Chrysanthemums and More!

Chrysanthemums and More!

September 21 October 28, 2018

An annual celebration of autumn, Chrysanthemums and More! is the largest of its kind in Michigan, featuring expansive chrysanthemum displays, fall foliage and family-friendly activities.


Shape & Form

Autumn takes shape in the iconic chrysanthemum. With their playfully round forms and plentiful colors and patterns, these quintessential fall blooms capture the splendor of the season. The largest exhibition of its kind in Michigan, Chrysanthemums and More! is a celebration of the shape and form of autumn. And it only happens here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

This year’s theme is around that very notion of shape and form. Yet these bountiful blooms come from modest roots. The original chrysanthemum is believed to be a small, golden flower with a daisy-like shape. Only through selective breeding and specialized growing techniques have horticulturalists greatly altered its classic aesthetic. The modern mum is a highly variable flowering plant related to the dahlia, sunflower, marigold, zinnia and cosmos. At first glance, the chrysanthemum appears to bloom in single flowers but its wondrous blossoms are actually comprised of hundreds of florets. Equally intriguing, these intricate round florets are formed from two distinct shapes, ray (outer) and disk (center) florets. As you wander the exhibition, note the repeated shapes of these bold blooms.

Thousands of florist mums, from floor-to-ceiling, create unexpectedly unusual displays, especially in the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse, Earl and Donnalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor, Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory and Bissell, Inc. Scenic Corridor. Plentiful plantings also punctuate the Grand Entry Garden and Cook Entryway. In the Commons, feast your eyes on magnificent mum arrangements created by local florists exclusively for this exhibition—their artistry is nothing short of amazing. Enjoy a variety of forms, including a ball, globe, daisy or even button shape, with “pompon” blooms as small as a dime to showy “spider” blooms measuring six inches or more in diameter. While mums of this magnitude are gorgeous, they’re not hearty enough to survive in the wild or garden—their stems would topple due to the weight of the flowers, and bees would have difficulty pollinating them.

Head outdoors to enjoy hardy mums in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, Volunteer Tribute Garden and Streams. The smaller blooms stand up to autumn’s cooler, rainy weather. The fall harvest abounds in Michigan’s Farm Garden with circular silhouettes of apples, cabbage and heirloom vegetables. Here, the vibrancy of asters and topiaries combine with whimsical gourds and plump pumpkins to create a spectacle of shapes and hues. 

The largest exhibition of its kind in Michigan, Chrysanthemums and More! is exclusive to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and is one of our most beloved member and guest experiences. Savor it through October 29.

Mum Day, Giant Pumpkins and Hallowee-Ones and other fall-themed activities full of family fun are available during this exhibition.


Chrysanthemums and More! 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