Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Announces the Opening of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Sculpture Garden


Photos courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has long been a haven for art and nature. In their efforts to consistently provide a new experience for Grand Rapids locals, they have just announced the opening of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Sculpture Garden. Find out more about what you can expect when you visit.

The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Sculpture Garden is located at the top of the recently completed Covenant Learning Center. It is part of the Welcoming World: Honoring a Legacy of Love expansion project which is part of the Meijer Garden mission to promote appreciation of art and nature. The garden features an urban look and provides breathtaking views of the wetlands.  

Frederik Meijer Gardens is proud to feature this sculpture garden that pays tribute to the Padnos family. Stuart Padnos was a sculptor who has made several pieces that are on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Both he and his wife have made a number of cultural contributions to the Grand Rapids area.

The Sculpture Garden will combine horticultural elements with works of art, including long term loans from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. It will feature sculptures by Henry Moore, Marino Marini, Alexander Calder and David Smith. The works will represent different periods of each artist’s life and career, which are expected to rotate over time.

The Garden itself features a sleek and modern design, with wetlands and boardwalk areas, and is a great location for weddings and events. It offers environmental benefits, including temperature changes and stormwater management. This will allow the new addition to be an ideal habitat for birds, butterflies and insects.

The opening of the Sculpture Garden is just in time for spring – the perfect season for visiting. Be sure to plan a visit in the coming months to make the most of all the season has to offer.