A friend and I got to visit the Meijer Sculpture Garden this week. The conservatory building was all decked out for Christmas, which is why we planned our visit.
There’s been lots of expansion to the building since I was there, notably a huge room with giant marble sculptures of faces on all four walls.
But the main attraction were the Christmas trees, each decorated as they might be countries from around the world.
They were all beautiful, and it was so much fun to stop and examine them.
All those trees, lined up or tucked into corners sure got me into the holiday spirit!
And then we wandered in the desert room, filled with catus and seasonal poinsettias…
…and the tropical room filled with jungle plants and more poinsettias….
…and watched a model train wander through a village filled with iconic Grand Rapids buildings made out of natural materials…
…surrounded by more poinsettias.
We even spent some time trying to figure out a couple of art installations.
Even after reading the notes on the wall we didn’t really get it. But it was fun trying.
We stopped at the gift shop, where I stared at a bag of marbles for a long time, remembering all the games we used to play back a few decades when I was in grade school. I still like the way marbles feel, and almost bought this bag, just for fun.
But I didn’t. We bought lunch instead and then headed home, taking the back roads the better to find some barns. Of course we found one…
Thanks, Linda, for driving us around on our latest adventure. Let’s schedule the next one soon!
December 10, 2022 at 12:41 am
Yes please, schedule your next drive soon! This was fantastic. I’d love to see Christmas trees from around the world. I hadn’t thought of that … I will look online to see if there is such a thing hereabouts. That spider was weird. The barns are extraordinary! Yes, buy yourself a bag of marbles … and don’t lose them! ha! 🙂
December 10, 2022 at 12:48 am
I love the cute Dutch shoes ornament! Fun post ❤️
December 10, 2022 at 8:09 am
So many pretty things to see! And that tropical room looks WARM. I bet that felt good.
December 10, 2022 at 8:39 am
What a great day you had! The room with the wall of faces–wow!
December 10, 2022 at 9:30 am
Oh what fun! The cactus room stole my heart… the Christmas trees were beautiful and the barns were so wonderful! A fabulous day was had…
Thank you for sharing.
December 10, 2022 at 9:39 am
So beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
December 10, 2022 at 11:29 am
What a wonderful way to wile away the day! Lovely exhibition and barns – who doesn’t love barns?
December 10, 2022 at 12:16 pm
Such a fun day! I love the Christmas trees and all the poinsettias. Abandoned houses, especially those with barns, intrigue me. I like to wander through them and imagine where their owners went and what kind of lives they had.
December 10, 2022 at 4:06 pm
I’d love to see all those Christmas trees. The forestry department at the University of New Brunswick used to do a fund raiser where companies or organizations would decorate a tree and you could go vote in them. The barns are nice too.
December 10, 2022 at 9:32 pm
You pack so much into a day!!!
December 10, 2022 at 11:22 pm
Fun post! Awesome ornaments!
December 11, 2022 at 9:53 am
That was fun thank you!
December 11, 2022 at 7:39 pm
Super fun post! Especially all the barns!!! ❤️
December 11, 2022 at 7:40 pm
What a great trek! I remember going to an exhibit of “around-the-world” Christmas trees a long time ago and found them fascinating. I love the poinsettia room … and the train! Your barns are awesome, too — something restful about a barn in winter.