What to do on a drippy day in the Pacific Northwest? Here’s one suggestion: a trip to the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park, Tacoma. Their autumn exhibit consists of a beautiful display of Chrysanthemums and will be available for viewing until Nov 13. Also, as a special treat for Halloween, there are some spooky displays spread throughout the conservatory. Be on the lookout for the witch, black rat, several black crows, a giant skull, lots of jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins, and watch out for the snakes coiled around branches. Don’t worry! They aren’t real!
Not having photographed or studied Chrysanthemums before, I had to give myself a crash course on these beautiful blooms. I found the most useful information at the National Chrysanthemum Society, USA. Come to find out, there are 13 classes of Chrysanthemums, many of which the botanical conservatory currently has on display. Below are sample images of some of the classes of these flowers. Use the link above to the National Chrysanthemum Society to help you identify which class the bloom belong in.
I hope you enjoyed the Chrysanthemum images! If you do plan a visit to the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, please drop a few dollars in the donation box, as your donations help to support the conservatory to put on these wonderful, seasonal displays. Thank you!
All photo property of Peggy A Thompson