The purpose of this web site is to inform you about the activities, objectives, and history of the society, introduce you to basic information about the chrysanthemum, and connect you to sources of further information on the Internet and in print.

This web site first came on line on 17 Sept. 2010.  It was last updated 21 Sept. 2019. Questions and comments may be directed to 
The 2019 officers of the Long Island Chrysanthemum Society are:  President, Joel R. Simon;  Vice President, Richard Murcott;  Treasurer, John Capobianco;  Recording/Cor-responding Secretary, Renu Sharma;  Membership Secretary, Joan Corbisiero;  Directors Ann Jacobson (3 years), Rita Rover (2 years), and Bob Tobias (1 years). The annual election of officers took place on 27 April 2019. 

Our friends at CLEMSON UNIVERSITY in South Carolina have created an excellent web page about mum diseases and insect pests.  We hope you never have these problems, but read it for knowledge, prevention, and hopefully cure.

LICS had a booth at the May 2018 SUNY Farmingdale Plant Sale and the Centerport Garden Club Plant Sale where we sold some 250 beautiful mums from California.  It was a great success thanks to the incredible hard work by our dedicated members, as well as Sharon Peterson and Jeff MacDonald et. al. in California, and the help of the Long Island Dahlia Society and the Long Island Daylily Society.  In 2019 we participated in the Long Island Horticultural Society plant sale at Planting Fields Arboretum.  

Ann Jacobson, esteemed member (and a director) of the Long Island Chrysanthemum Society, is, in addition to holding a doctorate in botany from the University of Chicago, a great photographer.  Follow the link to her chrysanthemum photos here.

Long-time chrysanthemum (and rhododendron) grower Richard Murcott has posted a page of beautiful chrysanthemum photos on his garden web site.  See them at  From there, see the rest of his fascinating site. 

LICS and NCS President Emeritus John Capobianco has made a DVD entitled "Making Chrysanthemum Bonsai."  For more information on the DVD and John's horticultural enterprises, including the sale of mum cuttings, go to   

LICS President Joel R. Simon has his own personal website.  Learn more about him and the book he is writing about Weehawken, New Jersey.

Starkie Brothers Garden Center in Farmingdale, Long Island, will host our 2019 chrysanthemum show.  Learn more about them at

The Long Island Chrysanthemum is a chapter of the National Chrysanthemum Society, Inc.  Visit them online at  

What does a chry-santhemum show look like?  Click on the sign to the right and look at a detailed description of our 2010 show. 
Joel R. Simon

We invite you to join our "mum" society.  
Follow this link to access a membership form!

Read Richard Murcott's informative essay, 
"Growing Exhibition Chrysanthemums"

    Chrysanthemums come in thirteen bloom types and a wide variety of colors.  The flowers actually consist of masses of individual "florets."  Disc florets form the center of the bloom, and ray florets extend outward from the center.  In "incurves," the traditional "football" mums, the ray florets predominate and completely cover the disc.  "Anemones," on the other hand, have large discs and just a fringe of rays.  Come to our show and see them all. 
    Although mums bloom in the fall, you begin with rooted cuttings in the spring, and nurture them through the hot summer months.  The winter is the time to plan your garden and learn all you can about the growing process.  
    There are many written and on-line sources of information about chrysanthemums.  The first thing you should do is look at the King's Mums 2019 Catalogue online.  Another source is an excellent little book entitled Mum's the Word:  Secrets to Growing Chrysanthemums by Pat Stockett Johnston, which can be purchased from King's Mums.  The National Chrysanthemum Society has several handbooks for sale, including one for beginners (which is sent free to first-year members), and membership in LICS-NCS includes a quarterly journal, appropriately entitled The Chrysanthemum.  Many fine books have been published about chrysanthemum culture, and we refer you to the bibliography on this site.
    There are excellent online sources as well.  One of the best is Richard Murcott's essay (Dick is LICS Vice President and master mum grower).  Welsh nurseryman and master mum grower Ivor Mace (who we are honored to count as a member of LICS) and Paul Barlow have published Chrysan-themums - The Ultimate eBook.  The Wikipedia entry on chrysanthemums is quite informative, and Paul Barlow's Chrysanthemums in Aberdeen (Scotland) is another master source.  Of course, if you "Google" "chrysanthemum" you will find much more of varying quality.
Did you know that John Steinbeck wrote a short story about growing chrysanthemums?  "The Chrysanthemums" is part of his collection The Long Valley, published by Viking Press in 1938.

This year we have a new home, Starkie Bros. Garden Center at 721 Main St., Farmingdale NY.  Take Exit 32N from Southern State (Route 110).  Go in the left lane and immediately turn left onto Main St.  Proceed N on Main St. a few miles.  Starkies will be on the right.  If you cross RR tracks, you have gone too far ... Or use your GPS if these directions don't work for you..
 Starkie Bros. Garden Center, always worth a visit, has a GREAT WEBSITE. 
Follow this link to a BIBLIOGRAPHY of classic books on chrysanthemum growing.