Chrysanthemums & More!

Chrysanthemums & More!

September 17 October 31, 2021

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

Overview

Part art, and part science, Chrysanthemums & More! celebrates its 23rd year with a curious look into how the interplay of light and shadow transform the Autumn Glow theme at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

A perennial favorite and the largest of its kind in Michigan, our exhibition spans thousands of blossoms across 158 sprawling acres. Peruse pathways aglow with vibrant fall plantings, paying attention to how their look and mood change as you move from the intensity of sun-filled spaces to the understated low light of autumn afternoons. Watch textures soften and shadows elongate as the light of day takes hues from warm to cool. Each display is a visual spectacle of flowers and foliage, appearing to glow from within.

Plentiful plantings in the Grand Entry, Welcome Center, and Gunberg and BISSELL Corridors showcase the chrysanthemum through the artistry of many designers, among them our own Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park horticulture staff. In the BISSELL Corridor, a different local floral designer each week will create a singular arrangement highlighting the chrysanthemum as its primary element.

Of equal note are stunning displays in the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse, Earl and Donnalee Holton Victorian Garden Parlor, and Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, each lush and lovely.

Treat your senses with a trek into the crisp fall air. Venture onto the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Rooftop Sculpture Garden, with its seasonal wetland views, then make your way to the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and its cornucopia of chrysanthemums, intermingled with nontraditional autumn plantings to form a quilt-like tapestry. Continue to Michigan’s Farm Garden, where the abundant autumn harvest boasts heirloom vegetables, herbs, gourds and larger-than-life pumpkins. This example of a working family farm occasionally provides some of its more than 40 varieties of produce for our James & Shirley Balk Café.

Fall wouldn’t be the same without you. Come glow with us!

Events

September 7, 2021 10:30 am / Lena Meijer Children's Garden

Backpack Adventures

Join us in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden for Backpack Adventures! These discovery walks, led by Art & Garden Play Activity Leaders, conclude with a story time and provide a fun way to explore art and horticulture with “Big Kid” backpack tools.

September 18, 2021 10:00 am

Herb & Gourd Fest

Discover a variety of ways to use herbs and gourds.

September 18, 2021 1:00 pm

Fall Family Day

Enjoy fabulous fall family fun!

September 28, 2021 5:00 pm

Tuesdays at the Farm

Eat, drink and dance in the crisp autumn air!

September 28, 2021 5:00 pm

Autumn Glow Garden

Enjoy artfully carved pumpkin displays.

October 2, 2021 10:00 am

Fall Bonsai Show

See a variety of bonsai on display.

October 22, 2021 10:00 am

Hallowee-Ones

Get creative at this special event.

Sponsors

Chrysanthemums & 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
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