Meijer Gardens Announces $22 Million Plan

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is planning a $22 million Japanese garden on its West Michigan grounds that could open in 2015 or 2016.
Officials with the Grand Rapids cultural attraction on Wednesday announced that the 8 1/2-acre garden will be designed by Japanese landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu.
It will be called "The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden" for Amway co-founder Richard DeVos Sr. and his wife, Helen. Excavation could begin as early as this year, with groundbreaking planned for no later than the spring of 2013.
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park's President and CEO David Hooker says the Japanese garden was billionaire retail pioneer and philanthropist Fred Meijer's last major wish for the cultural attraction that bears his name.
Fred Meijer died in November at age 91.

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