Societies

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation offers two societies for those who have made significant contributions to the Foundation. Members qualify for permanent recognition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and are invited to the annual Donor Recognition event.

Bonsai Society

Those who have cumulative monetary gifts and/or pledges in estate plans of $100,000 or more to the Foundation are members of the Bonsai Society.

To qualify for membership with an estate gift pledge, donors must submit a copy of the gift provision in their estate plan, or have other written documentation, verifying that the $100,000 minimum has been met.

If a donor's plan calls for a percentage of the estate's remainder, and the amount will meet or exceed $100,000, a written statement from the donor's estate planner, tax consultant, or attorney would meet the requirement for membership.

Members
  • Kenneth Bandstra
  • Karl F. & Patricia J. Betz
  • John D. & Marian F. Bouwer
  • Dr. David G. Dvorak & Ms. Karol J. Peterson
  • Eileen DeVries Family Foundation
  • Fred Fichter
  • Dirk Hoffius
  • Joan Hoffman
  • Earl & Donnalee Holton
  • Sarah & Michael Julien
  • C. Thomas & Evelyn Kapteyn
  • Thomas Peter Kapteyn
  • Mary Ann Keeler
  • Ray Loeschner
  • David R. & Mary Ann Mapes
  • Hank & Liesel Meijer
  • Lena Meijer
  • Thomas P. Merchant & Glen W. Johnson
  • In Memory of Don & Dorothy Hoyt Pingree
  • John & Gail Nowak
  • Richard & Valerie Peacock
  • June Prein
  • Milt & Barbara Rohwer
  • Bernie & Rose Rosenthal
  • Peter & Joan Secchia
  • Lynn & John P. Vinkemulder

Perennial Society

Those who have a cumulative monetary gifts and/or pledges in estate plans of $10,000 or more to the Foundation are members of the Perennial Society.

To qualify for membership with an estate gift pledge, donors must submit a copy of the gift provision in their estate plan, or have other written documentation, verifying that the $10,000 minimum has been met.

If a donor's plan calls for a percentage of the estate's remainder, and the amount will meet or exceed $10,000, a written statement from the donor's estate planner, tax consultant, or attorney would meet the requirement for membership.

Members
  • Gasper J. Amodeo*
  • John G. & Janet Baab
  • Jean W. Barkin
  • Nancy Batts
  • Charles & Debbie Beckwith
  • Ken Betz & Pat Brewer
  • Charles & Patricia Bloom
  • John Bodary
  • William & Laurie Boer
  • Fred A. Bogaert
  • Vern & Norma Boss
  • Paul & Cathy Boyer
  • Molly Bradshaw
  • Daniel & Barbara Braun
  • Sheri Brolick
  • Jim & Donna Brooks
  • Joan Buchanan
  • Jesse & Gia Budrick
  • Robert & Sandra Burnham
  • Kent Garden Club
  • The Works Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation
  • Robert & Susan Conklin
  • Fred Cooper
  • Glen B. Corp
  • Gilbert R. & Patricia K. Davis
  • Robert & Lois De Boer
  • Daniel & Pamella DeVos
  • James & Judy DeLapa
  • Abby J. & Milo R. DeVries
  • Elizabeth Tinney Donley
  • Chris & Deanna Eckert
  • Jon C. Ferguson
  • Gregory & Kathy Forzley
  • Nancy McKenzie Frost
  • Henry G. Fuhs
  • Gillett Family Foundation Trust
  • John & Nancy Gordon
  • William & Suzanne Green
  • Terry & Margie Griffith
  • Sid & Elizabeth Harkema
  • John & Gwen Hibbard
  • Dirk & June Hoffius
  • David S. & Leslie A. Hooker
  • Robert Hooker
  • Marilyn Hunting
  • Mike & Sue Jandernoa
  • Donald & Bunny Johnson
  • Charles R. & Linda H. Johnson
  • Jeanne M. Kapenga
  • James & Amy Keane
  • Donald E. & Ann Kelley
  • John & Nancy Kennedy
  • Sue Kloostra
  • Wayne & Vicki Korson
  • Douglas & Raymonde Kramlich
  • Ping & Tim Liang
  • Kathleen Maine
  • Edward & Diana Marsilje
  • M. Lynn Martin
  • Barbara Mayo-Johnson
  • Mac & Pinky McPherson
  • Linda & David Mehney
  • Deborah Meijer
  • Jack H. Miller
  • Daniel & Kathleen Molhoek
  • Richard G. & Maureen J. Morrison
  • John W. Morrison
  • Jeanenne Morton
  • Katharine L. Neff
  • Arlene Obetts
  • Jeff & Peg Padnos
  • Todd & Jan Polavin
  • James & Marie Preston
  • Patrick Pullen & Linda Chamberlain
  • David & Kathleen Ray
  • Robert S.* & Phyllis G. Rood
  • Shirley J. Roskam
  • Alwyn & Chris Rougier-Chapman
  • Budge & Marilyn Sherwood
  • Mark Sherwood & Saralyn Coupe
  • Hilary F. Snell
  • John & Judy Spoelhof Foundation
  • Jesse & Becky Stewart
  • Helen & Fred Tallmadge
  • The Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation
  • Marilyn Titche
  • George & Kerstin Trowbridge
  • Frank & Sharon Van Haven
  • Connie Wenger
  • John L. & Carroll D. Wiener
  • Gwen Bolt & Dorothy Williamson
  • Stephen & Cheryl Wonch

Join

If you would like to become a member of the society, please contact Susanne Veeneman, Executive Director of the Foundation, at 616-791-3901 or susanne.veeneman@meijer.com.

2020 Annual Donor Event

For the first time in over a decade, we didn't gather at the Gardens for the Donor Event.

For 13 years, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation has held an annual Donor Recognition event
in June. This gathering recognizes Society members’ contributions and welcomes new Perennial and Bonsai Society members. It is an opportunity for Society members to gather and celebrate the Garden’s beautiful setting.

Because we all know 2020 proved to be anything but typical, the Foundation Board had to cancel the event. So in lieu of the event and as a way to extend that support, Meijer Gardens gift cards were purchased and sent to all Society members to encourage visits to the Gardens and to celebrate its reopening.

Despite the cancellation, the eight new members were mailed certificates of membership to welcome them into these Societies.

The Foundation provides solid financial support for the Garden’s facilities and programs relied upon by the Garden. This year more than ever, we appreciate the significance of each gift received by the Foundation. Thank you to everyone who has ever contributed to the Foundation and to everyone who donated this year despite these challenging times.

Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” This statement rings truer than ever this year. A gift to the Foundation supports the Garden’s hope for a brighter and more beautiful tomorrow. Society members are planting a seed in rich soil, so that it will bloom brightly in perpetuity for generations to come.