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.
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!
There were visitors having a great time taking pictures of one another in front of explosions of colorful Mums.
There are such a variety of mums here.
Giant squiggly yellow mums and pointy fire burst looking ones…
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.
Although, there are so many to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite!
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.
There is also a wild selection of floral overgrowths that spill out into our path in between tall yellow mum trees.
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!
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.
Britt : )