Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Primroses
Traditional Primroses

The Botanical Garden of Everyday Life has held primrose exhibitions under the title “Traditional Primroses” since 2002.

“Traditional Primroses” refer to a series of primroses of many varieties which were produced from the unique flowers found in the wild species by plantsmen after the middle of the Edo Period. The colors of the flowers vary from red to white, and the shapes of the petals also vary from a flat shape to pincer-shaped. While exhibiting such primroses with a variety of colors and petals, the traditional appreciation method will also be reproduced in the primrose flower bed donated in 2003, which is an innovative exhibition method. In addition, the double-flowered varieties that were produced in recent years and collected in 2007, and the wild species collected in 2010 will also be exhibited. The exhibition will also explain with panels that many primroses of the Edo Period are named after yokyoku, and that samurai warriors were also involved deeply in the cultivation of primroses.

Period Apr 16 (Tue), 2013- May 6 (Mon), 2013
Venue Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, National Museum of Japanese History
Admissions ¥100
Groups of 20 or more: ¥50 per person
* Free admission for children junior high school age and younger
* Free admission for high school students every Saturday
* Free admission on April 29 (Sunday, national holiday), Rekihaku's "Midori no Hi" ("Greenery Day".)
Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no entrance after 4:00 p.m.)
Closed Apr 22 (Mon)
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Lineup

The primroses will be displayed mainly in pots. A pot will have four buds, and two pots for each variety will be displayed in the tiered primrose display stand, around the Azuma-ya, in two greenhouses, and the Yoshizu exhibition hall. The primroses produced in the Edo period will be displayed on the display stand and also in planters. About 300 varieties in about 600 to 700 pots will be displayed.

The double-flowered varieties produced in recent years and the wild species will be displayed in a special section, and also in planters, etc. around the Azuma-ya. To advertise the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life, primroses in planters will be displayed in front of the Museum entrance. The exhibition will also explain with panels that many primroses of the Edo Period are named after yokyoku, and that samurai warriors were also involved deeply in the cultivation of primroses.

Akatonbo

Akatonbo

Hokutosei

Hokutosei

Maimomiji (Double-flowered)

Maimomiji (Double-flowered)

Yatsugatakeshiro (Wild species)

Yatsugatakeshiro (Wild species)

Note: Please note that items in the exhibition are subject to change.