Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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The holidays are almost upon us.  One opportunity that will likely get you into the holiday spirit starts next week.  It’s the annual Metro Health Christmas and Holiday Traditions” held at Meijer Gardens, now in its 25th year.

“I love when we start to smell the cedar and decorations going up. It’s an exciting time of year. People walk through and they say, this smells just like Christmas.”

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has hired a new Curator of Sculpture and Exhibitions. Dr. Jochen Wierich comes to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with an extensive curatorial background. 

“For me to be here and to actually be involved as a curator and kind of shape the sculpture program is just kind of a dream."

Dr. Wierich is known for his work at the historic Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. He tells us its footprint with its sculpture trail is similar to the Meijer Gardens experience.

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Dr. Jochen Wierich comes to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with an extensive curatorial background. Dr. Wierich is known for his work at the historic Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. We talk with him about his vision for the future and what excites him about Frederik Meijer Gardens.

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An upcoming exhibition at Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park will celebrate the role of Fred Meijer as a patron of the arts.

"A National Treasure: Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy " opens Feb. 1. It's timed to commemorate the centenary of Fred Meijer's birth and runs through Aug. 25.

Fred Meijer, who built the Midwest retail powerhouse Meijer Inc., died in 2011 at age 91. His vision for Meijer Gardens helped shape the Grand Rapids attraction, which opened in 1995.

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An invitation-only Celebration of Life Service for Grand Rapids philanthropist and Amway co-founder, Rich DeVos, will take place Thursday, September 13th at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Today, the public was invited to a visitation at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel paying their respects.

“I first met Rich as a child. My parents were contemporaries with Rich and Helen.”

David Hooker is President and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park joined friends and well-wishers comforting the DeVos family at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrated its $115 million expansion project with a groundbreaking/kickoff.

A Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree ceremoniously extracted from the Meijer Gardens site where the new 60,000 square foot LEED certified Welcome Center will be constructed.

Twenty-two years ago when the gardens and sculpture park opened its 940 square feet admissions space was designed to greet 200,000 visitors a year. Since then the number of annual guests has more than tripled.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has announced the groundbreaking of a $115 million expansion project. Park officials say the first phase of the expansion began in September. The Grand Rapids attraction has hired New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects for the project. It includes a new welcome center, rooftop sculpture garden and picnic pavilion. 

Exhibition to highlight work of sculptors including Rodin

Aug 28, 2017

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will host the work of 17 contemporary figurative sculptors alongside that of influential French sculptor Auguste Rodin. "Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition" includes loans of several of Rodin's works from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

A fundraising dinner is being held this week in Grand Rapids to help Michigan's foster children go to college. The state says 13,000 kids are in foster care but less than 10 percent go to college after high school. A scholarship fund helps students who need money.

The dinner will be held Thursday night at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Admission is $100.

There will be a silent auction and raffles for Detroit Tigers tickets and tickets to a Michigan State-Notre Dame football game.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park annually generates more than $75 million in Kent County. WGVU breaks down the economic impact study with one of its authors from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

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