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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrates Autumn with Chrysanthemum Exhibition

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The Chrysanthemums and More! exhibition features a celebration of all things local with vibrant chrysanthemum displays, family-friendly activities and more, September 21 to October 28.
"Chrysanthemums and More!" at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

"Chrysanthemums and More!" at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park /Photo by Peter McDaniel, courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Exhibition Programming

  • Fall Family Day
    Saturday, October 6, 1–4 pm
    FEE: Included with admission
    Visit the Children’s Garden for lots of fall family fun. Activities include something for all your senses—Press and Pound Color Banners, Autumn-themed Stories, Tree Vest Craft and an  “I-Spy” Naturalist Walk about trees.
  • Herb & Gourd Fest
    Midwest Michigan Herb Association and Michigan Gourd Society
    Saturday and Sunday, October 13—14 Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    FEE: Included with admission
    Discover a variety of ways to use herbs and gourds in this annual fall event. A variety of culinary herbs will be featured including hops, the 2018 “Herb of the Year.” Discover the benefits that herbs provide and experience their wonderful fragrances. Kids can participate in a fun art activity with herbs and make their own seed tape to plant in a pot or in the garden next spring. Visit the touchable gourds section and try playing a gourd instrument. Purchase decorated gourds or buy an unfinished gourd and create your own art at home.
  • Giant Pumpkins at Michigan’s Farm Garden
    Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14
    FEE: Included with admission
    Enjoy giant pumpkins on display at Michigan’s Farm Garden. Weighing in at hundreds of pounds, these pumpkins will amaze kids and adults alike. Learn all about pumpkins as you sort varieties and answer quiz questions at the Pumpkin Discovery cart. Or try your hand at a pumpkin bean bag toss and play a unique pumpkin game “Which Vine is Mine?” to learn about how pumpkins grow.
  • Mum Day
    Sunday, October 14, 1–4 pm
    FEE: Included with admission
    Enjoy tours and demonstrations led by members of the horticulture department.
  • Tuesdays at the Farm
    Tuesday, October 16 and 23 , 5–8:30 pm
    FEE: Included with admission
    Eat, drink, and dance in the crisp autumn air. A food truck and the Balk Café will be serving up local fresh fare along with West Michigan beers, hot cider, and adult cocktails. Dance to a string band with accompanying square dance caller.


"Chrysanthemums and More!" mum column at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

"Chrysanthemums and More!" mum column at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park /Photo by Peter McDaniel, courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to present the annual fall horticulture exhibition, Chrysanthemums and More! opening to the public on September 21. This exhibition, the largest of its kind in Michigan, features expansive displays of chrysanthemums, fall foliage and family-friendly activities. The exhibition will be on display through October 28.  

This year’s focus will be on “Growing Local”, highlighting the local growers, farms, food and drink featured at Meijer Gardens. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of locally grown elements, including decorative, spoon, cushion, and quill chrysanthemums, with “pompon” blooms as small as a nickel to showy “spider” blooms measuring six inches or more in diameter. This exhibition is a feast for the eyes, displaying the versatility of the magnificent mum and much more.

“Our theme this year is ‘Growing Local’,” explained Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture. “This is a remarkable way to showcase many of the local suppliers that we work with throughout the year who provide us with thousands of colorful chrysanthemums, gourds, pumpkins and other ornamental items. With this focus on all things local, we have an chance to highlight the wide variety of chrysanthemums and other items grown locally in an exhibition that has become a wonderful fall tradition for our guests.”

Visitors will be greeted with vibrant displays of chrysanthemums from the moment that they arrive and delighted by abundant floral arrangements of these bold blooms as they walk through the scenic corridor inside of the main building. Upon entering the Seasonal Display Greenhouse, a floor-to-ceiling chrysanthemum display will unfold as a focal point. Presentations of a five-sphere topiary, large disbuds and beds of colorful plantings will complement this feature in the nearby Earl and Donnalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor. Outdoors, expansive beds of lush chrysanthemums will be arranged in large sweeps of color and will be balanced by a variety of ornamental plantings.

Activities such as the Fall Bonsai Show, Giant Pumpkins and Hallowee-Ones are full of family fun throughout the exhibition. Mum Day on October 14 will give visitors a chance to take a walking tour led by horticulture staff, enjoy informational demonstrations and learn more about the chrysanthemum. 

The Balk Café will feature seasonal daily dinner specials on Tuesday evenings, with seasonal ingredients coming from Meijer Gardens’ own Michigan’s Farm Garden.

The Chrysanthemums and More! exhibition is sponsored by:
The Meijer Foundation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts



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