Weekend Getaways-In The Garden

June 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids opened its newest addition to the public this past week with the unveiling of the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. The three-year project by garden designer Hoichi Kurisu and Kurisu International combines traditional Japanese garden features with contemporary sculptures.

Visitors wind their way around the Lena Meijer Pond past waterfalls, across bridges and through gardens as they explore eight acres of contemplation and reflection. An authentic Japanese teahouse, built in Japan and then dismantled and rebuilt in the gardens, offers traditional tea ceremonies by appointment. For more information or to plan a visit to the gardens, visit www.meijergardens.org.

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A light rain falls as a visitor photographs the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden Monday at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. The 8-acre garden features a variety of traditional Japanese elements including waterfalls, boulders and ponds with an emphasis on contemplation and reflection.
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Visitors duck under branches hanging across a path as they stroll by “Long Island Buddha” at the newly opened Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. The large copper sculpture by artist Zhang Huan, based in Shanghai, is among the contemporary pieces on display at the garden which opened this past week.
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Water flows over boulders and past a Japanese Maple at the South Waterfall, one of the many water features at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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The stainless steel sculpture “Four Open Squares Horizontal Gyratory-Tapered” by George Rickey, installed 16 inches above the Lena Meijer Pond, is among the pieces featured at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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A Japanese maple tree frames a boulder along a pathway at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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A Juniper bonsai tree joins dozens of varieties including Japanese Maple, Japanese Black Pine, Ponderosa Pine and others on display at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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Gravel raked to represent water ripples surround carefully placed boulders in a Zen-Style Garden Monday at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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Gravel raked to represent water ripples surround carefully placed boulders in a Zen-Style Garden Monday at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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Boulders are reflected in the waters of a man-made pond at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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A water basin welcomes visitors at the entrance to the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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“It Will Continue to Grow Except at That Point” a bronze sculpture by artist Giuseppe Penone greets visitors as they explore the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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Claudia Judson, left, from Grand Rapids, joins her granddaughters, Ella Heddinghaus, 10, and Lily Heddinghaus, 12, not pictured, as they sketch scenics at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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Trees are reflected in the ponds at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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A stream flows over boulders at the south waterfall Monday at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.
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Gravel raked to represent water ripples surround carefully placed boulders in a Zen-Style Garden Monday at the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

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