Recently Grand Rapids-area attractions were featured in two HGTVGardens.com articles by blogger Meagan Francis:
From its fascinating indoor gardens including a 15,000 square foot conservatory, a Victorian garden and the nation’s most complete collection of carnivorous plants to a magical “please touch” children’s garden that combines nature and play – not to mention extensive wetlands, woods, farmland and more – Meijer Gardens offers an impressive horticultural experience. No wonder it’s Michigan’s second-largest tourist attraction, bringing in some 600,000 visitors yearly. (read the rest)
Notable for being open year-round, this is Michigan’s largest farmers market, now in its 90th season. The newly-renovated European-style, open-air market (with a covered roof) offers everything from fresh produce to free-range duck eggs and organic meats, plus sauces, salsas and more. There are food trucks, craft items from local artisans, locally-sourced goat cheese, kettle corn, Hungarian baked goods, cider pressed from West Michigan apples in the cooler months and in an innovative program, the market even accepts food stamps so everyone has access to fresh, healthy produce. (read the rest)
Congrats to Grand Rapids for the great national attention!