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A Festival of Fabulous Mums

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

A bright spot from last week was a trip with friends to Duke Gardens in Durham, NC for a flower show entitled A Festival of Fabulous Mums.

This was the first year for the 4-day festival, which was presented jointly by Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and Duke Gardens. Open to the public with no admission charge, the event included cultural and historical information, growing tips and supporting activities (arts and crafts, games for children).

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemums have been featured (or at least mentioned) on several blogs recently and from reading the posts and the comments it is clear, although some folks love them, these flowers seem to leave many people cold.

Easily available in at garden centers, big box stores and florists. perhaps they are viewed as ubiquitous or common, and of course, they are often used in funeral sprays.

That people carry such strong opinions about them made me more interested in seeing the show. As one might expect, however, these are not the potted mums one finds in the grocery store.

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Enthusiastic members from the Chrysanthemum Society were on hand to offer gardening tips and answer questions.

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

The flowers were expertly presented. We attended on the last day of the festival so blooms were not all at their best, but most showed quite well. The range of sizes, shapes and colors were striking.

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

This mauve flower had it all.

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

A poster was on display in the room illustrating the flower show classes (categories).

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

The entries were not judged. Instead visitors were given a ticket at the door and encouraged to vote for their favorite by placing the ticket in the little boxes in front of each display.

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Should I admit most fascinating were the flamboyant spoon, quill, brush and spidery chrysanthemums? I should have paid more attention to the plant varieties and flower classes— my camera became a distraction from this opportunity to learn more about the flowers themselves.

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Chrysanthemum Show At Duke Gardens

Society members also led tours of the William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, where more mums were on display in a serene garden setting. Passing on the guided tour we made our own way toward the Asiatic garden. We found the chrysanthemum garden display fairly sparse, the autumn blooming camellias were easily more stimulating.

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Their spicy sweetness drifted through the air, inviting us to pause and enjoy.

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

I had not seen this part of the garden since its extensive renovation, but am already devising a return trip to explore it further.

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens

Finally, making a rare blog appearance…
Susie At Duke Gardens

I wish you a happy weekend.

Garden Club Flower Show

2013 Garden Club Flower Show-7

I have been participating this year in the level 1 floral design workshop offered through my garden club. Today at our May meeting the club sponsored a flower show and I entered a design in a class reserved just for the first year students—New Sprouts.

This is a building year for the club’s flower show, the first held after a long hiatus. As such, no prizes were awarded this year in the floral design category, rather all entrants received written comments from the judges. On my card I was thrilled to see good remarks for scale, proportion and container.

There was also a horticulture component for which prizes were awarded. I look forward to learning more about the horticulture side next year. I forgot to take my camera to the meeting today but had plenty else to remember, so I am not surprised.

My floral entry was a traditional round table design. I purchased Eucalyptus, Alstroemeria, Chrysanthemum and Roses. The rest of the flowers came from my garden.

Plant Materials

Outline foliage
Eucalyptus cinerea

Concealer leaves
Heuchera villosa ‘Big Top Bronze’ (Coral Bells)

Outline flowers
Chrysanthemum sp.

Focal flowers
Rosa sp.
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Filler flowers and foliage
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)
Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow)
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)
Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)