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    Posted October 21, 2013 by
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Robert Ondrovic captured the colors of fall at the Kiku exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden. The exhibit features hundreds of chrysanthemums, called kiku in Japanese, arranged in a way that promotes hanami, the traditional custom of enjoying the ephemeral beauty of flowers. Experts there spend up to 11 months growing and training mums. “Cultivated from tiny cuttings, the plants are pinched back, tied to frames, and carefully nurtured, developing as the autumn nights grow longer and bursting into bloom in October,” according to the New York Botanical Garden website.

    “The traditional Japanese custom of hanami creates a very serene setting where the colors of the mums are highlighted in such a way that they capture your attention immediately upon entering the conservatory,” Ondrovic said. His image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for November 4, 2013.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    The annual fall Kiku exhibit is in full bloom at the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Kiku pays homage to hanami, the Japanese custom of enjoying the fleeting beauty of flowers, with chrysanthemums specially grown and pruned into different arrays.

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