On a recent visit to Grand Rapids Michigan this summer I got to spend most of the day at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Our son loved the childrens' gardens and water feature of the great lakes for hours and we loved touring all of the features including all of the amazing sculptures, the Japanese Gardens which was my favourite and got lots of ideas to inspire me to use various colours and sculptures as art t in my own garden.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park use their over 150 acre canvas to create a masterpiece that melds stunning sculpture works and lush gardens both natural like the Kettle Pond to the perfectly manicured Zen Garden. I recommend taking the tram tour, it is about 45 mins, they have extremely knowledgeable, volunteer guides that take you on a riding tour of the beautiful Sculpture Park. On display are dozens of works by international artists, many are vast in scale and only a beautiful outdoor space could do them justice. Our favorites were the Neuron, the lithic Grand Rapids Arch and of course the regal American Horse.
Our young son loved the Children"s Garden with many interactive areas Like the Great Lakes water play, climbing the Treehouse Village, excavating in the Rock Quarry and you can check out the Farm House & Barn with live animals.
There is numerous indoor greenhouse, pavilions as well that house a huge variety of different fauna in a natural setting like the Tropical Conservatory, the Arid Garden with a vast array of cacti and other succulents, and the very popular Carnivorous Plant House!
The highlight for us was inspiring Japanese Garden, that seemingly whisks you away to another part of the world. It is painstakingly landscaped and took 3 years to create, every stone and plant meticulously placed. The grounds are so peaceful with a winding path that leads you through ponds, cultural artwork, waterfalls, and gazebos, a picturesque view at every turn.
Love the use of layering annuals such as the rusty red tone of the coleus, orange zinnias paired with trailing bright green potato vine and tall grasses layerred at the back.