Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened in April 1995 in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then, the gardens have expanded and the sculptures have increased to 158 acres and nearly 300 sculptures. In June 2015, an 8-acre Japanese garden was installed that includes a stand of cherry trees.
I’ve walked the Japanese garden several times since June 2015 but never when the cherry trees were blossoming. Last year was to be my first time. The pandemic closed the park and quashed the plan.
The park is open again. I’ll be protected against Covid-19 by May 1, and cherry-blossoms will bloom some weeks after.
Promises live here,
under your bright open arms —
soft, fragrant blessings.
I’m including a couple of videos about the garden. The first one is with Hoichi Kurisu, the designer of the garden. The second one has two of the stewards talking about it but also has several nice shots of the park (including the cherry trees!)
Frank J. Tassone is today’s host of dVerse‘ Haibun Monday. Frank says:
Let us keep in mind that there are three kigo for Cherry Blossoms: hatsu hana (first bloom), sakura (peak bloom), and osozakura (late bloom). I leave it to you to address whichever stage you wish. That said, let’s write haibun that allude to Cherry Blossoms.