During the month of November, Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden.
More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more! Take in the oranges, reds and yellows of autumn to unusually bright pinks, pale lavenders, lime green, and even stripes of the chrysanthemum.
In conjunction with Mumvember, Lan Su hosts the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase presented in partnership with the Floral Design Institute, showcasing the work of 25 of the region's best floral designers along with floral demonstrations, presentations, and talks.
Chrysanthemums are mentioned in Chinese literature as early as the 7th century BCE and inspired more writing in China than any other plant—likely the result of early praise by the famous poet Tao Yuanming (365-427 CE) whose poems about chrysanthemums have been recited by generation after generation.
Along with the plum, orchid and bamboo, the chrysanthemum has become known as one of the “Four Gentleman of Flowers.” Revered for its late and long-lasting bloom, these characteristics were likened to those of the mature “gentleman” scholar whose wisdom and integrity grew with each year.
The Chinese have long been masters at chrysanthemum cultivation developing more than 20 cultivars by the 10th century and 2,000 by the early 19th! Chrysanthemums have many practical uses including as a source for tea, wine and medicine.
Pink Cushion • Pink Fleece • Pink Splendor • Powder Puff • Prom King • Prom Queen • Purple Light • Quan Yon Hung • Radient Time • Raspberry Ripple • Red cushion • Redwing • River City • Rose Maiko • Saba • Safina • Saga Nishiki • Santa Claus • Seaton’s Ruby • Seaton’s Toffee • Seizan • Shock • St. Tropez • Statesman • Trendy Time • Vernal Falls • Vesuvio • Vienna Waltz • White City • Wisp of Pink • Xena • Yodogimi
Lan Su Chinese Garden hosts the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase, Lan Su’s annual floral design exhibition created in partnership with the Floral Design Institute. Ninth Moon is presented in conjunction with Mumvember, an annual celebration of the chrysanthemum.
Lan Su Chinese Garden offers infinite paths to discovery, whether you are a visitor simply taking in the beauty of the garden for the first time or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse. One visit just isn’t enough to take in the depth and abundance of experiences. Lan Su is ever-changing—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Learn more and plan your visit today.
239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
220 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1050, Portland, Oregon 97209
Members, donors and visitors help keep Lan Su healthy and growing. Lan Su is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations and memberships are tax deductible.