"Fred and Lena Meijer shared their love of Japanese Garden design with us many years ago. This artistic, centuries-old yet timeless horticultural presentation style is an important contribution to this organization."
~David Hooker, President and CEO, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
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The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden
We're happy to announce plans for The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. One of the most revered and deeply appreciated international garden styles, the 8 1/2-acre addition will further our organization's dual mission of horticulture and sculpture.
Tranquility, simplicity and beauty are the very essence of a Japanese garden. Our dedication to horticulture, sculpture, nature and the arts will be greatly enhanced by such a garden. Based in centuries of philosophy and tradition, the Japanese garden is widely admired as among the most artful horticultural practices. Fred and Lena Meijer had long appreciated the traditions and experiences of the Japanese garden. In 2009, Fred Meijer articulated his and Lena’s shared love of Japanese gardens and asked about adding one to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. During the planning process, it became quite apparent that the concept was universally popular with horticulture and culture enthusiasts alike, but general audiences as well. In keeping perfectly with the mission of Meijer Gardens, a Japanese garden would not only be popular with members, volunteers and supporters, but with the more than 550,000 guests that visit the organization from across the globe. The universal response to Meijer's inquiry was resoundingly positive.