Following our wonderful excursions in Northern Michigan, we drove to Grand Rapids to visit the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (http://www.meijergardens.org/). Many moons ago, Sandy Clinton, while working with OVSLA in Washington, DC, worked on the overall landscape master plan for these gardens. Fast forward more than twenty-five years and there's no way we could have imagined just how wonderful a place the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park would become.
"The Gardens opened to the public in April of 1995. One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and boardwalk; One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, sculpture galleries and permanent sculpture collection; library; café; gift shop; classrooms; and meeting rooms. Since it opened, Meijer Gardens has attracted more than ten million visitors."
We strongly recommend an extended visit to the Frederick Meijer Gardens, and send us your favorite images from there. It's a wonderful experience and we are grateful to the Director of Horticulture, Steve LaWarre, for the in-depth behind the scenes tour of the conservatory and support buildings, and a wonderful understanding of the process of such a large botanic garden. Just great!