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The Secret of Kiku: Mum’s the word at the NY Botanical Garden’s Chrysanthemum Show and Say Good-bye to Pumpkins and Halloween

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Kiku, the Japanese Chrysanthemum Show at the New York Botanical Garden, which ended Oct. 27 and coincided with their Haunted Halloween Parade Walk Celebrations, lives on in these photos! It’s an amazing show of Chrysanthemum Horticultural Design.

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Spider Mums Line Up!

NY Botantical Garden Kiku Show Art

Spider Mums just in Time for Halloween!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

The Fall Show Signage… Here’s a Tour of the Show!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Topiary Feats of Horticulture!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

These 200 Chrysanthemum Flowers are all forced into the umbrella design and grow from One Stem!!!!!!!!

Behind are Cascading “Waterfalls” of Chrysanthemums!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

This is amazing!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Umbrella Domes!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Dome after Dome after Dome….

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

These Cascades are Designed and Trained in the Greenhouse. Some of them have support for the weight and some fall naturally!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Amazing images of Floral Waterfalls!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

And Topiary Tree-shaped Chrysanthemum Plants previewing Evergreen Xmas Trees!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

And Chrysanthemum Bridges over the reflecting pool under the Conservatory Glass Dome! Thank you Japanese Kiku!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show- Arcimboldo

But on top of that, though not much can top KIKU, is an outdoor sculpture display of the 3-D translations of “The Four Sseasons,” the art of the eternally entertaining artist Arcimboldo, a 16th c. Mannerist artist commonly known to grade school art students as “The Fruit Man!,” who created portraits for his patrons using the “Surrealist” quality of juxtaposing 2 different ideas together to create “Befuddlement,” a Human Botanical Man! Perhaps Arcimboldo was the 1st Surrealist but it is due to the 20th c. Surrealists who “rediscovered” him, dusted him off and brought him into his current worldwide recognition….  This display is on through the winter at NYBG.

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show - Arcimboldo

This is the Fall Season Man, a man made of the Fall Harvest….The “Arcimboldo Effect” is in full mode as Philip Haas creates sculpture and photographers use real fruit to interpret his work… Arcimboldo’s Effect Ripples out everywhere! Everyone loves Arcimboldo

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show - Arcimboldo

And here come’s Winter Man! See all the Seasons at the NYBG though the winter!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

And the NYBG has been having their Halloween Parade for Kids/Adults for years…. every October Saturday night, costumes parade around the garden!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

Gorgeous Huge Pumpkins to crawl onto and into !

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

A Pumpkin Door or window so you can crawl in!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

A Welcome from the NYBG Garden Ghouls and Sprites! Do they come from a Pumpkin Patch ???!

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Here’s a real Pumpkin Patch I found in Southampton!

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No 2000 lb. pumpkins here but what a field day of pumpkin gathering in October was had!

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Say Goodbye to Halloween and fields of Orange!

NY Botanical Garden Kiku Show

and Goodbye to NYBG’s late October Garden, beautiful still before the first frost…. Saying goodbye is sad, but don’t cry because NYBG awaits the excitement of the Holiday Train Show that comes to the Conservatory Nov 15 – mid-January 2014….. All Aboard!!!!

Chrysanthemums by Lois Bender

Some Fall Chrysanthemums as a Momento until next year!

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