World renowned Dutch gardener and landscape designer Piet Oudolf has agreed to make a garden on Belle Isle. THIS IS A HUGE DEAL FOR US GARDENERS! This garden will draw visitors from all over the world to our city. The Garden Club of Michigan reached out to him and he said «Yes I will come to Detroit and make a garden!». He came to Detroit and has since said he can feel the energy here and knows he made the right choice. His own garden in the Netherlands first made him famous. Since then he has become world renowned for his radical approach and ideas about planting design. In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim and was given the Netherlands’ Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award in 2013.
Oudolf co-founded Future Plants, a company specializing in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas. His projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel in Paris, the High Line in New York City, Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Serpentine Gallery in London, England, and Italy’s Venice Biennale. Belle Isle is about to join a very select list of beautiful places to visit.
The Garden Club of Michigan has so far raised $150,000.00 to get started with the design. Our local communities will need to raise $600,000.00 more for the installation, plus another 2 million for the endowment fund to care for the garden over the next 20 years.
The design process starts in the next few months with the plantings to begin in 2019.
Being involved in a process like this should excite every gardener in Michigan. We should all be a part of this wonderful thing that is soon to be happening in our own backyard.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE PLEASE VISIT THE WEB PAGE
@ oudolfgardendetroit.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. You can also sign up to receive emails to keep you up to date on the process.