GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP) – Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan is opening its $22 million Japanese garden after several years of construction.
The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden makes its debut for the public on Saturday at the Grand Rapids attraction.
The roughly 8-acre project features traditional components including waterfalls, boulders, authentic Japanese structures such as bridges and gazebos, and a functioning tea house. Contemporary sculpture is being integrated among the garden’s trees and plants.
The garden is designed by Japanese landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu, who worked over the past few years to transform a marsh and wooded valley into the garden. It includes Zen-style and bonsai gardens. Those involved say the new garden seeks to be a place of tranquility, contemplation and beauty.