–January 11, 2009.

Adults: $20
Seniors: $18
Students (with valid ID): $18
Children (2-12 years): $7
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free

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