Frederik Meijer Gardens – The Happiness Experience

Photography by Lisa Flaska Erickson

Improve your mindset with Butterflies, Babies, Horticulture, and Art as you walk through Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with photographer Lisa Flaska Erickson. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 158-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park will fill your senses with color, aroma and all of the emotions that exude happiness. And don’t we need that right now?

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

-Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Baby and A Butterfly at Frederik Meijer Gardens -
A Baby and a Butterfly at Frederik Meijer Gardens –
Photo by Lisa Flaska Erickson

Lisa Flaska Erickson visited the “Butterflies in Bloom” annual exhibit inside the glasshouse in early March and captured some gorgeous images. The Butterflies in Bloom is a temporary and annual exhibition that features thousands of tropical butterflies from Central and South America, Africa and Asia freely flying in the Tropical Conservatory.

Lisa was one of the lucky guests to “experience butterflies close up and watch them emerge from their chrysalises” before Frederik Meijer Gardens was temporarily closed to the public due to the current situation in the world. Don’t fret! You can still be a part of the experience with this Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming Livestream link. They are also offering daily virtual visits at 10 AM and 2 PM each day. Please visit their Facebook page for more information.

From Frederik Mejier Gardens Facebook

Please take a moment to scroll through Lisa’s gorgeous images and thoughts about each photo. Butterflies have always been a sign of HOPE. These photos are bound to help your mindset for the moment. ENJOY!

Every color of the rainbow…and butterflies too…
An incredible 60 species of butterflies from Asia, Africa, and Central & South America, take flight in the warm 85-degree temperatures of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservancy.
Butterflies Are Blooming is the largest temporary butterfly display in the nation. This attraction is a must-see for people of all ages.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

-Irish Blessing

For more information on Frederick Meijer Gardens please visit their website here:

A Baby and a Butterfly at Frederik Meijer Gardens –
Photo by Lisa Flaska Erickson

To view or order any of Lisa’s photography, please visit her Facebook page:

Here’s another view from 2013 by Hello Aerial in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Take in the beauty of over 125 acres of botanical gardens and sculptures at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.”

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