Chrysanthemum Show

Eliza Waters

Mum ShowEvery year, Smith College’s Lyman Plant House holds a Chrysanthemum Show for two weeks starting on the first Saturday in November. Two glass houses are packed with blooms of all shapes, colors and sizes, with one house showcasing student’s own hybrids, upon which visitors can vote for their favorite.

The curators paired art prints illustrating mums from famous artists like Renoir, Monet and other Impressionists, adding another dimension of interest to the show. Colors or forms were matched in pleasing combinations.

Every class of Chrysanthemum from incurve (aka ‘football’), single, semi-double, anemone, quill, spider, spoon, decorative to novelty were well-represented. I loved the wall of trained daisy mums cascading over a white picket fence. Below is just a sampling:

While it may not be as popular as their spring bulb show, the fall mum show has become an annual favorite for me, a cheerful thing to do on a dreary…

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