The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Fall Flower Show Now Open

As summer turns to autumn, so does the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory when it opens the annual Fall Flower Show Friday, October 6th.  The show will feature hundreds of chrysanthemums of many different cultivars. The colors for the show will be black and orange in October and  black and pink in November.  The tradition of the annual Fall Flower Show began in 1915 when the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory first opened.  Today, the Conservatory hosts five season annual flower shows.

The chrysanthemum flower has been known since before 5000 BC in a small yellow form. Ancient China and Japan both have tales explaining how the chrysanthemum originated. The Chinese who considered them the highest of flowers, named their royal throne after the flower.  Chrysanthemum flowers have traditionally been boiled in China to make “chrysanthemum tea,” used in folk medicine for influenza patients. In landscaping, chrysanthemums are valued for the fact that they bloom in fall.  Chrysanthemum flowers are also a favorite of florists for arrangements, due to the longevity of their blooms.

The Fall Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is open October 6-November 26 from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be a show change October 30 – November 3 in which the Sunken Garden will be closed, but all other rooms of the Conservatory will remain open to the public.