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Meijer Gardens opening fall horticulture exhibit

September 13, 2017
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The "Chrysanthemums and More!" exhibit at Meijer Gardens is the largest of its kind in Michigan, featuring expansive chrysanthemum displays, fall foliage and family activities. Photo via

One of Michigan’s largest tourist attractions is counting down the days to its annual autumn-themed horticulture exhibit.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids will open its Chrysanthemums and More! Exhibition on Sept. 15.

This year’s theme is “shape and form” and the exhibit will feature floral displays, fall foliage and family-friendly activities through Oct. 29.

Special attention will be given to round forms, including ball, globe, daisy and button shapes, from “pompon” blooms as small as a dime to “spider” blooms measuring six inches or more in diameter.

“This celebration of the chrysanthemum and fall plantings at Meijer Gardens showcases thousands of colorful chrysanthemums,” said Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture. “With a focus on shape and form, we have an opportunity to highlight the variable chrysanthemum forms in interesting and unique ways, playfully repeating patterns and colors throughout the exhibition, which has become a beloved fall tradition for our visitors.”

The exhibit will span indoor and outdoor settings as well as the greenhouse.

Activities planned during the run of the show include the Herb & Gourd Fest, Fall Bonsai Show, Fall Family Day, Giant Pumpkins at Michigan’s Farm Garden, Mum Day and Hallowee-Ones.

More information about the exhibit, event dates and ticket prices is available online.

Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 158-acre botanical garden and sculpture park with several indoor galleries.

Founded in 1995, the destination serves 750,000 visitors annually. It features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; indoor galleries with changing sculpture exhibitions; the eight-acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1,900-seat outdoor concert amphitheater.

Art Newspaper, a leading publication on global art news, recently ranked Meijer Gardens among the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide.

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