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Plants Specially Adapted to Survive in Some of the Driest Environments

Earl & Donnalee Holton Arid Garden

The Arid Garden brings together cacti, agave, succulents and other desert plants from around the world. The stone arch divides the plant collection: One side holds arid plants from the Americas and Australia, while the other features those found in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. From the golden barrel cactus to the cow-horn Euphorbia, discover flora that can survive in the most barren climates on the planet.

Arid Garden

Highlights

Adobe-Style Display

Succulents and living stones are arranged on an adobe-style display in the Arid Garden.

Trotting Javelina

Irvin Burkee studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later taught at the University of Colorado. He experimented with many different media, among them marble, sculpture, metal work, printmaking with unique techniques and jewelry-making. Burkee received many awards and grants for his work. Trotting Javelina is one of the artist’s bronze sculptures; this one was cast in 2000.

Irvin Burkee. Trotting Javelina, 1972, cast 2000. Bronze, 16.5 x 12.5 x 19 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. ©Irvin Burkee

Five Meerkats

Five Meerkats is located in the Arid Garden. Meerkats, native to South Africa, live in extended family groups. These five, the work of artist Tom Hillis, are standing tall and alert. This is one of the earliest pieces Fred Meijer acquired.

Tom Hillis. Five Meerkats, 1996. Bronze, 15 x 22 x 31 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer.

Barrel Cacti

Found in the southwest deserts of North America, barrel cacti produce dry, bitter pineapple-shaped fruits. Barrel cacti can grow up to 10 feet tall in their native habitat. The spines on a barrel cactus are extremely sharp and hazardous; if one punctures human skin, antibiotics may be needed and the wound may heal extremely slowly.

HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

CONTACT US

scheduled grounds maintenance

On Tuesday, April 16, the Treehouse Village and Woodland Boardwalk in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden will be closed due to tree removal for the safety of our guests. Thank you for your understanding. 

Garden closures

Please note: The Harvey Lemmen Sculpture Gallery in the Sculpture Park will be closed May 20-21 for scheduled tree work. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE