It was a gorgeous Saturday to be outside soaking up the sun and beautiful greenery just across the street from our condo; and the mums were spectacular. It also gave us the opportunity to visit a part of the Gardens we had not yet seen: the Michigan Farm Garden. Based on the homestead of Lena Meijer, the farm is filled with maintenance barnyard animals and at least two sculptures of Lena as a young child, one milking a cow and the other riding a pig.
Just a few yards away from the farmstead is a small burial ground. Right now Fred is the only one interred there; he passed away in 2011. One can only guess that Lena will eventually join him. An incredible place to be buried to be sure -- simple, yet profound, this space, surrounded by the wonders of young life outmatched only by what must have been two people very much in love. I never knew this family and I'm the poorer for it.
|Earth, Wind and Fire|
|entrance to one of the indoor gardens|
|one of the several trails through the gardens|
|Meijer family burial place|