Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society, president and the coordinator of the forthcoming annual National Chrysanthemum Society 2020 Floral Show in Durham November 7 & 8
Retired elementary school teacher Joan Matthews is on a mission to “Save the Chrysanthemum”. After realizing that many cultivars of exhibition-style mums, which were once very popular in American culture, were disappearing from home gardens, she knew she had to act. First by reviving the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society (CCCS) which had disbanded some years back; and then by convincing Sarah P. Duke Gardens to grow and feature large, vintage chrysanthemums in their fall displays and programs. In her role as president of CCCS, Joan was instrumental in the creation of the Festival of Fabulous Mums, an annual event featuring an indoor flower show with glorious blooms of every size, shape and color of this amazing botanical beauty. The event is co-hosted by the CCCS and Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Joan fell under the spell of magical mums several years ago and loves to spread the word about these very rare flowers. They are on the verge of extinction in the United States with only ONE supplier left in the country.
In her quest to revitalize chrysanthemums, Joan has become a popular guest lecturer throughout the Triangle and the state of North Carolina. She is presently guiding the CCCS in its planning for the National Chrysanthemum Society’s Convention and Flower Show to be hosted at the Millennium Hotel in Durham this November.
Joan, her two daughters and five grandchildren all enjoy growing mums together. Her garden has been featured in several local and national publications including The News and Observer, Walter Magazine and Country Garden. You can meet Joan and view her mums at the following WRALTarheel Traveler li here:
Joan Matthews grows Exhibition-style chrysanthemums in her garden in Raleigh, NC.
Photo: Craig Matthews