Field Trip ~ Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

opening bloom

opening bloom

Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival just began this week and runs through November 23rd! Many of you readers aren’t able to get there, so I took lots of pictures to share ~ a mini tour.

Although you aren’t there in person, just imagine walking into a huge conservatory filled with chrysanthemums of every kind everywhere you look. Huge chrysanthemum balls and chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Mums are trained to drape down the columns, flow in swathes through the indoor flowerbeds, fill large topiary pots and spread their many shapes and colors throughout.

One hundred cultivars are grafted together on a beautiful educational display. Domed 1,000 bloom plants flank the Exhibition Hall entry. And, then there is the mother of all chrysanthemums, The Thousand Bloom (which actually has 1,515 blooms). This is the largest you will find unless you head to Asia, where Longwood Gardens sent staff to train for this horticultural feat. In development for 18 months, special armature is built to support each bloom. Can you believe it is composted after the festival?

But also imagine that as you stroll through the conservatory you hear the gentle splash of water from the many fountains as you catch the sweet scent of mock orange’s dainty white blossoms. The Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival is a treat for the senses.



1000 Bloom Chrysanthemum

The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum ~ 1515 blooms!

100 Chrysanthemum Blooms

100 Grafted Cultivar Chrysanthemum on Display


Chrysanthemum Pagodas

opening chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum beginning to open

conservatory path

Longwood Gardens conservatory garden path

Mum with fringed flowers

Some chrysanthemums have fringed flowers!



variegated coleus and yellow mum

variegated coleus and yellow mum

Red Anemone Mum

Red Anemone Mum

"Indian Summer"

“Indian Summer”

opening bloom

opening bloom

"Nijin Bigo"

“Nijin Bigo”

Longwood Gardens Conservatory flower bed

A conservatory flower bed!

Spider Mum

Spider Mum



"Golden Rain"

“Golden Rain”

"Yofire Island"

“Yofire Island”

"Kokka Bunmi"

“Kokka Bunmi”

Quill Mum "King's Delight"

Quill Mum “King’s Delight”

chrysanthemun x morifolium "Sozan"

chrysanthemum x morifolium “Sozan”

Fall at Longwood Gardens

Fall at Longwood Gardens



12 Responses so far.

  1. Dear Barb. You are so right! I love this post. You did a lovely job! I went yesterday and took photos of the same flowers! lol. Great job. Thank you for sharing :) Nancy.

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    “Tsuribito” took my breath away thank you so much for sharing you always take great pics barb xx

    • Barb says:

      Longwood Gardens really does the Chrysanthemum Festival up right, Chris! The place is just dripping in mums! So glad you enjoyed the pictures!

  3. Patti says:

    Great pics! Thanks for the tour!

  4. Heather says:

    Wow!!! A nearby town holds a Mum festival every year – it’s gorgeous too.

  5. Christine says:

    Oh wow! What a gorgeous place…if they sold those spider mums my bank account would be empty. Those are my favorite mum ever!

    • Barb says:

      Longwood Gardens really outdoes itself every year with the Chrysanthemum Festival, Christine! The spider mums are my personal favorite, too – so delicate and interesting!

  6. Lorraine says:

    Wow – what a treat for the senses! I’d love to stroll through their at this, my fave time of year!


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