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Vol 57 No. 17 : October, 2005
Vol 57 No. 17 | Oct. 3, 2005

Chrysanthemum Show, Koi Auction Scheduled for Japanese Garden

A pair of annual events will once again be held in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB this fall.
The garden’s Chrysanthemum Show takes place Sunday, Oct. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. The event is presented by the Japanese Garden, Long Beach City College Horticulture Department and the Orange County Chrysanthemum Society (OCCS).

Award-winning chrysanthemum flowers will be showcased in this nationally-juried Chrysanthemum Society of Orange County show. Chrysanthemums, Japan’s Imperial symbol, will be placed throughout the garden. All of these flowers, as well as the popular bedding mums, will be available for purchase throughout the day. Proceeds from the flower sale will benefit the Japanese Garden educational programs and OCCS.

“The Japanese have a long tradition of creating life-size dolls out of chrysanthemum flowers,” said Alison Redfoot, The Japanese Garden’s education coordinator. “The Japanese Garden is excited to join in this practice with its own living chrysanthemum doll featured at this year’s event.”

Every year the Japanese Garden presents a wide selection of chrysanthemum varieties and uses, and this year is no exception. The event includes wine and tea tasting, floral displays and art activities.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for Japanese Garden members. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

This year’s Koi Auction will be held on Sunday, Nov. 20. This annual event is conducted by members of the Zen Nippon Airinkai Koi Club of Southern California, and Japanese Garden staff and volunteers will begin with a preview of the colorful koi fish, also known as carp, at 11:30 a.m., followed by the noon auction. The auction will continue until all the fish are sold or 4 p.m.

The auction is the perfect opportunity for people interested in owning koi to gain an introduction to the art and science of koi keeping. Young fish culled from the garden’s pond may sell for under $5, while many large koi are sold at reasonable prices. Attendees receive bidding cards to purchase their koi, with purchasers receiving a brochure titled Caring for Your Koi.

Admission to the auction is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for Japanese Garden members and free for children 12 and under. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Japanese Garden.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on Earl Warren Drive, directly across from Lot 16 on the Cal State Long Beach campus. For more information on either the chrysanthemum show or koi auction, call 562/985-8885.

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