Part II: Brookside Garden Chrysanthemum Festival!

 
The Brookside Garden's Chrysanthemum Festival © Britt Conley

The Brookside Garden's Chrysanthemum Festival © Britt Conley

As I mentioned yesterday, Brookside Gardens is one of those wonderful places that really puts in the effort toward display events for their regular attendees. I’d say they do this for everyone except that I think anyone who visits becomes a regular! There is a home like feel here as though everyone assumes every new person is someone they’ve probably seen before.

The Chrysanthemum Arch © Britt Conley

The Chrysanthemum Arch © Britt Conley

This Fall Brookside has filled their conservatories with thousands of Chrysanthemum blooms in a surprising variety of configurations and colors. On entry, the first wonderfully impressive thing you see is the lively arch of orange Chrysanthemums.  Brookside has lovingly  created a growing cylinder of Mums where the Chrysanthemums radiate 3-dimensionally around the long central cylinder which rises and lowers like a roller coaster throughout much of the length of the Conservatory. Once we move our way to the other end, we find we’ve reached the head of this grand Chrysanthemum tail. It’s the head of a dragon! The kids must love this!

The Chrysanthemum Dragon © Britt Conley

The Chrysanthemum Dragon © Britt Conley

There were visitors having a great time taking pictures of one another in front of explosions of colorful Mums.

Picture Time © Britt Conley

Picture Time © Britt Conley

There are such a variety of mums here.

Curly Mum © Britt Conley
Curly Mum © Britt Conley

Giant squiggly yellow mums and pointy fire burst looking ones…

Spider Mum © Britt Conley
Spider Mum © Britt Conley

and, of course my favorite, the St. Topez Intermediate Incurve Mum.  I love these because they are so regal.  The lower outer-side of each curving petal is a lovely gold. The insides are a brilliant crimson.

St. Tropez © Britt Conley
St. Tropez © Britt Conley

Although, there are so many to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite!

Mums © Britt Conley

Mums © Britt Conley

On the right side of the Conservatory is a fantastically built miniature Japanese Dwelling which was donated to Brookside in 1997. That alone deserves a thorough viewing. Every little detail is painstakingly glued together in perfect ratio.

Japanese Minature House © Britt Conley
Japanese Miniature Dwelling © Britt Conley

There is also a wild selection of floral overgrowths that spill out into our path in between tall yellow mum trees.

Yellow Mum Trees © Britt Conley
Yellow Mum Trees © Britt Conley

Additionally, the exterior of the grounds is also full of mums. Huge round mums dot the Maple Terrace Garden and the trail garden is literally carpeted with orange Garden Mums and Yellow Decorative Mums. A picture perfect opportunity for this photo ready Bee!

(L-R) Mums in the Maple Terrace and the Carpet of Mums at the Trail Garden © Britt Conley
(L-R) Mums in the Maple Terrace and the Carpet of Mums at the Trail Garden © Britt Conley

Brookside Gardens takes every display opportunity seriously and they do it right. They’ve managed to make the Chrysanthemum Festival help celebrate Brookside’s 40th Anniversary with a real floral fireworks treat. I strongly suggest you make it out this week or weekend. It closes this Sunday until next year.

Tomorrow we’ll be visiting the Rose Garden. On my first visit I managed to buzz about shooting individual flowers for so long I never made it to the rest of the gardens! Hope to see you in the morning.

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

Related posts:

  1. Part IV: The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
  2. Part VI: Some of the Flowers and Garden areas at Brookside Gardens.
  3. Part I: Brookside Gardens: An Overview
  4. Part V: Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights!
  5. Part VII: The Japanese Style Garden at Brookside Gardens.

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1 Comments

 
  1. pocoyo
    2014-02-09
    02:01:48

    where is this? you didnt mention
    there are many brookside gardens

     
 

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