THE
LONG ISLAND
CHRYSANTHEMUM SOCIETY
INC.

DEDICATED TO THE AMATEUR "MUM" GROWER AND ALL CHRYSANTHEMUM LOVERS OF LONG ISLAND NY AND THE WORLD
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 18 March 2017.  Questions and comments may be directed to info@longislandmums.org 
 
The 2016 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);  Bob Tobias (2 years);  and Rita Rover (1 years).  The annual election of officers took place on 5 June 2016. 

We congratulate our LICS treasurer and past president John E. Capobianco who has completed his term as President of the National Chrysanthemum Society.

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 http://garden.murcott.com/mums/.  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 www.capobiancocreations.com.   

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

Hicks Nurseries in Westury, Long Island, hosts our annual chrysanthemum show.  Learn more about them at www.hicksnurseries.com.  Their site includes an excellent page on growing hardy garden mums. 

The Long Island Chrysanthemum Society Inc. is proud to be a chapter of the National Chrysanthemum Society, Inc.  Visit them online at http://www.mums.org/.  

The 56th Annual Show of the Long Island Chrysanthemum Society took place at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury NY on 16-17 October 2010.  There were over 100 entries, including disbuds, sprays, and a spectacular cascade.  Click on the sign to take a virtual tour of the 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"

Left to Right:   Best Multiple Blooms in Show, Cultivar "Hagoramo";   Best Bloom in Show, Cultivar "Mt. McKinley"; Basket, Cultivars "Flair" & "Seaton's Galaxy," Best in Section & Group.  All three entries grown by Renu Sharma and exhibited in the LICS 2015 show [all show photos by Joel R. Simon].
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LEARN HOW TO GROW BEAUTIFUL MUMS IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD IN 2017! 


     Would you like to grow chrysanthemums in your own back yard?  Skill, dedication and a little luck will result in blooms like you see on this page.  Every great grower started out as a novice.  You can acquire the skills and join the elite ranks of amateur mum growers.  If you join the Long Island Chrysanthemum Society (and the parent organization, the National Chrysanthemum Society), you will have access to all kinds of resources to help you on the journey, and our experienced growers may even mentor you if you wish.  
    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.  Even if you do not grow mums yourself, come to our annual show at Hicks Nurseries on 4-5 November.. 
    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  2017 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 Judges' Chairman).  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.
AWARD-WINNING MUMS FROM THE 2016 SHOW:  (1) "RITA ROVER" (blue) by RITA ROVER/MARTY COHEN, (2) "ONE SCOOP" (red) by ROBERT TOBIAS, (3) "DEREK BIRCUMSHAW" (best in group) by JOAN H. CORBI- SIERO, (4) KIWI MAGIC (blue) by RENU SHARMA (numbered clockwise).  Photos by Joel R. Simon
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