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Steel horse sculpture at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

October 2, a beautiful sunny Sunday in October, several ladies and I completed our plans for a Tri-Refresher for Michigan Garden Clubs and District 4 in conjunction with the Central Region (7 states) Meeting. Tri-Refreshers allow garden club members to refresh their consultant credentials in Landscape Design, Garden Study, or Environmental Studies — or all three if they are master level in each. We started off a the spectacular Frederick Meijer Botanical and Sculpture Gardens on the north Beltline.

After lunch we went to the Bunker Interpretive Center at Calvin College south of the gardens. Their specialty is green building and using native plants to landscape. Great learning center, and the restrooms had composting toilets! (I didn’t take a photo of those!)

Tropical Atrium at Frederick Meijer Gardens

Cactus Atrium at Frederick Meijer Gardens

Native plants landscape the front of the Bunker Intrepretive Center.


I was at the tri-refresher in Grand Rapids Sunday updating my garden study consultant credentials with NGC, Inc. The event was held in conjunction with the NGC’s Central Region Meeting. Designers from across the state had designs in honor of the states attending lined the corridors of the Plaza Hotel. One was done by Marge McGoff, a floral designer from Northern Michigan.

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