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Spring

Spring at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a celebration of rejuvenation and natural beauty. As the frost thaws and blooms begin to unfold, visitors experience a diverse array of flowers and plants coming to life in our meticulously cared-for gardens. From the vibrant tulips heralding the start of the season to the delicate cherry blossoms gracing our grounds, each visit offers a unique encounter with nature’s awakening. Meijer Gardens provides an immersive spring experience, combining art and horticulture in a serene environment. Engage in educational programs or simply stroll through the outdoor Sculpture Park and themed gardens to witness the spectacular transformation of spring.

Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park this spring for a refreshing and inspiring journey through one of Michigan’s most treasured natural attractions.

spring at Meijer gardens

Highlights

Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are blooming

Friday, March 1 through Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Sunshine, seedtime, Earth awakens from its long winter slumber. Stretch your winter-weary wings and let your spirit take flight as we Soar Into Spring. 

And just like that, it’s time again for Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming. Join us for the 29th year of this highly anticipated annual exhibition as we celebrate the diverse beauty of butterfly wings and the unique loveliness of lepidopteran flight.  

This year, the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the United States welcomes more than 60 species of butterflies and moths from the three tropical zonesAfrica, Asia, and Central and South Americato the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. 

Sculpture Exhibition

Paul Villinski: Flight Patterns

March 29 through August 18, 2024

The art of Paul Villinski explores the dynamic aerial realm and various notions of “flight”—literal and metaphorical. A licensed pilot, Villinski gives form to assorted airborne bodies, including butterflies, birds, airplanes and aspiring humans. To create his sculptural work, Villinski enlists a range of found materials: aluminum cans become flocks of patterned butterflies; used knives transform into feathered wings; old vinyl LPs morph into songbirds. These discarded objects are reborn in works that honor their past lives while compounding their identity to address serious subjects such as addiction and environmentalism. A highlight of the exhibition is a scaled-down World War II B25 bomber airplane suspended from the ceiling. In Villinski’s hands, this vessel of destruction is transformed into a vehicle of hope: Instead of bombs it drops food and brings attention to the widespread condition of food scarcity. 

Paul Villinski. Gyre, 2017. Aluminum (found cans), wire, Flashe. 80” x 80”x 9”

Sculpture Exhibition

Jennifer Angus: Flying Jewels & Other Lofty Insects

March 29 through August 18, 2024

Insects are the prime medium of internationally exhibited artist Jennifer Angus. Composing the small creatures into kaleidoscopic room installations, Angus highlights our mixed relationship with these ubiquitous beings. With insects pinned directly to walls in repeating patterns that reference both textiles and wallpaper, Angus’ installations speak to ideas of domestic comfort and the unseen world of dust mites, germs, and bacteria. The jewel-like quality of insects is showcased in shimmering bell jar tableaux and in glowing jelly jars set in windows with the effect of stained glass. Through such reverent—even holy—presentations, the vital and threatened insect population is given its proper due. Angus’ recent work has drawn inspiration from the Victorian era and is fueled by her fascination with the multifaceted nature of insects that are at once exotic, grotesque, and enchanting. Her original installation for Meijer Gardens takes the iridescent green wings of the “Jewel Beetle” as her aesthetic departure point.

Jennifer Angus. Wonder, 2023. Shadow Box, insects.

Master lecture series: Secchia garden lecture

Cultivating Place: A Garden Culture of Care with Jennifer Jewell

March 26, 2024 at 7 pm

We are excited to welcome Jennifer Jewell to Meijer Gardens for the 2024 Secchia Garden Lecture. Jewell is an interviewer, writer, and regular keynote speaker at national gardening conventions. She is the creator and host of the national award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden, which has several times been recognized by Garden Communicators International as Best On-Air Talent and Best Overall Broadcast Media. In 2023, Jewell was honored with the American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardener B.Y. Morrison Award. Jewell’s greatest passion is elevating the way we think and talk about gardening, the empowerment of gardeners, and the possibility inherent in the intersection between places, environments, cultures, individuals, and the gardens that bring them together beautifully—for the better of all lives on this generous planet.

In her presentation, Jewell will explore the philosophy of Cultivating Place and walk you through the power of gardens and gardeners as exemplified by the subjects of her podcast. The Earth in Her Hands and What We Sow will be available for sale in the DeVos-Keeler Gift Shop. A book signing with the author will immediately follow the lecture.

This annual lecture is made possible by the generosity of the Secchia family. Captioning and Spanish translation services will be provided for the lecture. Please direct questions to Eve Boyer: [email protected] or 616-975-3145.

Onsite attendance to the Master Lecture Series is complimentary, though registration is required. Registration for onsite attendance opens on February 1, online. This lecture will be live-streamed via Meijer Gardens’ YouTube channel, and a recording will be available on our website to all for two weeks following the lecture.

Spring Classes & Camps

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore, and Meijer Gardens has something for everyone with their wide variety of spring classes and camps.

Great Gardens Party presented by northern trust

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Great Gardens Party Presented by Northern Trust is Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s signature spring fundraising event. It features live and silent auctions for exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences and other fun ways to support the Meijer Gardens mission. Join us for an artfully curated evening complete with delicious cocktails and gourmet dining. Proceeds from this event help fund Meijer Gardens activities, events, and facilities you know and enjoy—sculpture and horticulture exhibitions, lectures, programming, and more. Stay tuned for more details.

Meijer Gardens Michigan All-State Bonsai Show | American Bonsai Society Bonsai in the Garden Learning Seminars

May 10 - 11, 9 am - 5 pm, May 12, 11 am - 5 pm

Fee: Bonsai Show admission is complimentary. Advance registration is required for Bonsai in the Garden Learning Seminars.

This year’s Bonsai Show will be larger, more inspiring, and more exciting than ever before! The American Bonsai Society joins us to present Bonsai in the Garden Learning Seminars during our show. This national gathering will attract bonsai artists, enthusiasts and some of the nation’s top presenters. Many stunning bonsai will be displayed in the Huizenga Grand Room, Friday through Sunday. On Friday only: A New-Talent Contest will feature a special display by emerging bonsai artists. 

A large selection of bonsai trees and pots and an assortment of bonsai soils, fertilizers, tools, books, and wire will be available for purchase from vendors coming from across the country. Free demonstrations will be led by bonsai artists, including this year’s internationally renowned and National Bonsai Award-winning Bonsai Show guest artist, Suthin Sukosolvisit, who will demonstrate pruning, wiring, and other styling techniques. Thailand-born Suthin has extensive experience with tropical bonsai and expertise in Japanese maple, juniper, azalea, plack pine, and much more. He will teach a Bring Your Own Tree workshop during the show. Additional workshops, designed for all skill levels, are available during the weekend. A variety of Meijer Gardens workshops will be offered on Sunday. Register Early, as workshops fill quickly!

For more information and to register for the Friday and Saturday Bonsai in the Garden Learning Seminars—featuring 20 sessions, 16 workshops, demonstrations, and a banquet with guest artists Suthin Sukosolvisit, Jack Sustic, and Hugo Zamora—please visit www.americanbonsaisociety.org

Spring events & programming

The sights and sounds

of spring

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 maintentance

Please note: The Curiosity Courtyard will be closed for maintenance between January 29 and February 7. We apologize for the inconvenience.

weather update

As of Monday, January 15, guests can enjoy our indoor galleries and gardens as well as limited outdoor pathways. Our team is actively working to clear additional pathways. 

Change of hours notice

In appreciation of our staff’s unwavering dedication and hard work throughout the year, we will close at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, to celebrate. Guests can enjoy Meijer Gardens from 9 am – 5 pm. 

We wish you a joyful New Year! 

Change of hours notice

In appreciation of our staff’s unwavering dedication and hard work throughout the year, we will close at 5 pm tonight (Tuesday, January 16, 2024), to celebrate. Guests can enjoy Meijer Gardens from 9 am – 5 pm. 

We wish you a joyful New Year! 

Holiday Hours

We are closed on December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1. 

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended holiday hours until 9 pm on December 18-22 and 26-30.

Extended Member Early Hours

Members can enjoy early morning hours on Sundays 9-11 am from November 26 through January 7.

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