GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is celebrating their 25th anniversary on April 20th 2020 and they want you to help them celebrate.
Over the past 25 years Meijer Gardens has welcomed more than 12 million people and during the Coronavirus pandemic they’re hoping to still share memories with their guests virtually.
Right now you can visit their website and see a visual timeline filled with milestones over the years.
From photos and videos of the groundbreaking with Fred Meijer to the first plants arriving in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory and even the first visitors showing up on April 20th 1995.
This all started when Betsy Borre asked Fred Meijer in the 1990s to get involved with the West Michigan Horticultural Society, soon growing into Michigan's second most popular tourist destination.
To help celebrate, share your photos, videos or even write an email to share your favorite memories at the gardens and use the handles @MeijerGardens and #MeijerGardens. They will then share them on social media and hopefully display them inside the entryway one day.
“At times of crisis, you always have things on your heart, and it's helpful to get them off your heart and to share with others. And I think from an emotional standpoint, that's why we're doing this. It helps to get on Zoom like this and talk with your friends because you can't see them face to face. So getting those things off your heart and sharing them. We hope people do that and I think it'll help others,” says David Hooker, President & CEO OF Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Don’t forget they have a live camera that runs 24/7 in their Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory where you can see the butterflies and plants. Along with virtual story times on their Facebook at 10am and 2pm.