Revered through Japan as a symbol of happiness and longevity, the chrysanthemum is both visually captivating and culturally significant. You can see how in this year's Chrysanthemums and More exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens

The largest exhibition of its kind in Michigan, Chrysanthemums and more draws thousands of visitors from all over to see the endless varieties of mums on display.

This year's focus will be on the historical significance of the chrysanthemum to the Japanese people. In Japan, the mum is featured heavily in the annual Kiku Ningyo and Kiku Matsuri festival, which celebrate the mom with ornately adorned dolls and decorative displays. That same spirit will be present at Meijer Gardens' exhibit in honor of the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden.

A living wall of mums will adorn the entrance of the Lena Meijer Children's Garden, while the fall harvest is featured at the Michigan's Farm Garden. You can even enjoy an expanded seasonal menu at the Taste of the Gardens Cafe.

Weekend highlights throughout the time of the exhibit include the Herb and Gourd Fest (September 19-20), The Fall Bonsai Show (October 3-4), Family Fall Days (October 10-11), Giant Pumpkins at the Farm (October 17-18), and Sunday Mum Day (October 18).