Did you know the City of Bedford has an official flower? It is the Azalea Mum. It was a name given by some plant dealers to certain varieties of chrysanthemum that were compact, hardy and early flowering. These plants are also know as Chrysanthemum Amelia or as Pink Cushion Mum. The common name Azalea Mum comes from the fact that these plants were low-growing and densely flowered, growing in mounds of color that were suggestive of old fashioned azaleas.
The City of Bedford made the Azalea Mum the city flower 87 years ago. To this day, the Bedford Garden Club plants these mums around the Civil War Monument on Bedford Commons and in the rotunda gardens at Bedford City Hall.