#FMGColor Photo Contest

Autumn brings new color and beauty to Meijer Gardens. As the colors change, we want you to capture them!

#FMGColorStarting today through October 31, take pictures of fall beauty at Meijer Gardens and post on Instagram or Twitter (Twitpic) using the hashtag #FMGColor to enter to win admission tickets or tram ride tickets. We’ll randomly select and announce a winner on November 1. Happy Hashtagging!


Behind-the-Scenes Peek at “Chrysanthemums and More!”

2,438 indoor chrysanthemums. 45 days. 19 mum variations.

Celebrate autumn with Meijer Gardens during Chrysanthemums & More!, a newly redesigned horticulture exhibition opening tomorrow through October 28! The exhibition features thousands of Chrysanthemums and days filled with fall-themed family activities, horticulture demonstrations, plant shows and more.

The largest of its kind in Michigan, the exhibition continues to grow with more brilliant fall colors, as bold ribbons of yellow are woven throughout the facility and outside. Don’t miss out on the focal point – Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse with its wall of chrysanthemums!

The Meijer Gardens horticulture staff has been working hard to prepare and install this beautiful exhibition over the last week using these flowering fall favorites. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at just one of its elements – what goes into making the Seasonal Display Greenhouse come to life with fall color.

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See the stunning finished product for yourself starting tomorrow!

About the indoor chrysanthemum portion:

  • 19 variations of chrysanthemums used
  • 2,438 mums needed for indoor displays
  • 8 days of installation and set-up
  • 50+ chrysanthemum spheres created

Come see what autumn has is store during Chrysanthemums and More! through October 28. From Mum Day to Hallowee-ones, there’s something for everyone this fall.

Mum Fun Fact: Indoor and florist mum varieties are typically named after cities. Outdoor garden mums are typically named after people.

Event Recap: The Connection’s Hobnobs & Hops

Guest blog post by Laura McPhail
Laura is the owner of The Hideout Brewery. She is a member of The Connection’s Steering Committee and has been a member since its inception.

Laura at The Connection's "Go Green" event last year

 At the Hobnob & Hops Connection event, Wednesday, October 13, my husband, Ken and I got to enjoy the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in an intimate setting.  The farmhouse and the barn with music by Gabe Lundy drifting through the air was the perfect backdrop for an absolutely enjoyable evening.

After grabbing a caramel apple made by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and some delicious Michigan wine it was time to meet some new people.  The “Minute to Win It” games were the perfect opportunity to meet many of the guests, share a laugh and discover some new skills.  Who know you could actually stack 5 apples?

We also got the chance to venture out into the chilly night for an afterhours sculpture tour.  A small, but jovial group of us had a great time on the tram with our tour guide.  We even learned a little something about art!  The nice surprise is that I got to meet new Connection members that had just signed up that night.  After winding down and heading home I realized how much I look forward to seeing them again at the next event in December.

Mark your calendar for “Be Merry & Mingle at Meijer Gardens” on Thursday, December 16, 6-9 PM.