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GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- After years of work, the new Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is ready to open for the public.

Operators of the park will open the Japanese garden to the public on Saturday.

The project cost $22 million, with money donated Fred and Lena Meijer, the DeVoses, and more than 200 other people within the West Michigan community. Park operators say the garden was one of Fred Meijer's final requests before his death in November 2011.

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The garden is eight acres and features sculptures, boulders, waterfalls, different elevations, structures and a teahouse.

Japanese designer Hoichi Kurisu developed the plans for the garden, which turned a marsh and wooded area into the centerpiece of the 20-year-old park.

Operators of the park say the Japanese garden will change in the future.

"Gardens are never really finished," says Steve LaWarre, the Meijer Gardens director of horticulture. "It's a living thing that will continue to take shape and grow for generations to come."


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