The Muttart Conservatory web page describes the Chinese New Year exhibit January 12 – February 24, 2013 as “a unique collaboration between the Conservatory and the Chinese Gardening Society. It features a variety of significant flowers such as: Crysanthemums, Azaleas, Celosia, Cyclamen, Bromeliads, Camellias and Orchids.”
2013 is the Year of the Snake and will officially start on the first day of the New Year containing a new moon. This festival will end 14 days later with a Lantern Festival. In Chinese astrology, the Snake symbolizes yin (feminine) energy, luck and passion."