Kengai or "Cascade" are small flowered chrysanthemums trained in boat shaped frameworks that cascade downward like waterfalls for lengths of six and a half feet away from the potted root ball and require a 11 months to train.
Ozukuri which means "Thousand Bloom" is a single chrysanthemum trained to produce hundreds of simultaneous blossoms in a massive, dome shaped array. It requires a minimum of 11 - 12 months to train and are planted in custom built wooden containers called sekidai.
Ogiku means "single stem" and features single stems that can reach six feet tall with one perfect bloom balanced on top. They are precisely arranged in diagonal lines that decrease in height from the back of the bed to the front. They are presented in color arrangements that resemble traditional Japanese horse bridle reins called tazuna-ue.
Kiku was also the inspiration for New York jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski, a passionate gardener and Asian art collector. He has designed his Kiku Fine Jewelry Collection to benefit The New York Botanical Garden. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to the garden...that is if you can afford them.
If nothing else, perhaps the art of Kiku will cause you look at mums in a whole different light and appreciate the art of possibility.