Meijer Gardens Celebrates The Holidays With CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD Exhibition, 11/26-1/5
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Experience the magic of the holidays at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the annual "Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World" exhibition on display November 26 through January 5, 2014. Visitors from all over the nation visit Meijer Gardens to experience over 40 international trees and displays, the enchanting Railway Garden and holiday wonderland that encompasses it.
Celebrating its 19th year, this year's exhibition focuses on the use of natural materials for an experience only Meijer Gardens can create.
"Many cultures use similar palettes of natural materials to decorate and celebrate the holidays," said Director of Horticulture, Steve LaWarre. "Seeds, wood, fruit and natural fibers can be found woven throughout different displays and decorated trees, within the Railway Garden and throughout the entire exhibition."
The much-loved Railway Garden meanders through four lush indoor garden spaces, bringing together colorful plantings with storybook scenes. The unique horticultural artistry complements the model trolleys, trains and handcrafted buildings replicating over 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed by Paul Busse. Visitors will find familiarity in the Fifth Third Ballpark created with willow light posts and elm bark seating, the Ada Covered Bridge with a cedar roof and willow trusses and the Meyer May House with oak bark siding and red ruscus leaves.
Debuting this year is the Korean hanbok, the traditional dress worn during Seollal, the Korean New Year and most significant holiday recognized by Korean families. With its strikingly vibrant natural silk and intricate detailing, this garment is the centerpiece in a redesigned display, which honors the historic Korean culture.
Mainstays of the exhibition include the Germany tree, adorned with handmade glass ornaments and homemade springerle cookies, the England tree-with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe-and the beautiful Eid al-Fitr display, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.
Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. Horse-drawn carriage rides through the candle-lit Sculpture Park, the smell of evergreens as visitors enter the building and the sounds of carolers and hand bells make it a festive place to enjoy the holiday season.
A variety of family-friendly activities are offered throughout the exhibition.
- Extended Holiday Hours: Open until 9 p.m. on December 17-21, 23-24, 26-28, 30-31 (Please note: Meijer Gardens is closed on November 28, December 25 and January 1 and will close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31)
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: December 3, 10, 17-22, 5:30-9 p.m.
Reservations required, call 616-975-3151. Members $65 per carriage, non-members $90 per carriage (up to four adults). A $25 fee will apply for all cancellations and rescheduling.