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Community Connection

Volunteer Tribute Garden

The Volunteer Tribute Garden celebrates the spirit and emphasizes the importance of volunteerism—the foundation of Meijer Gardens’ stability, viability, and community connection. This gateway garden along the main access path to the outdoor grounds is a place of serenity, inspiration, beauty, and artistry.

Volunteer Garden

Highlights

Colorful seasonal plantings punctuate the garden entrance. Dozens of trees, shrubs, and perennials provide a rich tapestry of horticultural diversity. Built on a commitment to be 100% accessible, the pathway winds around and between architectural walls, past the picturesque pond, offering views of surrounding spaces. Special locations highlight tributes, donors and individuals honored as Volunteer of the Year.

Plant material to attract and sustain wildlife is incorporated into the landscape. The garden is an outdoor classroom and discovery space. A boardwalk and wetland overlook provide access to native emergent and prairie plantings and a pond habitat designed for reptile and amphibian diversity. Logs, branches, and stone slabs placed along the pond edges and below the surface provide habitat for turtles, frogs, newts, and other wetland creatures.

Anchoring the garden is The Tribute, by Oliviero Rainaldi, created to honor Fred & Lena Meijer and our dedicated volunteers. The sculpture’s exterior bronze panels poetically tell stories of a diverse group of guest experiences, as facilitated by knowledgeable volunteers; interior panels incorporate stories of place and the emotion of love. The central curve—the heart—is an idealized place where horticulture and sculpture converse.

The second structure brings viewers into a water scene, looking up at the sky through reeds, noticing an aerial Great Lakes view, looking down upon the Earth. Water has historically been symbolic of life, power, purity and strength. These elements together represent and pay tribute to Fred and Lena Meijer, West Michigan’s natural beauty, and the thousands of dedicated volunteers who have donated their time and talents to Meijer Gardens.

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