Four Ways to Prepare for the Online Members-Only Presale

It’s here. The 2014 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens lineup has been released! There is a mix of performers, from reggae and folk to funk and jazz, to enjoy this June through September in the outdoor Amphitheater.

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As the members-only presale on Saturday, April 26 at 9 am draws closer, we want to make sure members are prepared for the online sale*. For the best selection, we recommend purchasing tickets online at StarTickets.com. We worked with Star Tickets to make this process more efficient and easier than in years past since concerts continue to sell quickly online.

We want you to be best equipped to get the tickets you want, so here are four ways to prepare for the online member presale:

  1.     Renew Your Membership or Become a Member

Along with experiencing the beauty of Meijer Gardens year-round, two of the many membership perks includes discounted concert tickets and first dibs during the member presale. If you’re not already a member, we suggest becoming one ASAP prior to the presale. This also applies to membership renewal.

Learn more about the different membership choices or renew online by clicking on renew in your membership category.

  1.     Find and Write Down Your Member ID Number

After becoming a member or renewing, you’ll be emailed a member ID number. Jot down the number or keep your card on hand for the day of the presale. Below is where your ID number is located if you have a card.

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This number is very important! It will need to be entered during the ticket buying process on StarTickets.com in order to receive access the presale and the price discount per ticket.

If you’re a member and have lost your ID card or don’t know your number, please email membership@meijergardens.org in advance of the presale or log into your member account to find it. Due to the volume of questions received the day of the presale, it’s best to plan ahead and know your ID number.

  1.     Create a Star Tickets account

Another important step to prepare is creating an account on the Star Tickets website. This is different than your Meijer Gardens login. Your Star Tickets login information is only used on Startickets.com as your concert-buying account. If you already have an account, you do not need to create a new one. BUT be sure you know your password and have updated credit card and account information before the sale.

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Creating a Star Tickets login before the member presale will cut down on time the morning of the sale.

  1.     Know Your Concerts Beforehand

The entire concert schedule has been released. Make a list of your favorites and prepare to jump when we open the sale at 9 am on StarTickets.com.

If you wish to purchase tickets to multiple shows, at the end of each concert selection, pick “Add Another Event” at the bottom of the page and repeat the process. When you’re done purchasing all of your tickets, only then select Continue to check out.

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Currently, we allow our members to purchase tickets to multiple shows without a set limit, but please note, we do monitor for signs of resale if large quantities of tickets are purchased per show. This has not been an issue in the past and we continue to take note of your concerns about this issue each year.

We hope this helps in the ticket buying process during both the members-only presale and public sales.

Still looking for more info? We’ve created an Insider’s Guide to buying concert tickets and concert FAQs. Check it out! Please comment below if you have any concert ticket or membership questions.

*Please be aware fees are associated with purchasing tickets online as compared to in-person at Meijer Gardens.

 

Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens 2014 Lineup

It’s here! The 2014 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens full lineup is finally here.

We are excited to announce another year of great summer tunes that include 90s vibes from the Barenaked Ladies, CAKE and Counting Crows; new stars like John Legend, Tegan and Sara and Ray LaMontagne; and revered acts like Santana, The Moody Blues and The Beach Boys.

Check out the full lineup below and mark your calendar with your favorite concerts! As you’re browsing, listen to this Spotify playlist of the top hits from all our summer artists.

JUNE

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Sunday, June 1
$150 Presale | $153 Member | $155 Public
For more than 40 years, Santana has brought Latin-infused music to the forefront. The band, based around lead guitarist Carlos Santana, has won ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards to date. Their hit songs include: “Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas),” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” and “Evil Ways.”

Jason_BLOGJason Isbell with James McMurtry
Wednesday, June 11
$29 Presale | $32 Member | $34 Public
Jason Isbell pursued a solo career in 2007 after spending six years with Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. With four studio albums and one live recording, this newest record, Southeastern, brings Isbell’s southern outlook and careful songwriting to the forefront.

CAKE_BLOGCAKE
Thursday, June 12
$47 Presale | $50 Member | $52 Public
Hailing from Sacramento, California, CAKE has produced six studio albums over their reign as an alternative rock band with deadpan lead vocals and sarcastic lyrics. Formed in 1994, their most successful songs appearing on modern rock charts include, “Never There,” “Short Skirt, Long Jacket,” and “Love You Madly.” 

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John Legend
Wednesday, June 18
$75 Presale | $78 Member | $80 Public
With the hit single “All of Me” and a fourth solo album, Love in the Future, R&B/soul pianist John Legend continues to make a lasting impression on the music industry. His song “All of Me” has peaked at #1 on the iTunes charts and #4 on Billboard already this year and was performed during the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Thursday, June 19
$54 Presale | $57 Member | $59 Public
In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band—the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi—has taken its musical mix to audiences across the globe. Driven by Trucks’ signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi’s voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers a blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock.

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NEEDTOBREATHE
Saturday, June 21
$35 Presale | $38 Member | $40 Public
Alternative rock band, NeedToBreathe is composed of brothers, Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart with Seth Bolt. From South Carolina, the band has released four studio albums, with hits like, “Washed by the Water,” “Something Beautiful,” and “Keep your eyes open.” Rivers in the Wasteland will be released on April 15, 2014.

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O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips
Monday, June 23
$65 Presale | $68 Member | $70 Public
Short for “Of A Revolution,” news of their songs, “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker,” “City on Down” and “Night Shift” spread by word of mouth. One of last year’s biggest singles, “Home,” catapulted Phillip Phillips, winner of American Idol season 11, into the spotlight once again.

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Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Thursday, June 26
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Ben Harper plays a mix of worldbeat, folk, soul, blues and rock and is known for this guitar-playing skills and performances. Mississippi born Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. Harper and Musselwhite teamed up for the 2013 release of Get Up! 

TeganSara_BLOGTegan and Sara
Saturday, June 28
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
Tegan and Sara released their 7th studio album, Heartthrob, in 2012, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to date. They are known for their songs “Walking With A Ghost” (covered by The White Stripes), “Closer,” and recently, “Everything is AWESOME” from the LEGO Movie. 

JULY

Ziggy_BLOGZiggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Wednesday, July 2
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
A six-time Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to critical acclaim.The group has forged a sound that incorporates contemporary musical forms with a mix of reggae sensibility and created hits such as, “Tomorrow People,” “Tumblin’ Down” and “Everyone Wants to Be.

Yonder,RRE_BLOGYonder Mountain String Band & Railroad Earth
Sunday, July 6
$38 Presale | $41 Member | $43 Public
The Colorado-based foursome, Yonder Mountain String Band has crisscrossed the country over the past 11 years playing festivals, rock clubs and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Uncommon for the bluegrass genre, Railroad Earth uses drums and amplifiers to create a sound of their own.

NickelCreek_BLOGNickel Creek
Wednesday, July 9
$48 Presale | $51 Member | $53 Public
The band has been on hiatus since 2007 and this year begins their next chapter of touring with a new album, A Dotted Line, out in April. Violinist Sara Watkins, mandolinist/banjo/bouzouki player Chris Thile, and guitarist Sean Watkins boast musical elements of classical, jazz, rock and alternative with progressive bluegrass influences.

Jackson_BLOGJackson Browne
Sunday, July 13
$65 Presale | $68 Member | $70 Public
Jackson Browne has released 13 studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange, features David Lindley. His hit songs include “Running on Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Doctor My Eyes.”

 

DeGraw_Nathanson_BLOGGavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson
Monday, July 14
$65 Presale | $68 Member | $70 Public
Gavin DeGraw is known for hits like: “Chariot, “In Love With A Girl, “Not Over You,” and “I Don’t Want To Be.” Along with his music, he’s performed on American Idol and was a contestant on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars. Matt Nathanson is known for his blend of rock and folk music, as shown in the platinum-selling song, “Come on Get Higher,” and also hits like, “Car Crash,” and “All We Are.”

JenniferNettles_BLOGJennifer Nettles
Saturday, July 19
$87 Presale | $90 Member | $92 Public
Best known as half of the successful country pop duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles recently launched her solo career and has a new album under her belt, That Girl, which debuted in January. In 2003, she co-founded Sugarland with Kristian Bush and has since received multiple Grammy nominations and awards.

CountingCrows_BLOGCounting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket
Monday, July 21
$80 Presale | $83 Member | $85 Public
The Counting Crows made their mark on mainstream rock music in the early 90s with their debut album, August and Everything After, which featured the hit single, “Mr. Jones.” Their songs, “A Long December,” “Hanginaround,” and “Colorblind” are still on heavy rotation on the radio.

LaMontagne_BLOGRay LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis
Wednesday, July 23
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
Ray LaMontagne is known for his earthy voice and folk songs similar to that of Otis Redding, Van Morrison and Nick Drake. His hit singles include “You Are the Best Thing” and “Trouble” and is fifth studio album, Supernova, will be released this May.

KCSunshine_BLOGKC and the Sunshine Band
Thursday, July 24
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
KC and The Sunshine have been the voice of the disco and funk genre since the band formed in 1973. Their award-winning hits include: “That’s the Way (I Like It), “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Give It Up.”

 

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Barenaked Ladies
Sunday, July 27
$55 Presale | $58 Member | $60 Public
Canadian rock band comprised is known for their light-hearted performance style and improvisational banter between songs. Their hit singles include, “One Week,” “If I Had $1,000,000,” “Brian Wilson, “The Old Apartment,” Pinch Me,” and wrote the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.

MethenyHornsby_BLOGPat Metheny Unity Group & Bruce Hornsby
Wednesday, July 30
$52 Presale | $55 Member | $57 Public
Over the years, Pat Metheny has reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound and continues to redefine the genre. Bruce Hornsby is known for the spontaneity of his live performances as a singer and keyboardist, as he uses a mix of musical influences like classical, jazz, Motown and blues.

Oberst_BLOGConor Oberst with Dawes
Thursday, July 31
$37 Presale | $40 Member | $42 Public
Conor Oberst is most known for his band Bright Eyes. Oberst’s newest album, Upside Down Mountain, will be released on May 20, 2014. Dawes brings the sound of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young to the forefront and their latest album, Stories Don’t End, was released in 2013.


AUGUST

JBT_BLOGJohn Butler Trio
Friday, August 1
$35 Presale | $38 Member | $40 Public
John Butler, Byron Luiters and Nicky Bomba compose the Australian jam band, John Butler Trio. Their albums have all topped Australia’s charts, but April Uprising released in 2010, was deemed the most popular with two hits, “One Way Road” and “Close to You,” appearing in the top 40.

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Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Wednesday, August 6
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Lyle Lovett’s Grammy award‐winning music is beyond country and his diverse collection of songs mixes gospel, blues, rock, swing and Americana to weave stories with a rare literary talent. Lovett’s well known songs over the decades include: “If I Had A Boat,” “God Will,” “If I Were the Man You Wanted,” “Family Reserve” and “Her First Mistake.”

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Five For Fighting with Twilight Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, August 7
$45 Presale | $48 Member | $50 Public
Singer John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing songs that make an emotional connection, which can be heard on the past four albums by Five For Fighting, the band name under which he performs. His breakthrough came in the 2001 Grammy-nominated song, “Superman” and 2003 release, “100 years.” 

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Wednesday, August 13
$47 Presale | $50 Member | $52 Public
For more than 15 years, internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have brought a unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music.They recently released their most ambitious album to date, 2012′s Area 52, with a thirteen-piece Cuban orchestra.

LoveMo_BLOGG. Love and Special Sauce & Keb’ Mo’ Band
Wednesday, August 20
$48 Presale | $51 Member | $53 Public
The G. Love & Special Sauce trio features alternative hip-hop music and is best known for their unique “laid back” blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. Three-time Grammy winner, Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22, 2014 release of BLUESAmericana on Kind of Blue Music.

TheMoodyBlues_BLOGThe Moody Blues
Thursday, August 21
$75 Presale | $78 Member | $80 Public
For nearly five decades, classic rock band The Moody Blues have been mainstay with over 70 million albums sold, 18 platinum records and a place in rock history. Their first studio album featured, “Tuesday Afternoon” and the hits kept coming with “Your Wildest Dreams,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” and “Nights in White Satin.”

LSD_BLOGLake Street Dive
Thursday, August 28
$22 Presale | $25 Member | $27 Public
Lake Street Dive is an indie jazz and soul band that have been performing for nearly a decade. Their new album, Bad Self Portraits,shows Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the band from an alt-country jazz group to a band that reflects British Invasion rock, horn-driven, R& B, Motown soul and gospel blues.

 

SEPTEMBER

Beach_BLOGThe Beach Boys
Thursday, September 4
$62 Presale | $65 Member | $67 Public
Debuting more than 50 years ago, The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic American rock ‘n roll bands of all time with hits like, “Surfin’,” “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo.” Their accolades range from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

SSheryl_BLOGheryl Crow
Sunday, September 7
$77 Presale | $80 Member | $82 Public
Superstar singer and songwriter, Sheryl Crow is a nine‐time Grammy winning performer. She’s best known for her hits: “If It Makes You Happy,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “Picture” with Kid Rock. Besides performing duets with artists such as Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett and Sting, Crow’s resume includes appearances as an actress on NBC’s 30 Rock and ABC’s Cougar Town.

The members-only presale is on Saturday, April 26 at 9 am. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 10 at 9 am. For more ticket information, head to our Concert Page and click the ticket tab. Look for an upcoming post on ways to prep for the members-only presale.

What concert(s) are you looking forward to most?

 

2014 Summer Concert Series Sneak Peek

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Jennifer Nettles, of country duo Sugarland, is just one of the many artists taking the stage this summer during the 2014 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens! Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at two other acts from the series, which include alternative rock and disco funk:

NEEDTOBREATHE
Saturday, June 21
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Alternative rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE, is composed of brothers, Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Bo Rinehart (guitar), with Seth Bolt (bass). From South Carolina, the band has released four studio albums, with hits such as “Washed by the Water,” “Something Beautiful,” and “Keep your eyes open.” Their new album, Rivers in the Wasteland, was released on April 15, 2014

Jennifer Nettles
Saturday, July 19
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Best known as half of the successful country pop duo Sugarland, singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles recently launched her solo career and has a new album under her belt. Nettle’s duet with Bon Jovi on the country version of the band’s 2006 single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart. Audiences all over American may remember her as a judge and mentor on ABC’s Duets in 2012. The Grammy Award winner’s solo album, That Girl, debuted in January 2014.

KC and the Sunshine Band
Thursday, July 24
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KC and the Sunshine have been the voice of the disco and funk genre since the band formed in 1973. Their songs have been featured on more than 200 motion picture film soundtracks, every major sporting event and holiday parade over the years. Their numerous award-winning hits include, “That’s the Way (I Like It), “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Give It Up.” The band has been entertaining audiences for more than 37 years and counting.

Prices will be announced with the full lineup in mid-April. Tickets go on sale to members April 26 and to the public May 10.

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A Look Back on 2013 [Part IV]

We’ve reached the end of our 2013 recap! To see what else went on this year at Meijer Gardens, view Part I, II, and III of the series. The last few months have been busy ones as we planted thousands of chrysanthemums, set up our holiday displays and brought together 24 artists from around the world for our fall sculpture exhibition.  

Part 4
September–December 2013

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Chrysanthemums and More!
You know fall is here when Chrysanthemums and More! opens in September. Expansive mum displays, unconventional floral arrangements and the “mum wall” filled every inch of Meijer Gardens. Events like Mum Day, Giant Pumpkins and Hallowee-ones made the transition into fall fun for the whole family.

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Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass
 Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass was a group exhibition which showcased 24 works of glass by 25 artists from around the world and coincided with ArtPrize. The exhibition explored the creative, conceptual and formal aspects of contemporary glass sculpture and is still on display until January 5, 2014. One of the pieces, Watching by Daniel Arsham, made it on the ArtPrize Juried Short List! Stop by and see these pieces before they leave in January.

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America’s Garden of Art Book Released
After more than 2 years of work, we released a coffee table book titled, America’s Garden of Art. It features more than 230 new color photos, with essays by our president, chief curator and historian, and offers a complete description and depiction of Meijer Gardens throughout the seasons. Pick up a copy from the Gift Shop as a perfect collector’s item.

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David Nash & Alexandra Fuller for The Master Lecture Series
As part of The Master Lecture Series, we welcomed lectures from award-winning author Alexandra Fuller and internationally renowned sculptor David Nash this October. Fuller spoke on being raised for most of her life in Africa, and how it influenced many of her books, such as Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. Nash talked about his 40-year career and how he’s used trees as the resource for nearly all his sculptural pursuits. His lecture was in conjunction with his visit to create a site-specific tree sculptures for the Japanese Garden.

FMG-Holiday2011_0427Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
This year marked the 19th annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition! This exhibition focuses on the beauty of nature during the holiday season. Everyone young and young-at-heart can enjoy the Railway Garden, a unique horticultural display featuring 30 West Michigan landmarks recreated in natural materials, model trains and railways. There’s also more than 42 holiday displays to see and carolers, santa visits, family art activities and horse-drawn carriage rides to enjoy! It’s going on until January 5, 2014, so stop by if you haven’t already.

What a whirlwind of a year! Thank you for your continued support art, horticulture and education by being a member or guest of Meijer Gardens.

What was your favorite experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in 2013?

A Look Back at 2013 [Part III]

The summer kept us on our toes with 29 concerts, major Japanese Garden construction and dozens of weddings to coordinate. Here’s a recap of earlier this year in Part I, II and let’s take a glance at the hot (but fun) summer months.

Part 3
June–August

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Outdoor Summer Concert Series
It’s when you know it’s summer in West Michigan! This year proved to be the biggest lineup in our 11 year history of outdoor concerts. With 29 bands performing from June to September, it was quite the fun and busy summer for everyone! From returning acts like the Steve Miller Band and Lyle Lovett, to big names like Sheryl Crow, Harry Connick Jr. and Owl City, there was a concert for every music lover. It was a summer to remember.

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Japanese Garden Construction
The Main Gate is the first sight you see upon entering the Japanese Garden. Hoichi Karusu’s team of more than 30 Japanese carpenters worked their magic this summer starting construction on the main gate, waterfalls, Japanese Tea House, zig zag bridges and other main structures. Did you sneak a peek through the trees?

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Hundreds of weddings
“I do.” Couples took their vows and/or danced the night away in one of our beautiful event spaces during the 139 weddings this year! We are honored to have been such an important part of these Big Days and hope to see many more happy couples in the years to come. Check out previous Meijer Gardens weddings by visiting our wedding Facebook page or Pinterest.

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“Thai Beauty” Bamboo Installed
Removed from the Tropical Conservatory this summer was the yellow groove bamboo or Bambusa vulgaris “vittata,” which made way for another bamboo species, Bambusa multiplex or “Thai Beauty.” Native to Thailand, this bamboo’s leaves are small, giving a more graceful and airy appearance. Read about why we installed new bamboo in a previous post. 

Meet the Staff & What’s Blooming
Do you always see our horticulture staff out and about? Want to know more about what they do? We interviewed a few outdoor staff from our horticulture team, asking what areas they tend, their favorite part of the job and how long they’ve been at Meijer Gardens (a long time for some!). Look out for more staff videos in the near future. We also filmed bite-sized segements of “What’s Blooming” around Meijer Gardens. Watch both Meet the Staff and What’s Blooming.

Stay tuned for the last recap of 2013!

A Look Back at 2013 [Part II]

We’re looking back again on the past year and all the fun that was had.

April and May were busy months. Why? Because we had more than 150,000 visitors see the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition! Our staff and volunteers were kept busy making it an enjoyable (and educational) experience for all ages – from class groups to bridal ceremonies in the Tropical Conservatory. Along with Butterflies Are Blooming, these two months were filled with special announcements.

Part 2
April-May

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18th Birthday
We’re finally an adult! We celebrated our 18th birthday with comments and well-wishes from our Facebook fans.

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What a doozie. We announced the biggest lineup EVER, with 29 concerts planned to hit the stage from June to September. Performers on the list included B.B. King. Sheryl Crow, Owl City, Harry Connick Jr., Smokey Robinson and Old Crow Medicine Show! What concerts were you excited to see?

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New Acquisition of Richard Serra piece
In May, we were excited to announce the acquisition of Equal Intervals, Equal Elevations by American minimalist sculptor, Richard Serra. Equal Intervals, Equal Elevations is a site-specific work, composed of four large, forged-steel blocks placed at equal intervals in the hillside. Have you seen it yet?

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Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan Opens
Chinese artist Zhang Huan’s work in Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan was our sculpture exhibition this summer. As a sculptor, painter, photographer and performance artist, his themes of physical endurance and spiritual tranquility, Chinese history, and Buddhism were expressed in his sculptures. Did you have a favorite piece? 

Meadow Burn
Every 3 years, a controlled meadow burn takes place in our Wildflower Meadow, which is home to Scarlatti by Marc Di Suevero. This year happened to be time for another meadow burn. We captured the event in a time lapse video, which ended up being shared on WZZM’s newcast. Look at all that smoke.

Stay tuned for more recaps of the exhibitions, announcements and excitement that surrounded 2013.

A Look Back on 2013 [Part I]

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2013 is winding down. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look back on the past 12 months of horticulture displays, sculpture exhibitions, summer concerts, year-round learning and exciting announcements at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Part I
January-March

06_Orchid30The Orchid Show
A fan-favorite, the Orchid Show brought hundreds of exquisite orchids and displays to Meijer Gardens. Orchid vendors from across the Midwest were there and members of the Grand Valley Orchid Society were eager to answer questions. There were too many favorites to choose from, do you remember yours?

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From February through April, our winter exhibition,
Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont featured the Dutch sculptor’s impressive fluency with materials, as well as her command of the human figure. Celebrated for her figurative work, each piece was carefully rendered with textured surfaces, often encouraging thoughtfulness and introspection. Many of our members and volunteers said it was one of their favorite exhibitions!

Indoor Garden Ideas
During the winter months, our horticulture staff provided fun tutorials to do indoors, like forcing branches, creating dried floral arrangements and making terrariums. Did you end up trying any? 

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Butterflies are Blooming
Butterflies took flight on March 1! Thousands of tropical butterflies made their home in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. New this year was the Butterfly Ballet, an interactive butterfly story performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company. Our horticulture staff also answered FAQs about butterflies in a 3-part video series and we gave a glimpse at how the Butterfly Bungalow was set up.

SMB_2012_groupshotSneak Peek Concert Announcement
Members and guests were buzzing about who would be on the list for the 2013 concert season. We announced 4 acts from the lineup in mid-March: Montgomery Gentry, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Steve Miller Band and Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Were you as excited as we were about the sneak peek?

Stay tuned for more recaps of the fun we had this year.
What was your favorite activity in the beginning of 2013.