The star of Longwood Gardens’ Chrysanthemum Festival has canceled at the last minute for the past two years.
Just like Bruce Springsteen or Luke Bryan, the 1,000-bloom chrysanthemum was too sick to go on stage.
A lot can go awry when growing largest chrysanthemum outside of Asia. Yet next week, the mega mum should take its place in the spotlight.
The largest mum is one of more than 5,000 in the garden’s annual festival celebrating the fall flower. And while none are as demanding, it still takes 18 months for so many mums to bloom at the right time.
“Hands down, chrysanthemum festival is the hardest thing we have to do,” says Jim Sutton, Longwood’s associate director of display design.
The 42nd Chrysanthemum Festival has giant yellow spider mums, mums resembling daisies, mums that look like a bad hair day and a lot more. There are also living sculptures with mums trained into forms like spirals, trees, clouds and pagodas. The show continues through Nov. 12.