Since the forecast called for yet another cold Saturday in March, we decided to head west to a warmer climate. There’s no need to fly down to Costa Rica to get your tropical fix… you can just mingle with a few hundred of butterflies for an hour or two at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids instead.
In addition to the greenhouses, there are loads of sculptures all around the park. Iitu and I did not venture off to see many of them since it was a bit chilly but you can’t miss this marvelous marching band parallel to the parking lots.
There are many great places to take photos. We both took our fancy cameras and brushed up on our photo skills. There were lots of those big beautiful blue butterflies pictured on the sign in the gardens but boy-oh-boy they are hard to capture with a camera so this is the only photo you will see of them.
It’s fascinating to see all stages of these stunning creatures. The annual Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. For the months of March and April you can experience tropical butterflies from around the world flying freely in these gardens.
There’s beauty packed from head to toe in this place… the flowers, trees, plants and of course the star of the show ~ the beautiful butterflies. Plus did I mention that it’s a balmy 85 degrees in this sweet smelling conservatory?
If you’re going on the weekends, I would recommend getting there earlier in the day. The gardens open at 9am. We arrived around 10am and by 11am it was already getting pretty crowded. There are lots of spots you can just stand or sit to soak everything in.
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