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Meijer Gardens reports best-ever year

January 11, 2016
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The Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens spans eight acres and features a three-acre pond. Photo by Johnny Quirin

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is reporting that 2015 was a great year.

Meijer Gardens said today that more than 775,000 guests visited during its 20th year, up from about 650,000 in 2014.

In 2015, many programs centered on the theme "Welcoming the World."

In April, Meijer Gardens celebrated its 20th anniversary with the dedication and installation of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's outdoor sculpture "Iron Tree."

The exhibition "Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan" displayed more than 60 works that previously hadn't been shown outside of Japan.

And in June, The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden opened. The $22-million garden took years to build and offers a place for tranquility and contemplation that integrates contemporary sculpture with trees and plants.

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