Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chihuly in Grand Rapids

This unusual blossom is one of many in the Tropical Conservatory at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The exhibit of glass works by Chihuly closes at the end of this month and we found a perfect sunny fall day to visit the many splendors of the gardens and this exhibit, called  A New Eden.  If you visit the home page of the Meijer Gardens you will see more Chihuly glass indoors and outdoors.  And you will also learn more about this 132 acre marriage of the Michigan Horticultural Society and the sculpture collection of Fred and Lena Meijer.   If you live anywhere near enough to make the trip, I urge you to do so. 

Those of you who live in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky or Ohio, you may have a Meijer store in your town.  Fred Meijer began in the grocery business in the 1930's with the aim of providing good food at thrifty prices (see the Meijer website for more information), and in the 1960's the stores were called Meijer Thrifty Acres.  Still based in Michigan, Meijer has provided its founder with the money and time to give us a most wonderful experience of nature and art.


  1. Never saw a Chihuly I didn't like. A new Meijer opened up here this year.

  2. I really like Chihuly! Thanks for sharing this one.