September at a glance

16-101XX_M&M_Facebook_2016_640x360_Mobile_1September, for many, marks the beginning of a new school year and here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park it marks the beginning of two major exhibitions.

  • Chrysanthemums and More!
    • 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.
    • September 16 – October 30th
  • Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus
    • Grand Rapids has nurtured a significant community of artists, locals and transplants alike. This exhibition invites these artists to reflect on their experiences with Grand Rapids as the conceptual foundation of new work. Cultural, social, environmental and aesthetic reflections connect a diverse number of works in a variety of materials, installations and forms. Gathered together, they provide a current framework for a place that for many is almost home.
    • September 16—December 31, 2016 (ArtPrize: Wednesday, September 21—Sunday, October 9)

  • Read & Explore: Art and Gardens Book Group
    • Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama as we discuss this novel in the tranquil and beautiful setting of The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. We’ll begin in the Zen-Style Garden and watch and listen as Dave Rettig, Lead Horticulturist, rakes a portion of it. Dave will share his insights into the importance of rocks, water and plants in a Japanese garden and we will read passages to spur discussion.
    • Sept  27th, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tree-mendous Kids’ Tram Tours
    • Board the Kids’ Tram for an engaging experience all about trees. Travel through the Sculpture Park, visit The Groves and come away with a new understanding of Michigan trees. Hop on and off at specific stops to participate in kid-friendly activities.
    • September 10 – October 29, Saturdays only at 11:45am, 1:15pm and 2:15pm


Hope to see you before October!

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