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No time of year is more steeped in folklore than the holidays - which is why folklore is the theme of this year's Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World! We are sharing some of the traditions featured in our exhibition each week with Folklore Fridays. Pucker up for this week's edition!

How did the English custom of kissing under the mistletoe begin? Mistletoe was a plant of peace...
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Would you like to bring some of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park's design style home with you?

You can get some tips and ideas in our latest blog post! We talk with Horticulture Manager Ed McKee to learn how he decorates his own home.

A Horticulturist’s Home Decor

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If you are planning to give someone a membership to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as a gift this year, memberships purchased TODAY will be mailed no later than December 16th, and should arrive in plenty of time for holiday celebrations! Don't wait longer if you want something under the tree!

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Happy birthday to artist Aristide Maillol! The early 20th century French master Maillol is viewed as the most influential sculptor in the generation following Auguste Rodin.

Even through it's December 8th, we're sharing his piece in The Gallery section of our Sculpture Park called "Torso of Summer."

"Torso of Summer" is part of a series which celebrates the four seasons. Specifically, the...
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Are you struggling to shoot eye-catching photos with your iPhone? Hone your skills in Part I of our iPhone Photography class series!
The class is on January 10th and you can register at the link below. Bundle up if you need to, some of the time will be spent photographing our beautiful grounds!

iPhone Photography, Part I | Meijer Gardens

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Thanks to all of the attendees, volunteers, and sponsors of this year's Christmas Cabaret! These beautiful photos by Anthony Norkus Photography will help relive the evening's festivities, music -- even a proposal!
❄❄❄Snowflakes are swirling around "Iron Tree" by Ai Weiwei today!

Our landmark exhibition with the internationally renowned artist and activist "Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State" opens January 17, 2017.
We are going back to the 80s for today's Throwback Thursday! This is a story on artist Keith Haring that aired in 1982. Haring would often take a piece of chalk and create art on the walls of the New York City Subway.

Haring's bright yellow sculpture "Julia" is in our Sculpture Park!
Along with gardens in cities from New York to San Diego, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has been named to Garden Destinations Magazine's list of "10 Gardens that Glitter with Holiday Lights and Cheer!"

10 Gardens That Glitter with Holiday Lights | Garden Destinations Magazine

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Our staff has some strong roots! Take a behind-the-scenes look in our greenhouses as our Horticulture Department takes on the #MannequinChallenge:
Celebrate the holidays, West Michigan style! Here is a list of festive local events, from our friends at cultured.GR:

Play and shop the arts this December

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park brings joy to guests every season of the year! With a Meijer Gardens membership, you can enjoy members-only events and exhibition previews, valuable discounts, and reciprocal benefits to more than 200 other gardens nationwide.

If you are giving someone a membership as a gift this year, purchased by December 9th will be mailed no later than December...
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In this country, the Christmas Season begins today, December 6th with the Feast of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas had a reputation for giving secret gifts, like leaving coins in the shoes of the faithful. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and according to tradition no ship ever leaves port without an icon of St. Nicholas on board.

The three white symbols on this tree serve as visual...
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Santa is coming to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park! Join us from 5pm - 8pm tonight. Don't forget to bring your camera to snap a photo with him on his sleigh!

Santa Visits | Meijer Gardens

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Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a significant five-day Hindu celebration occurring between mid-October and mid-November. It is a time for festive fireworks, lights, flowers, decorations and special worship or paja.

Plants and flowers are an integral part of Diwali. Banana plants, hibiscus, and strings of carnations are used to decorate during this festive time. Our dedicated...
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Good morning! As you plan your day today, a reminder that we are open until 9:00pm tonight and every Tuesday night!
If you are looking to get involved with Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, we would love for you to join our wonderful family of volunteers! We have an orientation on Wednesday, December 7th. There is a session at 10am and another at 7pm. No RSVP required.

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Our Railway Garden was a hit with Mudpies and Tiaras blogger Kristen Jeffery and her family: "I think we spent close to 30 minutes in there with the kids darting to and fro pointing out new details and spying the train trekking around."

Check out her blog to read more about their visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and to enter to win a Family Four Pack of admission tickets!

Christmas Fun for Families in Grand Rapids! Giveaway (US) 12/19 - MudPiesAndTiaras.com

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This year you can give a gift your loved ones will enjoy all year long.

Gift memberships purchased by December 9th will be mailed no later than December 16th, and should arrive in plenty of time for holiday celebrations!

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Even though some snowflakes are falling, it's never too cold for ice cream! You can see tiny versions of iconic buildings around Grand Rapids in our Railway Garden, including Jersey Junction!