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500+ Species from Five Continents

Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory

The five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, the largest of its kind in Michigan, features tranquil waterfalls and streams winding around lush vegetation. From the massive Bismarck Palm, a native of Madagascar, to the fragrant Orange Jessamin, a native of the tropical Americas, visitors will find plants from tropical habitats all over the world. Each March and April, the conservatory is home to the largest tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Thousands of butterflies, imported as chrysalises from Africa, Asia, and South and Central America, fly freely within the conservatory.

Tropical Conservatory

Highlights

Orchid Wall

The Leonard and Dora Rosenzweig Orchid Wall—a favorite destination in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory—features flora from Meijer Gardens’ 3,500-piece, always-changing orchid collection.

Cacao Trees

In the center island of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, several cacao (chocolate) trees grow. Look for their thin brown branches and light-green long, narrow leaves that often hang straight down. The cacao tree has small white flowers that develop into orange fruit, which is where the raw ingredient for chocolate comes from.

The Pandan

A vase-shaped plant, the Pandan has giant leaves that can reach up to 20 feet long.

Tropical Birds

All birds in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory are native to the tropics and were raised in captivity. These birds include the Northern Red Bishop, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu Finch, Chinese Painted Quail and Canary, among others.

Learn more about the tropical bird collection.

Breadfruit Tree

This tree, which grows in the far northwest corner of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, has large emerald-green leaves and a smooth, grey, sinewy trunk. Breadfruit is grown and eaten throughout the tropics.

Crown Gum Tree

In the lush environment of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory grows the Crown Gum (sapodilla) tree, with glossy, dark-green oval leaves. This tree is famous for its white gummy sap called chicle, the origin of chewing gum.

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