Frederik Meijer Gardens

Thanks to our friends' wedding, I found myself in Grand Rapids this July. I'd never been to the city before but wow is it packed with cultural options! With extra time to spare on our way there, we opted for the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Art and flowers? A perfect match, in my opinion.

You're greeted by a large modern building, something you might expect to find nestled in a desert cliff promising a cool space away from the sun. Walk inside, grab your tickets and wind your way back past the themed greenhouses and back outdoors into the garden.

Victorian Greenhouse

The grounds are quite expansive, but the full loop is about 1.5miles, so it doesn't take too long to complete. If you're pressed for time, confirm which sculptures you want to see most and plot a path that will take you by them. We turned to the left and worked our way along the main loop, clockwise.

Neuron, Roxy Paine, 2010

Eve, Auguste Rodin, 1920

Woman and Bird, Joan Miró, 1967

Emma Sail, Anthony Caro, 1984

Standing Woman, Ossip Zadkine, 1967

Disk in the Form of a Desert Rose, Arnaldo Pomodoro, 2000

The American Horse, Nina Akamu, 1999

Julia, Keith Haring, 1987

Two Indeterminate Lines, Brenar Venet, 2008

Scarlatti, Mark di Suvero, 2000

King and Queen, David Nash, 2008

Grand Rapids Arch, Andy Goldsworthy, 2005

I highly recommend the Japanese Garden. Lovely, calming, and in a world unto its own — you'll be glad you took a moment to walk these paths.

Four Open Squares, George Rickey, 1984

Every section has been thoughtfully planned and landscaped, whether manicured to perfection or flowers that have been left to run wild in fields.

With good weather, it's the perfect thing to do in Grand Rapids!

4 thoughts on “Frederik Meijer Gardens”

  1. Thanks. Quite a few artists I have seen paintings but not necessarily their sculpture, so this was great.

    The Pomodoro looks like quite something!

  2. We love sculpture gardens. The Pomodoro sculpture is my favorite as well. Not sure we will ever get to Grand Rapids so thanks for sharing. Robert would especially enjoy it.

    1. A great cultural experience if you want to be outdoors and also like picking your own path/deciding how much time you want to spend there 🙂
      Glad to share so you can experience it virtually!

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