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Meijer Gardens Celebrates Autumn With Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to present the fall horticulture exhibition,Chrysanthemums and More! opening to the public on September 16th. 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 30th.

This year’s focus will be on “A New Shade of Autumn,” accenting the color purple. This exhibition is a feast for the eyes, showcasing the versatility of the magnificent mum and much more.

“Chrysanthemums and More! will highlight color in ways we have never done before,” explained Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture. “Rich shades of purple and violet will mix up the more traditional shades of autumn. The newly redesigned and renovated Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse will highlight the bold displays of Chrysanthemums that make this exhibition a beautiful and unique fall tradition.”

Visitors will be greeted with vibrant displays of chrysanthemums throughout the Grand Entry Garden and Cook Entry Arbor, and delighted by abundant floral arrangements 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 the main focal point. Presentations of chrysanthemum spheres, 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 purple, orange and gold and will be balanced by ornamental cabbage and kale.

Activities such as the Fall Bonsai Show, Giant Pumpkins and Hallowee-Ones are full of family fun throughout the exhibition. Mum Day on October 16 will give visitors a chance to take a walking tour led by horticulture staff, enjoy informational demonstrations and learn more about the chrysanthemum.

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

Exhibition Programming

  • Herb & Gourd Fest

Saturday, September 17th, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, September 18th, 11am to 5pm

Discover a variety of ways to use herbs and gourds at this popular fall event. Midwest Michigan Herb Association members will reveal the top herbs for everyday use, provide information on preserving herbs, and share tips on planning next year’s herb and vegetable garden. Bring the whole family—kids and adults will make a fun sunflower craft and learn more about this herb, which Native Americans used in everyday life. Watch Michigan Gourd Society members demonstrate a variety of techniques, from painting and chip-carving gourds to applying coiling, weaving and more. View their finished works of art and see functional and decorative gourds from many different countries. Purchase locally grown and decorated gourds, from bowls and vases to jewelry. This event is included with admission to Meijer Gardens.

  • Fall Bonsai Show
    Saturday, October 1st, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, October 2nd, 11am to 5pm

See a variety of bonsai—from trees in the early stages of training to lovely older trees—displayed by members of the West Michigan Bonsai Club. Watch bonsai artists at work during ongoing demonstrations and vote for your favorite tree. Shop for bonsai tools, unique pots, wire and bonsai trees. This event is complimentary.

  • Fall Family Day   
    Saturday, October 8th, 1pm to 4pm
    Visit the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden for lots of fall family fun. Activities include something for all your senses: Nature-scent Crowns in the Kid-Sense Garden, Fall-themed Tunes in the Storytelling Garden, Press and Pound Color Banners on the back patio, Weaving Autumn Tales in the Log Cabin, and an “I-Spy” Color Hunt Naturalist Walk. This event is included with admission to Meijer Gardens.
  • Giant Pumpkins at Michigan’s Farm Garden

Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th
Discover giant pumpkins on display at Michigan’s Farm Garden. Weighing in at hundreds of pounds, these pumpkins will amaze kids and adults alike. Enjoy a cooking demonstration (1:30 and 3 pm) that will highlight the versatile use of this popular fall gourd. Have fun learning interesting facts about giant pumpkins as you search the farm for answers. Special Family Weekends are sponsored by the East Beltline Applebee’s. This event is included with admission to Meijer Gardens.

  • Mum Day
  • Sunday, October 16th, 1pm to 4pm
  • Enjoy walking tours led by the horticulture staff as well as informational demonstrations. This event is included with admission to Meijer Gardens.
  • Hallowee-Ones

Friday, October 21st, 10am to noon (Parades at 10:15am and 11:15 am)
Get creative at this special event designed for our youngest visitors. Dress your child as a sculpture, mammal, fish, insect, bird, tree, flower, geologist or any other way that highlights something about the Children’s Garden. Participate in a costume parade and listen to Halloween-themed stories. Celebrate Halloween with your wee-ones. No tricks, no treats, just fun! This event is included with admission to Meijer Gardens.

The Chrysanthemums and More! exhibition is sponsored by The Meijer Foundation and the Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.