Enjoy the last flower shows and garden festivals of the year with autumn displays from some of the finest venues in the country. Fall is really prime planting time, the soil is warm and rainfall is usually plentiful, so head out for some inspiration!

Kennett Square, PA: Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival

October 21–November 19, 2017

1,000 bloom mum ondisplay

If you want to see what you can really do with chrysanthemums, Longwood’s horticulturists fashion more than 16,000 blooming chrysanthemums to resemble clouds, pagodas, spirals, fans, and more.

For those who really want a challenge, it’s hard to top the Thousand Bloom Mum. This is the mother of all mums – more than 1,000 blooms grown on a single plant and the largest in North America — on display during Longwood Garden’s Chrysanthemum Festival. The goal is to achieve as many perfectly placed blooms on a single plant as possible and it’s no wonder that this is the most intensive horticultural effort during the entire year at Longwood. The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, known in Japan as Ozukuri, is a specialized technique that originated in China before expanding to Japan several hundred years ago.

1001 Longwood Road

Kennett Square, PA 19348