Our 2002 Road Trip, Part 3 of 5: The Meijer Garden Department
February 6, 2017 Leave a comment
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: a flashback to our fourth annual road trip, a meetup in Grand Rapids with fellow Star Wars fans for opening day of Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones. Before and after the movie, we spent our first time in Michigan hitting a few key tourist attractions in the vicinity.
In between movie showings, our friends Katrina and Shannon had us detour for one of the largest attractions in Grand Rapids, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Opened in 1995 courtesy of the folks at Meijer — one of our larger big-box grocery/department store chains here in the Midwest — its 28 acres were donated to the city for use as a grand celebration of cultivated art and greenery. According to Wikipedia, Meijer Gardens has more than quadrupled in size since our 2002 visit. Our once in-depth examination is now an obsolete scratch across the surface of the flora and fancies that are surely like a standing army today. I suppose that’s what we get for arriving unfashionably early.
…but sometimes that’s just the uncontrollable fickleness of mortal belongings and the things we meant to carry. Sometimes what we thought we packratted isn’t always what actually made it into our moving boxes and shelves. At least when plants are dislodged and disintegrated into the winds, you can just replant seeds and trimmings and with patience let the Circle of Life return them to square one. For us differently adaptable mortals, all we can do is make the most of what was left behind. Hence this inordinately preserved green-thumb gallery.
To be continued! In our next chapter: what passed for interactive art circa 2002, technically.