Chrysanthemum Show, a display of colourful flowers
Terraced Garden of Sector 33 at Chandigarh is one of the many gardens, the City Beautiful can boast of. Its location, layout, flower beds and structures lure many for strolling every morning and evening. But it is a known crowd-puller during famous Chrysanthemum Show which is organised every December. This year it was organised from 6th to 8th December and I happened to visit it along with family members.
One of the oldest known flowers, Chrysanthemum derived its name from Greek, 'chrysos' meaning 'gold' and 'anthos' means 'flower'. But this visit revealed that it is not a golden flower but has many other striking and favourite colours like white, yellow, red, pink, lavender, purple and, in fact, many more.
Chrysanthemums are commonly called 'mums' also. These mums in full bloom elevated the mood of every visitor on seeing rows after rows of these colourful flowers. I thought of sharing the experience and the photographs with fellow Hubbers. Since the Garden has some other attractions I thought of narrating these also at the end of the Hub.
All the pictures shown in this Hub are self-photographed.
At the Entrance
Entrance presented a very flowery welcome. It was nicely decorated with flowers and even the words were written with flowers only. After entering it was quite a delightful experience confronting distinctive varieties of flowers.
The main entrance was from the north-eastern end. The other view shown is from the farther end of the park which is used as another entrance. Level goes up as one passes through this area. It gives an idea about the length and breadth of the Garden.
The display of the blooming Chrysanthemums was by and large as per forms classified by the US National Chrysanthemum Society, barring one or two which either may be missing or named differently. (I wonder if I myself missed some). These flowers were collections of individuals and institutions in and around Chandigarh and best flowers displayed in the Show were awarded.
Ten forms displayed in the Show are described in this Hub (Not exactly in the order of display). In addition, there were some other forms also which are shown towards the end of the Hub.
#1. Anemone Chrysanthemum
These mums have some resemblance to the sea creatures - anemones. Their outside petals appear like daisies and the central part is raised cushion like. The disc florets are very prominent.
#2. Spider Chrysanthemum
The looks of spider a chrysanthemum are unusual. The petals of this form of the flower are tube like which are narrow but normally long. It gives the looks of long and skinny legs of a spider. It is available in many colours including white, pink, yellow and purple.
#3. Spoon Chrysanthemum
Though these flowers may resemble daisy flowers at the centre but the peculiarity is their long petals resembling spoons at their tips. Their central disk is round and visible. Their size may be 4" or more and they are available in many colours.
#4. Button Chrysanthemum
Button Chrysanthemum most commonly used as wedding flowers. These are button-like small head which grow in clusters. Many colours were displayed and some colours seemed to be uncommon.
#5. Incurving Chrysanthemum
The 'incurving' and the 'incurved' forms of Chrysanthemums seem to be quite popular flowers. Not exactly tallying with the US Society nomenclature, it seems it was the position of the curve of the petals which categorised these that way. Perhaps comparing both could make it clear.
#6. Incurved Chrysanthemum
This one was attracting many visitors, may be because of its shape. It looked globular. The florets were incurved as if they have formed a ball, unlike incurving form.
#7. Reflexed Chrysanthemum
The disk florets of Reflexed Chrysanthemum are concealed and there is outwards reflex of the ray florets. It gives the flowers a mop-like appearance. Some of these may give a glimpse of a plumage of a bird due to downward curving.
#8. Decorative Chrysanthemum
The decorative form is almost similar to reflexed blooms, but the ray florets usually do not radiate at more than a 90° angle to the stem and they look flattened blooms at the top.
#9. Pompon Chrysanthemum
Many refer them as balloons or golf balls. These flowers are more or less globular in shape. Medium sized petals almost cover the disk floret in the centre and the flower heads are small sized. The size of these decorative flowers may vary between 0.5" to 2.5" in diameter. Blooms in the single or semi-double forms exhibit exposed disk florets along with one to seven rows of ray florets. The abundance of these flowers displayed was striking.
#10. Korean Chrysanthemum
This variety does not seem to be named as per forms classified by the US National Chrysanthemum Society. But there were a large number of flowers displayed in different rows. Some of the cololurs were altogether different than the colours seen in other forms.
In addition to the regular forms displayed there was a section where a few hundred Chrysanthemum flowers were put in different pots each with a different label. Each pot had either one or more than one of the same variety but different names were mentioned on the labels. Some seemed to be repetition of the regular display. I have posted a few of them here along with their labels.
Figures in Flowers
Abundance of chrysanthemum flowers arranged in various parts of the Garden kept the visitors busy throughout. However, to break the monotony there were figures made up of flowers placed in different corners of the Garden. It seems some metallic cutouts or frames were used to support these flowers. Some the these are shown here.
A bullock cart full of different varieties of flowers being pulled by a flower bull remained an attraction.
Other Attractions - Statues and more
Visit to Terraced Garden will be incomplete without mentioning about the additional attractions for the visitors. There were a number of statues depicting life in the State of Punjab and adjoining areas of Chandigarh. The statues looked real, full of life and colour specially when these were surrounded by colourful visitors. I was particularly impressed by a group of statues where some women were depicted fetching water from a well. It took me back to my childhood when women used to fetch water from the wells, the then only common source of water in villages.
A fountain and Martyrs' Pillar were two other additions where a new visitor would definitely like to stop for sometime.
Your opinion about Chrysanthemum
© 2013 Sukhdev Shukla
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on January 09, 2014:
mylindaelliott, I am glad you like chrysanthemum flowers. It is always a pleasant experience to see many flowers in a row in a show like this. Thanks for visiting. Have a nice day!
mylindaelliott from Louisiana on January 09, 2014:
Lovely flower. I like all the pictures and the information too. My grandmother had several plants.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on December 20, 2013:
Susan Recipes, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you like the photos. Have a nice weekend!
Susan from India on December 20, 2013:
Beautiful Photos. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub. Voted up.
Sukhdev Shukla (author) from Dehra Dun, India on December 20, 2013:
FullOfLoveSites, Mums are really beautiful. It was a great learning for me, apart from enjoyment. Thanks for stopping by.
queenever, Thanks for visiting. I hope you might have liked the mums.
Francesca27, It was really enjoyable to see people enjoying the sight of mums. Everyone was so delighted. Thanks for stopping by.
Francesca27 from Hub Page on December 20, 2013:
Your pictures and hub are beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share this hub with us.
sarah from abha on December 20, 2013:
FullOfLoveSites from United States on December 20, 2013:
Breathtaking photos of the flowers! The most I'm familiar with is the pompon mums. Now I'm learning about new varieties of mums of every shape and color. Thanks for sharing! :)