Mum’s the Word

Chrysanthemum was without doubt the byword at the North Carolina Arboretum last October.  Stumbling upon the spectacular floral display during a brief stopover, my husband and visiting friend found it almost impossible to pry me from the exhibit hall.  All three of us photographers; however, only one known as Flower Lady.

Southwest of Ashville near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 435-acre botanical garden and Arboretum nestled in the Pisgah National Forest.  One of the most botanically diverse and beautiful natural settings in the United States.  Always under active development, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including a unique bonsai collection, stretch across the area.

North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s annual presentation showcases hundreds of these beloved autumn blooms, varying in sizes, shapes, and colors.  The exhibits judged by Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges and the Society’s strict standards.

Last year’s Welcome to the World of Chrysanthemums was a sweet surprise for this photographer.

A member of the Asteracea (Compositae) family, the chrysanthemum (dendrathema) is related to dahlias, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos.  The bloom which appears as a single flower is actually hundreds of flowers called florets.  Two kinds of florets are present in a single bloom, disk florets and ray florets.  On a daisy type chrysanthemum the outer parts are ray florets and the center or eye is composed of disk florets.  For ease of identification, the National Chrysanthemum Society divides bloom forms into 13 classes.  Colors and color combinations include just about everything except black and blue.  (brochure)

Photos often don’t do these stunning blooms justice.  True!

Going on a BlueRidge Parkway autumn foliage tour this year around October 20-21?  Why not stop by the North Carolina Arboretum for an immersion into the world of chrysanthemums.

Several of my humble artistic mum creations can also be seen on the initial slideshow at

Thanks for viewing my floral Show N’ Tell.


About corinthrose

Born again Christian, helpmate of 42 years, domestic engineer of two children, GRANDmother of six darlings, professional volunteer, fanatic photographer, and a wanna be writer. Occasionally, infatuated with family history, flower photography, and traveling with my hiking buddy.
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3 Responses to Mum’s the Word

  1. Gorgeous mums! Thanks for increasing my knowledge of them. Wish I were going up the Blue Ridge Mountains in October…

  2. Nancy says:

    Wow you did come across an outstanding display of mums. My 1st job after moving to Beatrice was at the Beatrice greenhouse where I debudded mums. My favorite mum was the daisy mum.
    I have the Blue Ridge Mountains on my bucket list. For right now I’ll depend on you to share the beauty of your explore through your photos that I am sure you will enjoy taking.

    • Shirley A. Wyatt says:

      Hi, enjoyed your photos of the mums and all those you post as usual.  It is remarkable how many beautiful flowers there are in this world, one prettier than the other.

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