Outline of Exhibition

Traditional Primroses

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

 “Traditional Primroses” refers to a series of primroses of many varieties that were produced from the unique flowers found in the wild by plantsmen from 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 flat to pincer-shaped. These primroses with their variety of colors and petals will be exhibited along with an innovative display of how primroses were traditionally appreciat ed- the unique, tiered primrose display stand having been donated in 2003 .

This year, we will introduce the primrose, Primula sieboldii, which was described in the literature from the Muromachi to early Edo period, under the theme of the History of Primrose Cultivation; and will present in the panel how the wild plant varieties were picked and arranged before they were established as a type of garden plant. In addition, we will exhibit its double-flowered varieties collected in 2007, wild varieties collected in 2010, and current new flowers collected from 2013 to 2015.


Period Apr 9 (Tue), 2019- May 6 (Mon), 2019
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 high school age and younger
Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no entrance after 4:00 p.m.)
Closed Apr 15 (Mon), 22 (Mon)
* The garden will be open on Tuesday, April 30.
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History


Many of the primroses exhibited are planted in pots. We prepare two pots for each variety, and four buds are planted in each pot. They will be exhibited in the primrose flower beds, areas surrounding an arbor, two plastic greenhouses, and the Yoshizu exhibition hall.
Those exhibited in the flower beds are varieties that were bred in the Edo era. The sections are arranged to exhibit wild plant varieties and current new flowers. Others are exhibited planted in the ground or in planters. In the arbor, the panels feature and explain the relationships between the diversified flower colors and pigments of primrose, and how pigments are created through gene functionality.
In front of the entrance of the main building, primroses are exhibited in the planters. They serve as an introduction to the Botanical Garden as well.


獅子頭 蛇の目傘
Tiered Primrose Display Stand Display in plastic greenhouse
光源氏 北斗星
Appare Murasakikagari
光源氏 北斗星
Sasanaki Daimin-nishiki
光源氏 北斗星
Tamasango Otedama