Meijer Gardens tours Japanese Garden site
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park knows when The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden should be completed — and it’s offering tours of the under-construction site this weekend.
The Japanese Garden will officially open in June 2015.
The tram tours will venture beyond the construction barricades, along the north trail for views that haven’t been available to the public in more than a year.
Significant construction progress has been made, including the erection of the front gate, teahouse and other prominent features taking shape.
The tour tickets will be sold for the standard tram rate: $3 for adults and $1 for children and sold on a first come, first-serve basis.
Walking the Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden is in the northeast corner of the 132-acre property.
It will convey the essence of Japanese traditions: tranquility, simplicity, spirituality and beauty.
The garden’s design re-imagines existing features of the land, water, elevation changes and quiet surroundings.
Once completed, a viewing hill will overlook the garden, providing a significant vantage point.
Visitors will hear the sounds of falling water from two waterfalls, which will also provide a sound barrier from the areas surrounding the Japanese Garden.
There will also be three islands, with the main island accessible by a walking bridge and located at the center of the garden. Beaches and gazebos will inhabit the central island, creating a spot to sit and reflect.
The teahouse will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture by participating in tea ceremonies.
Hoichi Kurisu, president and founder of Kurisu International, designed the Japanese Garden.
He has more than 40 years of experience designing and building gardens. He has supervised the construction of the Portland Japanese Gardens and designed the Anderson Gardens in Rockford, Ill., and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden in Delray Beach, Fla.
Japanese Garden open dates
June 10, 2015: private dedication ceremony
June 11-12, 2015: opens to members
June 13, 2015: garden opens to the general public