Grammy-winning guitarist comes to Meijer Gardens June 17

Frampton’s Guitar Circus featuring Peter Frampton will bring British rock to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Monday, June 17 at 6:30 pm. Not only will Frampton be dazzling the crowd with his expert guitar skills, he’s also bringing along the talented Robert Cray and Steve Cropper to compliment his exciting rock show.

Don’t worry, you still have a chance to see Frampton’s Guitar Circus live at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater since tickets are available at Star Tickets.

Peter Frampton is not only a talented guitarist; he’s also a singer, songwriter and producer. He was associated with popular British rock bands from the 60s and 70s, including Humble Pie and The Herd and his solo career has boasted 16 albums in total.

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However, Frampton’s international breakthrough came in the late 70s with the release of one of his solo albums Frampton Comes Alive!, which happens to be one of the best-selling live albums in the United States to date. This hard rock album emphasized Frampton’s raw talent on the guitar, and catapulted him into fame selling more than six million copies just in the United States alone. This album spawned several hits including “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” These songs are still essential playlist material on classic-rock radio stations around the world.

This summer, Frampton decided to put aside his solo act and bring together a collection of brilliant guitarists. The show at Meijer Gardens will include Robert Cray and Steve Cropper in order to create the best of Frampton’s Guitar Circus. Cray is a multi-talented blues guitarist who’s won Grammy Awards for contemporary blues album and other recordings. Cropper is an American singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist. He is best known for his expert guitar work in the Stax Records house band and Booker T. & The M.G.’s. He also gained fame when he became a member of the Blue Brothers band in 1978. Cropper is also ranked 36th on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is proud to present these talented artists all in one show, Frampton’s Guitar Circus on Monday, June 17! To learn more about Frampton’s Guitar Circus visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Rock out with Gov’t Mule Thursday, June 13

You may have heard of the Allman Brothers Band from the early 70s—applauded for their major contributions to the creation of southern rock n’ roll. Gov’t Mule, a side-project of Allman Brothers members, is coming back to Meijer Gardens June 13!

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Gov’t Mule 2012 at Meijer Gardens. Courtesy photo from WoodTV.

Gov’t Mule formed their southern rock jam band in 1994, and debuted their first album, Gov’t Mule, in 1995. Since then, they have released 16 albums including The Deepest End, Live in Concert, which went U.S. Gold in 2004. Check out one of their biggest hits, Beautifully Broken, from their most popular album of all time.

This song highlights what Gov’t Mule does best; fusing together hard rock with a soothing bluesy sound that’s been attracting audiences for almost two decades. Aside from the thousands of loyal fans who follow Gov’t Mule on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, they have over two million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks. Not only does this band perform for live audiences around the country, they also allow downloads of almost all their concerts to ensure rockability even after the show is over!

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Gov’t Mule 2012 at Meijer Gardens. Courtesy photo from WoodTV.

Although members of Gov’t Mule have changed over the years, current group members include the extremely talented Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis and Jorgen Carlsson. These men have created a band that has become a staple in music festivals all around North America. Just two days after their live show at Meijer Gardens, Gov’t Mule will be making a stop at the critically acclaimed Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN.

Whether you’re looking for a night full of rock n’ roll, or just another reason to celebrate the beautiful summer season, come see southern rock legends Gov’t Mule at Meijer Gardens tomorrow, June 13 at 6:30 pm! Tickets are still available at Star Tickets.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is proud to have the opportunity to make Gov’t Mule part of our Summer Concert Series again this year.

October Book Discussion: Nature’s Visionary

October 2, 2012
By Shelly Kilroy, Meijer Gardens Librarian 

What a beautiful, fascinating and well-written book! Gretel Ehrlich’s John Muir: Nature’s Visionary was a wonderful biographical sketch of a fascinating and inspiring man.

Our members book discussion group dove into John Muir at our latest meeting, learning about who he was and what he accomplished; including numerous inventions, and the many books and articles written by and about him.

We learned that he was the founder of the Sierra Club, and has numerous trails, woods, schools and more named after him. Even a wren bears his name!
Each of us thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for Ms. Ehrlich’s wonderful writing, the inspiring quotes by John Muir scattered throughout and the beautiful photos of the places John Muir loved.

Next month on November 6, we will be reading and discussing The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins her Life’s Work at 72 by Molly Peacock.

The Foundation of a Japanese Garden: Boulder Placement Ceremony

For centuries, designers of Japanese gardens have placed special emphasis on boulders for their permanency. The solid and unchanging structure of boulders form the skeleton and foundation, and their selection and placement gives a sense of maturity to a new garden.

Selection of these boulders and rocks is important to the aesthetic and careful consideration of the qualities of each boulder is required. Our Japanese Garden’s Designer, Hoichi Kurisu, recently visited a West Michigan rock quarry and selected the individual boulders based on qualities necessary for a Japanese garden: size, weathered appearance, interesting shapes and subdued coloring.

These boulders were used to commemorate our own foundational beginning of The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Yesterday, we celebrated this permanency during a Boulder Placement Ceremony held for our members, donors and the public.

Boulder Ceremony in Grand Room.

Kicking off the Boulder Placement Ceremony, President and CEO David Hooker welcomed the crowd of more than 400 people and thanked all those who were there to celebrate the foundational beginning of the Japanese Garden. Hooker explained how more than 156 families, foundations and companies donated to the Japanese Garden campaign, helping Meijer Gardens meet and exceed the fundraising goal just six short months after announcing the new garden.

“The boulder placement is more than a ceremonial beginning of the Japanese Garden – it’s the foundation on which the garden will thrive for generations to come,” said Hooker. “We were given a great and significant gift that will be cherished and nurtured, not only by staff, but by the community and region.”

Consul General of Japan Kuninori Matsuda followed with remarks about promoting a mutual understanding of Japanese culture through the creation of this Japanese Garden.

“This garden has been received with much enthusiasm and I don’t have the slightest hesitation the Japanese Garden will become a ‘must-see’ once completed,” said Matsuda.

Following Matsuda was Japanese Garden Designer Hoichi Kurisu who spoke of his gratefulness to be a part of the project after meeting with Fred and Lena Meijer last year. A short film showcasing Kurisu and his team placing the first boulder of the Japanese Garden was shown (below) and Japanese poem titled, “Infinite Voice” was read by Kurisu.

“Good ground, good soil. Fred and Lena dropped the seed in the ground by the name of the Japanese Garden. That seed will grow from the good soil and we have to commit ourselves to nurture and share so the seed will grow,” said Kurisu.

Below is a gallery that includes images of the boulder placement with Hoichi Kurisu, presenters during the ceremony and behind-the-scenes of the construction site in its current state.

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The Japanese Garden is located in the northeast corner of the 132-acre property. Its design will convey the essence of the Japanese tradition—tranquility, simplicity and beauty —and include a variety of elements such as scenic bridges, waterfalls, a tea house, moss and bonsai gardens, among other features. The new garden will also feature works of contemporary sculpture by major international artists, such as Anish Kapoor and Zhang Huan, whose aesthetic forms will work in harmony with the space.

Nearly seven months ahead of schedule, view the garden’s progression during your next visit or look for photo updates on Facebook until the Japanese Garden’s completion in 2015.

Boulders and tree from Kurisu’s nursery place in the Japanese Garden.

September Book Discussion – Founding Gardeners

September 4, 2012
By Shelly Kilroy, Meijer Gardens Librarian 

After Frederik Meijer Gardens’ members book group read Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, we all agreed President’s Day will never be the same.

“Founding Gardeners” by Andrea Wulf

Learning about the great love Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison had for the land and plants and gardens in particular, and how it shaped their politics, was fascinating and enlightening.

For example, in their gardens, these men focused on using native American plants and less formal planting styles than were in fashion in Europe. For them, this was a political statement. Their gardens would be truly American in both plants and in style.

For all of us in the book group this was a fascinating new look at a fledgling nation and the founders we thought we knew.

On October 2, we will be reading and discussing John Muir: Nature’s Visionary by Gretel Ehrlich. This should be a fascinating read and a great prelude to the presentation on John Muir by Lee Stetson at the Wege Environmental Lecture on October 23.

Summer Memories at Meijer Gardens (photos)

We can’t believe summer is almost over – it’s been a great one here at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!

From 25 concerts (13 sold-out!) to hot days spent in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden to iconic works of steel featured at the Beverly Pepper exhibition, we hope this summer brought fun, excitement, the beauty of art and the wonder of gardens to all our guests.

What better way to show summer memories than through photos! Here are a few from our Instagram:

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Happily Ever After At Meijer Gardens

The soothing sound of a waterfall, the vibrant colors of the flowers outside, a warm summer breeze, and the look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle.

It’s easy to see how Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park can provide the perfect atmosphere to say “I do.” This year we will host over 135 beautiful weddings! With different options for ceremonies and receptions, Meijer Gardens has made many couples’ dreams come true. Just ask this Grandmother of Bride, Lee, whose granddaughter was married in June:

Trever and Heather were married on June 1, 2012. Photo by A Touch of Grace Photography

“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the whole wedding. We dropped off all the decorations; when we came back for the wedding only a few hours later, the wedding/reception room was magically transformed into the most beautiful room. Our guests commented on how beautiful everything looked…it truly was a magical evening. Again…thank you a hundred times over.”

Dave and Emily’s Waterfall Wedding on August 4, 2012

Planning a wedding next year? Choose from a variety of ceremony locations, including our picturesque waterfalls, Grand Room with a Chuhily chandelier overhead or our Tropical Conservatory, to name a few. Our facility and professional event coordinators have accommodated every type of wedding party, from larger than life receptions that include more than 500 guests, to quiet, intimate affairs with family and friends.

Our event coordinators work to make each wedding perfect for the bride & groom

Meet our professional event coordinators who help make each wedding special!

Our facility rental team has extensive experience in every aspect of the hospitality industry and help guide each bride and groom through the planning process. We work to make each and every wedding unique for our happy couples.

Interested in finding out more our weddings? Visit our Weddings at Meijer Gardens Facebook or follow our inspiration boards on Pinterest and see just how unique a Meijer Gardens wedding can be. Contact our facility rental team to learn more.

Start your “Happily Ever After” with us!