The tradition of growing chrysanthemums at Longwood began when Pierre S. du Pont first opened the Conservatory in 1921. Today, our Chrysanthemum Festival is the largest display of exhibition chrysanthemums in the United States.
We start planning for our Chrysanthemum Festival more than a year in advance. At our July 2017 planning meeting, Associate Director, Display Design Jim Sutton brought a photo of a mum grown into the shape of a Japanese handheld fan. Jim suggested we try to grow one of our own, and our work began.