Located in Grand Rapids, MI, this lovely place promotes gardens, sculpture, the natural environment and the arts.
This year I promised blog readers visits to some of the outstanding museum-type experiences available in MI. Last month my son and I visited Frankenmuth. For April, I offer some of the sights from Meijer Gardens. My time at the gardens was limited due to the conference I am attending, but here’s a tiny taste of spring beauty with gardens of flowers between and betwixt the sculptures.
Near the entrance, after a long walk from a far parking lot, this marching band by Stuart Padnos crafted of painted metals stopped me in my tracks.
In the bulb garden daffodils and tulips soothed my soul. I was so pleased seeing the spring flowers I found it hard to wrench my eyes upward and take in the art of sculpture. It reigns there as it does everywhere at this place.
Hoping the butterfly court would empty somewhat and lines would shorten, I walked a bit of the way outside. The morning was warm with sunshine. Here I saw some of the large pieces. The circle of children and the large horse are my favorites, at least in his part of the park.
The color of this cactus surprised me – so red. I didn’t know it was a stoplight warning me I would not see butterflies today.
Soon, I had a greater surprise than the color of the cactus. Crowds of small children with caretakers overfilled the butterfly pavilion spaces, and long lines to enter and see the colorful butterflies easily convinced me I would not breathe their brilliance today.
It will not surprise you that since I missed the butterflies, I bought a book. “The Story of Chester” by Susie Vanderlip makes me smile. I imagine showing it to my granddaughters. One already likes butterflies and soon I expect the little one will like them too.
Find more information at MeijerGardens.org
I’ll be back in a few months, and next year I’ll try again to see the butterflies.