“Due to the outpouring of generosity from donors and the community, we were able to reach and exceed our $22 million capital campaign goal in early June,” said President and CEO David Hooker.
Original plans called for construction to begin in January or February of 2013, but now groundbreaking will start months in advance.
Initial construction to the site will begin in the coming weeks, as we are eager to work on our latest endeavor. For safety reasons, the work site has been surrounded with fences and signs before construction starts.
The new garden, located in the northeast corner of our 132-acre property, will convey the essence of the Japanese tradition—tranquility, simplicity and beauty. The garden’s design elements will include scenic bridges, waterfalls, a tea house, and zen-style, moss and bonsai gardens, among other features.
Garden Designer, Hoichi Kurisu, plans to move to Grand Rapids in August to oversee the design and construction of the new garden. A special boulder-setting ceremony is planned for this fall.
Keep checking for monthly updates about The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden on this blog and our webpage until its completion in spring of 2015!