20 Remarkable Years, Unforgettable Moments – Part Four

In April, we marked the 20th anniversary of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The past 20 years have produced innumerable, remarkable moments. Here are five more of the most memorable moments in our 20-year history: Chihuly 2003 & 2010 Chihuly Exhibitions In 2003 Meijer Gardens hosted Chihuly at the Gardens, an indoor exhibition featuring spectacular glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. Chihuly returned to Meijer Gardens in 2010 with A New Eve, a monumental exhibition featuring 15 brand new installations  ̶ 13 outdoors and two indoors  ̶  scattered throughout the park. Over 680,000 people visited Meijer Gardens to view the exhibition. AnniversaryConcert August 7, 2010: 15th Anniversary Concert Lyle Lovett and his large band performed a sold out show in the Amphitheater Gardens and the evening concluded with a fireworks display in honor of Meijer Gardens’ 15th anniversary. Proceeds from the event supported the Meijer Gardens Annual Fund. FredMeijer November 2011: Fred Meijer’s Memorial Service On November 25, 2011, our dear friend Fred Meijer passed away at the age of 91. Over 3,500 people came to Meijer Gardens to pay their respects at his memorial service while hundreds of past and present Meijer employees shared their stories about Fred with his sons and grandchildren. Fred was buried at Meijer Gardens in the Michigan Farm Garden, a replica of his wife Lena’s childhood home. JapaneseGarden 2011-2015: The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden After Fred and his wife Lena expressed their love of Japanese gardens and inquired about adding one to Meijer Gardens in 2009, the concept of The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden was born. Planning and construction commenced in 2012 and now, three years later, the construction process is nearly complete. With great excitement we anticipate opening this beautiful garden to the public on June 13, 2015. 2015Beyond 2015 and Beyond: Building for the Future Meijer Gardens recently acquired several adjacent properties including 35 acres of land bordering Leonard Street. The properties will allow for expansion and growth in the long term, ensuring Meijer Gardens will be always new for generations to come.

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