Thursday, October 28, 2010


Strolling through the 132 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and display gardens that comprise Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is always a magical experience, but when you add the whimsical pieces of world renowned artist Dale Chihuly, one can't help but feel they fell down the rabbit hole. Delicate spikes, orbs, and discs appear as exotic plant species throughout the property, often in unexpected places. The full color spectrum is displayed at the waterfall while lily pads and cobalt spheres litter the tropical conservatory's landscape. While exploring on a recent fall day, I wouldn't have been surprised if some small, mythical creature emerged from the altered environments. This coming weekend is the last to enjoy the 15 displays of spectacular glass creations, each amplifying the natural beauty of its surroundings.

The Meijer Gardens are simply enchanting year round. Its tireless staff and network of volunteers are committed to bring West Michigan creative programming framing the unique features of each of our four distinct seasons. ColorFall is also ending this weekend, but slated next on the calendar is crowd-favorite Holiday Traditions from Around the World, featuring 40 bedazzling trees, each decorated in a different country’s tradition.

The Gardens are just around the corner from the WMTA HQ, so I have been blessed to enjoy the variety offered by the seasonal calendar. WMTA wants to be sure that you experience one of the “Top 30 Must-See Museums in the World” (as ranked by Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die) as well, so…

We’re giving away a family four-pack of tickets for the Frederik Meijer Gardens! 

Either here or on our Facebook page, tell us what your favorite season in West Michigan is and why, and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll pick the winner next Friday, November 5. (I can’t believe it’s already November!) Good luck to you all!

High five,



Ashley S said...

We prefer summer - the abundance of diverse activities and beautiful scenery - mixed with the amazing weather of West Michigan - so many community events and an awesome spirit of fun!

Anonymous said...

Autumn is short and sweet, but Springtime lasts a little longer so my choice is made, Summer it is! No, wait, make that Winter!

luke and pamela said...

I love springtime in Michigan... the cold weather is behind us, new life is springing up everywhere, and neighbors come out of their houses and onto their porches. gardening begins and layers of clothing come off. plus, you have a long summer and beautiful fall to look forward to in the coming months.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE summer in all of Michigan, but especially West Michigan. My husband and I are sailors and we take great joy in sailing the great lakes. Lake Michigan and Lake Muskegon and Grand Traverse Bay are some of our favorite destinations. When we sail, we always camp at one of the many campgrounds in Michigan.

neen said...

Fall is the BEST in Michigan! Love getting into my sweaters and sweatshirts and hiking the parks.