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.

Overview

Growing Local

Larger-than-life blooms are just the beginning! This year, we invite you to come experience the bounty and beauty of West Michigan as our highly anticipated autumn exhibition celebrates all things local.

Come out to the largest exhibition of its kind in Michigan—and this year, the most local. More than ever before, we invite you to savor the goodness of West Michigan growers, farms, food and drink as you take in Chrysanthemums and More! at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Resplendent displays of thousands of blooms, anchored by a palette of purple and burgundy hues, landmark our interior and exterior locations. From the classic to the exotic, these chrysanthemum creations are conceptualized and cultivated by West Michigan growers. At the centerpiece of the exhibition is the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse, with signature specialty mums that flow into the Earl and Donnalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor and Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. By popular demand, local florists return with their captivatingly creative displays, too. Outdoors, poetic stretches of plantings wow at our Peter C. and Pat Cook Temporary Entrance, Medallion Garden feature, Volunteer Tribute Garden and Lena Meijer Children’s Garden.

Yet perhaps nothing welcomes you home more than our charming Michigan’s Farm Garden. Walk back in time to a 1930s era family farm. The extended bounty of farm life continues here and across our campus with countless varieties of plants, pumpkins and gourds produced by local farms, greenhouses and nurseries. Don’t miss the interesting stories of many of these local growers told on our social media—a first for Meijer Gardens. Over the course of the season, many of these stellar horticulturalists will share behind-the-scenes insights into our local green industry.

It’s not just what to see at Michigan’s Farm Garden—it’s also what to do that honors local this year. Join us on two special evenings, October 16 and 23, for a walk or courtesy tram ride out to eat, drink and dance in the crisp autumn air. Food offerings will include Meijer Gardens Hospitality’s pop-up of our own Balk Café, as well as food truck fare from Everyday Chef & Wife. The Balk Café pop-up will feature new fall menu items, Michigan beers, a specialty cocktail, and warm Michigan cider for the kids. Take to the barn for dancing with native string band Hawks & Owls, complete with an accompanying square dance caller to help guide your steps.

In addition to the wonderful edibles from our Michigan’s Farm Garden, our Balk Café proudly sources ingredients from local farmers, butchers and bakers, in partnership with Local First.

Family fun is in store all season, too. Highlights of our autumn activities include Giant Pumpkins Weekend, Fall Family Day and our annual Herb and Gourd Fest. We promise to delight all of your senses as you come home to Chrysanthemums and More!, where local is more. 

Events

Fall Family Day
Saturday, October 6, 1–4 pm
Visit the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden for lots of fall family fun. Activities include something for all of 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
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
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14
Discover 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
Enjoy tours and demonstrations led by members of the horticulture department.

Tuesdays at the Farm
Tuesday, October 16 and 23 , 5–8 pm
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. 

Sponsors

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