Explore art and nature at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park | Lifestyles

Emilee Geist

The Michigan’s Farm Garden focuses on gardening and horticulture as it would have appeared in the era of the Great Depression. The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden gives kids an opportunity to expend some energy and use their imaginations to follow animal tracks, follow a butterfly maze and sit in a […]

The Michigan’s Farm Garden focuses on gardening and horticulture as it would have appeared in the era of the Great Depression. The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden gives kids an opportunity to expend some energy and use their imaginations to follow animal tracks, follow a butterfly maze and sit in a giant bird’s nest. A favorite location of visitors is the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, opened in 2015, with an inviting, tranquil design full of beauty at every turn. The visuals include waterfalls, a zen-style garden of dry rock surrounding large boulders that sit near a bonsai display and paths lined with Japanese maples. There’s much more to see outdoors among the manicured acres and water features.

If you happen to stop on a day when the weather may be chilly or rainy, you’ll also find some amazing indoors areas to be explored, among them the Earl and Donnalee Holton Arid Garden with a collection of plants that can be found in the world’s driest environments and the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory with over 500 species from five countries set along waterfalls, streams and bridges.

You can also shop for one of a kind items in the DeVos-Keeler Gift Shop and grab a bite to eat and a craft beer in the sunny Balk Cafe adorned with blown glass art that hangs from the ceiling. Although the venue is an ideal place for a spring or summer outing, the indoor and outdoor gardens are open year round. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.

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