Chrysanthemums to grace Versailles

JIJI

Japanese chrysanthemums grown at the Shinjuku Gyoen national garden in Tokyo will go on display at the Palace of Versailles near Paris in autumn next year, informed sources have said.

The chrysanthemums will be grown using a traditional technique called “ozukuri,” designed to get hundreds of buds on a single plant to bloom at the same time.

It will be the second time Japanese chrysanthemums grown by this technique will have been displayed in France. The first such occasion was at the 1900 world’s fair in Paris.

Japan hopes to use the exhibition next year to convey its own sense of beauty and horticultural techniques as part of cultural exchanges with France.