The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore planted 600 chrysanthemums along the driveway approaching the manor house recently. The mums are of various colors and were grown by Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore, according to superintendant Jeff Saffran. The SA&G ceased planting the beautiful fall display a few years ago in an effort to save money. This year, however, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation and a significant gift from the family of Marilyn Bandfield the tradition was restored.
Chrysanthemums are popular fall flower because of their bright colors and ability to withstand frosts often well into November. Mums are a great example of a plant that has been hybridized – bred to one another from a wide array of varieties to produce plants with different leaf and flower characteristics. Originally grown in China as a flowering herb, both the garden, or hardy, mums at the SA&G and the greenhouse mums that are used in flower arranging came from the same parent plant hundreds of years ago – a golden-yellow daisy like mum. It wasn’t until the late 1700’s that mums were cultivated in the U.S. Mums have different significance in different cultures
The SA&G closes for the season on October 31 and is located at 19255 West Portage River South Road in Elmore. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sundays noon–4 p.m. For more information call 419 862-3182 or visit www.schedel-gardens.org.