Knight Of The Mums

By The Old House Web
Photos by Adam and Dana Holmes

Two young visitors are enthralled by the "Maiden of the Mums."

A magical floral kingdom is the theme of the annual autumn chrysanthemumdisplay at Brookside Gardens Conservatories, a public botanical garden inWheaton, Maryland.

Mums of all sizes, colors and shapes are trained into fanciful forms. Aknight in shining armor confronts a fearsome 40-foot-long topiary dragon. A fair"Maiden of Mums" awaits rescue, perhaps to be swept away to the castleby the waterfall.

The Knight of the Mums confronts the40-foot dragon

The end of the serpent's tail emerges on the other side of the walkway.

Spider mums

The waterfall, outside the castle wall

Sentinels of mums silently guard the kingdom entrance.

The kingdom is serene on a weekday afternoon.

Spectacular blooms

Not a mum, but a bird of paradise, which seems to fit well in the fanciful floral kingdom.

A wizard's crystal ball beneath a gazebo of mums.

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The display is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November26. Upcoming displays include the Garden of Lights, a spectacular half-milewalk-through display of original forms of plants, animals, fountains, colorfulroses, wisteria and other blooms of twinkling lights.

Brookside Gardens Conservatories is located at 1500 Glenallan Avenue inWheaton, MD, just 15 miles north of Washington, D.C. Phone: 301-949-8230.

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