Versailles to show chrysanthemums grown in Shinjuku Gyoen garden

Kyodo

The Palace of Versailles in France will put chrysanthemums grown in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden on display next fall, the administrative bodies of both facilities said Tuesday.

The chrysanthemums were grown using a traditional technique in which hundreds of flowers bloom on a single plant. It will be the first display of “ozukuri” chrysanthemums in France since the 1900 Paris world’s fair, the Environment Ministry said in a joint press conference with the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles.

Catherine Pegard, chairwoman of the Public Establishment, said through a translator that the technique is little known in France and she looks forward to showcasing it at the palace.

Two of the chrysanthemums will be flown to France and will bloom there.