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Record attendance at Meijer Gardens with Japanese garden debut
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GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens had record attendance in June following the debut of its new Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden.

More than 80,000 guests visited Meijer Gardens in June, 25 percent higher than any other June on record, including 2010 figures during the Dale Chihuly exhibition and the 2004 opening of the Lena Meijer Children's Garden.

ID=71051808The $22 million Japanese garden opened to the public on June 13 after several years design and construction. It features waterfalls, elevation changes, authentic Japanese architecture, a functioning teahouse, and a Zen-style garden.

The Japanese garden was one of Fred Meijer's last requests before he died in 2011.

Over 600,000 people visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park annually. It was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper.

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