Let 500 chrysanthemums bloom

Mr Shinichi Suzuki, who is skilled in the Japanese flower cultivation technique of senrinzaki, set up three chrysanthemum arrangements in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay as part of the Dahlia Dreams floral exhibition.
Mr Shinichi Suzuki, who is skilled in the Japanese flower cultivation technique of senrinzaki, set up three chrysanthemum arrangements in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay as part of the Dahlia Dreams floral exhibition. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Horticulturist Shinichi Suzuki cultivates the flowers from a single plant stem and arranges the branches in a dome-shaped frame

Would you spend 18 months growing a flower that only blooms for one month before it wilts?

Not many people would, but 68-year-old Japanese horticulturist Shinichi Suzuki is one such person who undertakes this painstaking process called senrinzaki.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline 'Let 500 chrysanthemums bloom'. Print Edition | Subscribe