After almost two unprecedented years of twists, turns, and surprises, the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and the Raleigh Garden Club plan a spectacular National Chrysanthemum Society Flower Show.
We are excited to invite you to a "Festival of Fabulous Mums," the 77th Floral Show in Durham, NC, at the Millennium Hotel Saturday and Sunday, Nov 6 & 7, 2021.
Millennium Hotel Durham. Photo used by permission from Millennium Hotel Durham
Floral Show Location and Accommodations
The newly renovated Millennium Hotel Durham located blocks from the Duke University campus and close to downtown Durham which offers many dining options. Hotel amenities include complimentary on-site parking, an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. Bel Gusto, the on-site restaurant, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Varsity Lounge & Grille offers cocktails and light snacks and includes a warm fireplace.
The closest airport is Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU), which is 18 miles from the Millennium Hotel. Cabs to the hotel are available outside of baggage. Uber and Lyft are also options from RDU. Many rental car companies are also available. The hotel offers free parking. The hotel has a shuttle available ($10) for trips within 5 miles of the hotel. That distance covers several restaurants and the Duke University Campus.
Nearby Local Durham Attractions
Duke University's Sarah P. Duke Gardens offers either walk or a golf cart ride tour to stroll through the beautiful grounds highlighted by the wonderful collection of chrysanthemums grown by Duke Gardens’ horticulturist Michelle Rawlins. The first week of November will have stunning displays of fall color as well as brilliant chrysanthemum plants placed throughout the 55-acre botanical garden. The CCCS and Duke Gardens staff encourage all participants to explore the gardens on their own while in Durham for the 2021 NCS Flower Show, Nasher Museum (admission fee, nasher.duke.edu), and the Duke Lemur Center (lemur.duke.edu) is a place of respite and wellness with the world-class design of its four distinct areas, including the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum be displaying chrysanthemums grown in the garden. The North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC-Chapel Hill is a conservation garden displaying natives from around the state, including our indigenous carnivorous plants. The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State in Raleigh focuses on working with the horticultural industry and displays many unique architectural shrubs and trees and new introductions of perennials that grow well the Southeast.
The Duke Lemur Center is a sanctuary hosting the most diverse lemur population outside their native home of Madagascar. There you can learn about the study, care, and protection of lemurs – Earth's most threatened groups of mammals. Located in Durham at the Museum of Life and Science is the Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer Insectarium. There you can see over 50 species of butterflies and an assortment of exotic insects and invertebrates from around the globe, as well as 250 species of tropical plants that serve as nectar and pollen sources.
North Carolina’s largest industry: Agriculture! North Carolina is proud to be the largest agricultural state in the Southeast and 8th in the nation. Did you know that North Carolina is also the leading producer of hardy chrysanthemums in the nation, with over 10 million plants produced in 2018? Syngenta is a major supplier of chrysanthemum cuttings in the United States. Although Syngenta’s flower production facilities are located in California and Florida, their largest research center is right in the Research Triangle Park. Syngenta’s Advance Crop Lab maintains 40 different growth environments for their researchers to develop and test Syngenta’s broad portfolio of crops and breakthrough traits across a wide range of field conditions. Syngenta scientists tackle some of agriculture's most pressing challenges, including optimizing water use, reducing pest pressure, and enhancing plant response to environmental stresses. Syngenta has been a generous supporter of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society for several years.
2021 National Chrysanthemum Show
The NCS flower show opens to the public on Saturday, November 6th, at 12 noon to 5 pm, and on Sunday, Nov 7th, from 9 am to 5 pm.
We are planning several sessions open to the general public this year covering a range of topics.
On Saturday morning, while the judges are busy evaluating the show entries, we will host a panel discussion on Successful Growing Techniques and the symposium Carnivorous Plants of North Carolina by Chris Liloia of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The sessions will be 30 to 45 minutes covering such topics as Floral Design and tropical and local floral designations pollinator gardens. All will be presented free by local garden experts. Please frequently check as we solidify our program in the coming months.
We already have some great items for this year’s Silent Auction. Besides being fun, the Silent Auction. Including chrysanthemum and garden-related items (books, art, jewelry, household items, garden tools, and other intriguing items).
Fun in twenty twenty-one!
We hope that many of you will join us this year and consider an extended visit to take in some of the various attractions around the beautiful state of North Carolina to give you some ideas of what North Carolina has to offer "from the mountains to the coast," with a whole lot in between Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill are the keystones of the Research Triangle area.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville will be decorated for Christmas starting November 8. America's largest home features over 55 hand-decorated trees, 360 fresh wreaths, and 1,000 live poinsettias during this time. More than 30,000 lights and candles twinkle throughout the Estate, and live musical performances are featured inside the house, providing a magical ambiance for special candlelight tours, which require reservations. Near the Biltmore is an entrance to The Blue Ridge Parkway, a spectacular scenic byway through the Appalachian Mountains featuring picturesque overlooks and 25 arched stone tunnels.
Asheville is a 3½ hour drive to/from Durham, so if a visit to the Biltmore Estate is in your plans, we suggest renting a car and possibly separating your round trip flight between Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte/Douglass airports. Charlotte Douglas Airport is an American Airlines hub with non-stop flights to many cities to be less expensive than a round-trip. Then you can drive approximately 2½ hours to the convention hotel via I-85.
If coming or going by way of Asheville (or Charlotte), a stop in Winston-Salem would be a nice break in the ride. There you can visit the Moravian village of Old Salem and the Reynolda House and Gardens. In Old Salem, costumed interpreters recreate the early Moravian settlers' lives in their original setting and homes, with the authentic fare at the village tavern restaurant. Reynolda was the 1067 acre country estate of tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds and his wife in the early twentieth century. After their deaths, the Estate was gradually sold and given away, including the gardens becoming Wake Forest University. The formal garden on the WFU campus has been restored and is open to the public. The Reynolds family home is now the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. It holds one of the country's finest collections of American paintings and hosts traveling exhibitions of American Art.
The North Carolina coast is beautiful in the fall. During this time, the Outer Banks especially is a birder's paradise with more than 400 species of migrating birds. Other attractions at the Outer Banks include the Wright Brothers Museum, a herd of wild horses, three lighthouses, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The Elizabethan Gardens in nearby Manteo is an English themed garden famed for its 85 species of camellias, many of which will be in bloom in November. It also hosts a collection of Elizabethan era statues and a Live Oak tree at least 450 years old.
Other attractions along the coast include several lighthouses, three aquariums, and the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. Wilmington is located on the Cape Fear River banks and boasts a historic downtown area with Queen Anne architecture, quaint shops, and many restaurants. Also found in Wilmington is Airlie Gardens, a real Southern treasure with thousands of azaleas, including fall-blooming encores, camellias, magnolias, live oaks draped with Spanish moss, and native palms. It also features freshwater lakes and streams with beautiful bridges and pergolas along the shores and fascinating art, including metal sculptures, mosaics, and the Minnie Evans Sculpture Garden, constructed with over 4000 glass bottles.
Along the way to the coast, you might want to stop by the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, or The Chef and The Farmer, the restaurant of "A Chef's Life" host Vivien Howard located in Kinston.
We encourage you to Come Early and Stay Late, make North Carolina your Fall vacation.
The Japanese Tea House at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Photo: Michelle Rawlins
Syngenta’s Advanced Crop Lab at Research Triangle Park in Durham
one of the 14 species of lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center.
Photo: Cindy Richards
a North Carolina native carnivorous plant.
Photo: Cindy Richards.
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Photo: Cindy Richards
Biltmore Estate at Christmas in Asheville, NC
Estate interior Christmas exquisite decorations
The wild horses of the coastal Outer Banks, NC
The lighthouses of the NC coast Outer Banks