Meijer Gardens

Grand Rapids,  Michigan

The Meijers run a very successful chain of grocery stores in the midwest of the United States.  This property was to have been used for a new supermarket but the local town fathers denied the building permit for this location.  So the land was donated to a trust and these gardens were built.

I can usually take or leave (mostly leave) this sort of thing but my wife puts up with endless machine shows so it only seems fair to visit places that she likes along the way. 


DSC00976x.JPG (106271 bytes)  DSC00977x.JPG (312929 bytes) DSC00981x.JPG (173414 bytes)  These beautiful supports that evoke the image of trees were cast in forms on the ground (on site) and lifted into position by crane.

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DSC00990x.JPG (189148 bytes) Meijer_2.jpg (161494 bytes)  Errol and Terri Groff

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Meijer_3.jpg (137276 bytes)  Butterfly_Wrangler.jpg (86470 bytes)  Butterflies are imported fro many sources.  They are received in their chrysalis form and allowed to hatch.  A butterfly wrangler captures them for release into the main area.  T. Groff photos

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DSC01016x.JPG (78180 bytes)  The dome on the right covers the stage of the outdoor amphitheater

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