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Chrysanthemums and More in Michigan

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Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MichiganThe Chrysanthemums and More exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park,1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, features a celebration of all things fall today through October 28 2018.

This year’s focus will be on “Growing Local”, highlighting the local growers, farms, food, and drink featured at Meijer Gardens.

Look for decorative, spoon, cushion, and quill chrysanthemums, with “pompon” blooms as small as a nickel to showy “spider” blooms measuring six inches or more in diameter.

“Our theme this year is remarkable way to showcase many of the local suppliers that we work with throughout the year who provide us with thousands of colorful chrysanthemums, gourds, pumpkins and other ornamental items,” explained Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture.

Upon entering the Seasonal Display Greenhouse, a floor-to-ceiling chrysanthemum display will unfold as a focal point. Presentations of 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.

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MichiganOutdoors, expansive beds of chrysanthemums will be arranged in large sweeps of color and will be balanced by a variety of ornamental plantings.

Mum Day — October 14 — will give visitors a chance to take a walking tour between 1 and 4 p.m. led by horticulture staff, watch informational demonstrations, and learn more about the chrysanthemum.

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

The 158-acre main campus of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 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; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater.

(Photos courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens)

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