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Chinese Symbol of Autumn: the Chrysanthemum
Make way pumpkins, this is the season for chrysanthemums.
In November, Lan Su celebrates the chrysanthemum with a series of mum-themed horticultural programs. The illustrious history of the Chrysanthemum is honored through presentations on Chinese medicine, floral art displays, cultivation, demonstrations and more,
The Chrysanthemum has been cultivated in China as early as 700 BC and soon gained favor as the symbol of Autumn. Longevity and immortality are only a couple of its themes in part due to its use in medicine and earning its fame in poetry. The famous Chinese scholar poet Tao Yuanming (365-427 CE) made the proverbial connection with the lifestyle of a hermit as the autumn chrysanthemum avoids the crowded floral market in the spring.