New Japanese Garden breaks attendance records

The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden (June 8, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Frederik Meijer Gardens broke attendance records for the first two months following the opening of the new Japanese Garden.

More than 80,000 guests visited Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in June — a 25 percent increase from any other June on record.

In July, more than 101,000 guests visited Meijer Gardens making it the best attended month the organization has ever seen.

>>PHOTOS: Inside the Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens

The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden opened to the public on June 13. It features waterfalls, authentic Japanese sculptures and a tea house.

The sprawling, eight-acre garden went into motion in 2011 when Meijer Gardens CEO David Hooker said Fred Meijer mentioned he wanted to create a Japanese Garden. It was one of his last requests for the botanical garden and sculpture park.

Entrance to the Japanese Garden is included in the admission price to Frederik Meijer Gardens, which ranges from $12 for adults to $4 for young children. Kids age 2 and under receive free admission.

Visitors can also pay an additional fee to take part in special events at the tea house.

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The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden

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