The permanent collection of art, the landscaping and seasonal displays of flowers are reasons enough to spend time at one of Michigan’s treasures, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. Visit between now and the end of October and you’ll also be able to enjoy A New Eden, the special Meijer Gardens’ 15th anniversary exhibit featuring 15 installations by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Meijer Gardens is an indoor/outdoor complex for all ages. It was such a beautiful day I spent all of my time outside and skipped the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory on this trip—but I recommend allowing time for that, too.
TIP: Arrive when the gardens open (9 a.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon Sunday) to beat the crowds. When I left around noon there was quite a line at the admission desk.
Read all about this impressive destination at the Meijer Gardens website; I’ll just share some photos that I hope will encourage you to visit Grand Rapids—perhaps during ArtPrize, which runs September 22-October 10. More about that later.
Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is listed as one of the 30 “must see” art museums in the world. Dig it.
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