The Flower of Happiness

By October 11, 2016All News, Conservatory

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Fall Flower Show Hearkens Back to the chrysanthemum’s Ancient Asian Roots

From the red lacquered foot bridge to the bright yellow blooms, there’s an east Asian-inspired color palette and aesthetic at work in this season’s Fall Flower Show, which opened Saturday, October 8. With a horticultural history that goes back to the 15th century B.C. in China, the Chrysanthemum was once brewed into traditional teas believed to have the power of life. Centuries later, Japan adopted the flower as a symbol of nobility and power, honoring the highest order of chivalry with “The Imperial Order of the Chrysanthemum.” It will take more than 2,500 Como-grown chrysanthemums to fill the Sunken Garden with a spicy autumn scent during this two-part show. The first set of flowers will be on display through October 31; the second installment runs November 4-27.

Did You Know?

  • Your contributions have kept Como’s tradition of rotating flower shows blooming since 1915.
  • The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s talented horticultural staff starts nearly every plant and flower you see in the Sunken Garden from seed, bulb or plug in Como’s 30,000 square foot growing range.
  • The chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan, where the flower takes center stage each year for “The Festival of Happiness.”

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One Comment

  • After many years of bringing my three sons to ZOO BOO I’m now thrilled to bring our grandson Sebastian this year for his first time to Zoo BOO this Halloween season. He’s going to be a little “monkey.”
    These family traditions are so wonderful to continue throughout the next generation. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory enable us to do just that in a beautiful and educational environment. Every year we take our family Christmas and Easter photos in the Conservatory surrounded be flowers.
    Thank you!

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