Frederik Meijer Gardens holiday exhibit opens Tuesday

(Nov. 21, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A holiday tradition has rolled back into Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibit will open Tuesday, but 24 Hour News 8 got an sneak peek at the massive display.

The seasonal tradition has been going on for 22 years. This year’s display features more than 40 international displays. The railway gardens has a track that features a train that weaves in and out of four indoor gardens, including one that was recently renovated.

Once you pay your admission to the gardens, you’ve got access to a taste of many international holiday cultures and some of those are rooted in the plants on display.

Steve Lawarre, director of horticulture at the Frederik Meijer Gardens, told 24 Hour News 8 that the displays explore traditional folklore around the world.

“One of my favorites to look at is the Middle East, for example, which is the starting point for Christianity Islam and Judaism,” said Lawarre. “One of the things that’s really cool about that is rosemary and it was thought that putting rosemary down on Christmas Eve, that people who smelled rosemary first thing in the morning would have good luck for the rest of the year.”

He said that examples like that are what the attraction focuses on.

The holiday display is open from Tuesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 8. There will be extended hours offered on some of those days.

The attraction will also have activities for the family, including “Rooftop Reindeer” and Santa visits.

For a complete list of events and more information on the holiday exhibition, visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park website


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park