Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more
Autumn’s Colors: September 10 – November 20, 2016
Chrysanthemum Festival: October 22 – November 20, 2016
Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors. Longwood’s landscapes glow with shades of yellow, orange, purple, and red trees. Golden honey locusts and ginkgoes, scarlet sweet gums and sourwoods, and ruby northern red oaks add bursts of color.
While you’re there, don’t miss the newest outdoor garden at Longwood Gardens, the gorgeous 86-acre Meadow Garden, with three miles of walking and hiking trails featuring colorful fields of wildflowers, the historic Webb Farmhouse and Galleries and four learning pavilions.
Gaze in awe at more than 20,000 expertly arranged chrysanthemums in Longwood’s four-acre conservatory during the Chrysanthemum Festival. Longwood’s experts have trained these fall favorites, creating cascades of color that drape the Conservatory walls like flowery waterfalls, serving as the largest display of exhibition chrysanthemums in the country.
The centerpiece of the festival is Longwood’s coveted Thousand Bloom chrysanthemum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant.
The idea and method for growing the Thousand Bloom Mum (known in Japan as Ozukuri) was introduced in Japan and China more than 200 years ago and is the most difficult of all the chrysanthemum training styles. The growing technique involves a whopping 15- to 18-month process with a ton of detailed care required to arrange the blooms in a perfect dome shape.
You can see Longwood’s famous blooming Chrysanthemums flourish in the palatial Conservatory.
Wear comfortable shoes and leave yourself ample time to take in as much of Longwoods’ 300 acres as possible.
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