Fred Meijer, founder of Meijer, Inc. and noted philanthropist, died Friday, November 25 in Grand Rapids. He was 91.
The Meijer name has became known for many civic and charitable undertakings, but Fred’s most significant contribution came in 1994 with the creation of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The conservatory and park combines his passion for sculpture and his wife Lena’s for gardening.
Comprised of 132 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, meadows and display gardens, it features indoor tropical, arid, carnivorous, Victorian and seasonal gardens, as well as a sculpture park, children’s garden, farm garden, and amphitheater for summer concert events.
Since its opening, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has become a top cultural destination in the Midwest region, and known internationally for the quality of its art and gardens.