We went there at the invitation of friends John and Judy. We met them a month ago when they were here in Haas Lake Park RV campground. Both grew up near Grand Rapids and recently sold their home there (and are on their way to becoming full-timers).
Meijer Gardens is named after its largest benefactor and local billionaire grocer Frederik Meijer. He has a chain of regional stores that have done exceptionally well. In 1995 the Gardens opened on the 132 acres of land that was donated by Meijer. It is now the 2nd largest tourist attraction in Michigan.
We started out with a brief introduction with a volunteer docent.
Dale Chihuly were on display. His creations on loan to Meijer Gardens.
Some of these reminded us of colored Hershey kisses.
Here is a sculpture made of polyvitro, which is a polymer plastic that is lighter than glass. Chihuly developed it to create very large pieces which are blown and shaped in a similar procedure to blown glass.
All in all, if was a very fascinating time. I normally am not that much interested in horticulture, arboreums and such, but it was a great time.
The Chihuly displays were amazing and we could have picked up a nice small one for only $6500.
If you are ever in the area and can stop by to see the Meijer Gardens I highly recommend it!
That is about all I want to show for today, tomorrow I'll put have some more on the rest of our great time with John and Judy in Grand Rapids.
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