Please note: I’ve changed the settings with this group of photos, where you can click the image link below each one and open it full size in a new window.
There are different climate gardens at Meijer Gardens. The arid garden has many types of cacti and other desert plants. This one caught my eye as it is in bloom.
Its nearby fuzzy cousin is not in bloom.
Lots of big velvety leaves. I think the new growth looks like hands open to the sunshine.
These plants look like leathery old folks to me.
The next photos are from the carnivorous plants area. Soggy wet everywhere, just like they like it.
Not sure if you can see the trapping hairs on the leaves of this one…
These look like elf slippers to me. They grow on the ground or in the air…
This is an orange tree, but the variety produces very small oranges.
“Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot,” by Edgar Degas. Made of bronze, the dimensions are 18.5 x 10.5 x 8 inches.
This looks a lot like a maidenhair fern — on steroids! This is a tropical fern, where every plant grows big (or seems like it.)
Looking up in the main tropical section of the gardens. This was the first part of this wondrous place that was built in the beginning. The vine has been here since then and travels along the top. The next photo shows the red blossoms closer.
You know those “corn plants” you can buy at the big box stores? In their natural tropical environment they grow giant roots like this that suck water out of the rivers and lakes. Hard to see scale here but the roots must be 5-6 feet long and probably 7″ or more across.
The next one is an amazing collection of Dale Chihuly glass that graces the ceiling of the cafe. I took this one with my cell-phone.
The last picture is one that should have gone with part 1, but I forgot about it as it was on my cell-phone. “Cabin Creek,” is a sculpture by Deborah Butterfield. Made of bronze, its dimensions are 88 x 122.5 x 30.5 inches.