Japanese Master Horticulturists Reveal Secrets to Longwood

Single Chrysanthemum with 718 flowersSeiko Chrysanthemum with 172 blooms

The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania features both the white "Thousand Bloom" chrysanthemum with 718 flowers blooming on ONE stem, and the shield shaped Seiko mum with 172 flowers developed by only one other grower, master horticulturist Tadashi Imafuko, of Japan.

Spider MumsYellow Spider Mums

The variety of chrysanthemums is amazing, with these spider mums just 2 more examples of plants on display.

East Conservatory of Longwood GardensTopiary Bees

The East Conservatory of Longwood Gardens is centered on chrysanthemums and fountains, with a water feature running the length of the arched glass roof, while the Exhibition Hall features a lawn surrounded by more mums and topiary bees flying above the lawn.

Wandering through the Conservatory, one travels past the changing displays to the always beautiful and fragrant Orchid House, Mediterranean Garden, Bonsai, Palm House, and areas where plants are being cultivated and developed for future exhibits. We in the Brandywine Valley are very lucky to count Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square among our many treasures!

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