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Meijer Gardens unveils plans for Japanese Garden

8:30 PM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
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  • Image Courtesy: Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - Japanese Garden Map
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park unveiled plans Wednesday to create a Japanese Garden.

The three year project will cost $22 million, transforming a wetlands area on the north side of the park.

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Richard and Helen DeVos will be the title sponsors of the Japanese Gardens.

The designer, Hoichi Kurisu, will spend at least two years in Grand Rapids to oversee the project. Kurisu was born in Hiroshima, Japan.  Kurisu has created similar Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL., Portland, OR., and Delray Beach, FL.  However, Meijer Gardens officials believe their project will be better because it will integrate a sculpture park in the project.

The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden will also include a working Tea Room that will likely be open by appointment only.

So what is a Japanese garden?

A Japanese garden is not about the plants; it's about the aesthetics.  The garden will utilize plants that are native to west Michigan, but they will be used in a way that creates a simple, yet harmonious environment.  The three words used by Meijer Gardens to envision the project are "Tranquility, Simplicity & Beauty."

The site will also feature a major work from sculptor Anish Kapoor.

The official opening of the Japanese Garden is expected in 2015.

By Stanton Tang

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