Meijer Gardens plans ceremony for Japanese garden - WNEM TV 5

Meijer Gardens plans ceremony for Japanese garden

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP) -

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is planning a boulder placement ceremony at the site of a future $22 million Japanese garden on its West Michigan grounds.

Tuesday's ceremony is open to the public and free for Meijer Gardens' members. Site tours are being offered afterward.

Plans for the "The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden" were announced in February.

It's named in recognition of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos Sr. and his wife, Helen, who are helping fund the project.

The 8 1/2-acre garden is being designed by Japanese landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu, who will oversee work in person. Construction is taking place.

The garden likely will open in 2015. Zen-style, moss and bonsai gardens are planned, as well as bridges, waterfalls and a tea house.

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