Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Photos by Lisa & Robert Murphy

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened in April 1995 after 13 years of planning and fundraising by the West Michigan Horticultural Society. In 1990, Fred & Lena Meijer were asked by Betsy Borre for their support, and they embraced the concept of a major cultural attraction centering around horticulture & sculpture. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination in the Midwest, known internationally for the quality of the art and gardens.

During the weekend of October 14 to 16th my nephew, Robert, and his wife, Lisa, had a short holiday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They enjoyed several special events and spent a day at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Thank you Robert and Lisa for sharing your photos from your visit to the Meijer Gardens. Let’s start with inside art.

Now let’s go to to the Conservatory.

I love the landscaping and flower walls.

The above Meerkat statues are so cute.

Below is my nephew who is between 6′ 5″ and 6′ 6″. Lisa wanted to show how tall the cactus is.

Now let’s take a walk through the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park integrates the experience of striking gardens with fine art. Emphasized are horticultural displays showcasing a beautiful array of plants appropriate for the Midwest and specialized plants from regions around the world. Presentations range from planned and manicured to natural and native, changing colors and views with the seasons.

Below Lisa stands under Nina Akamu’s equine masterpiece based on Leonardo da Vinci’s horse. The size was a project to help the visually impaired enjoy art.

I love the landscaping around Rodin’s The Kiss.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

31 thoughts to “Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park”

  1. I was amazed with all the things that were shown especially the Nina Akamu’s equine masterpiece. My God how large it was. It was quite a show. Thanks Carol and thank you for your nephew, Robert, and his wife, Lisa.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. I’m lucky that my family shares their photos. They take such beautiful ones. Isn’t that horse amazing?

  2. Meijer Gardens are one of Michigan’s gems and these photos really do show them off well. I love the butterfly house and the Chihuly but really, it’s all splendid!

    1. I’ve never been there but I enjoy taking a tour with the photos – everything is so beautiful. I love public outside statues and this seems to be the ultimate experience. I hope you have a great day!

  3. These are such lovely photos! I love how the gardens and sculptures really seem to flow into and from one another.

  4. I am awed by all the beautiful art works ~ inside and outside ~ Such beauty in one place ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. What a gorgeous place. I could not choose a favorite picture because all of the sculptures are simply gorgeous as are the gardens. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing at #aclwcc. Hugs.

  6. So different from when I was there a few years ago!! Love Chihuly’s pieces, a favourite of mine.
    Also nice to see the Plensa sculptures. We have one here in Toronto and I have seen his work in several cities.

  7. Amazing park Carol. So many lovely sculptures and gardens to admire. We saw Chihuly’s at Seattle recently . I am pleasured to feature your lovely post at Love Your Creativity on Sunday.

  8. I am glad you visited this beautiful sculpture themed park. The Halloween themed floral arrangement looks pretty. Thanks for sharing with Garden affair.

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