Outline of Exhibition

Guide to the Traditional Seasonal Flora Exhibition on "Traditional Dianthus"
Exhibition period: Tuesday, May 11 through Sunday, May 30, 2004
Garden open: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (entry permitted until 4:00 pm)
Venue: Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, National Museum of Japanese History
Garden entry fee: ¥100 for all age groups from elementary school level (¥50 for groups of 20 or more)
Garden closed: every Monday
(when Monday coincides with a national holiday the garden will be closed on Tuesday)
Sponsor: National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Theme

The unique Japanese aesthetic and sophisticated techniques of Japanese horticulture saw it reach new heights during the Edo period when numerous varieties of many species of flora were created. However, many of these species have been lost due to rapid changes in Western horticulture since the Meiji period, while these sophisticated horticultural techniques have also come close to disappearing altogether. The National Museum of Japanese History has been involved in finding and preserving species that have been on the verge of extinction and presents this exhibition as one part of the combined results of basic research undertaken from both a biological and historical perspective, with the aim of promoting understanding of the history of flora.

It is said that traditional dianthus was chosen from hybrids that were bred as the result of crossbreeding between native Japanese dianthus and dianthus brought from China called Dianthus chinensis. During the Edo period various improvements were made and many varieties created. Dianthus with slim long petals is especially prized.