At the invitation of The Garden Club of Michigan, Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf has agreed to create a new public garden on Belle Isle. Piet's past projects include the Lurie Garden in Chicago and the High Line in New York.

Oudolf has chosen a site in proximity to the Carillon Tower with strong potential for contemplation and beauty. I have no doubt that this landscape will infuse layers of texture, color, natural form and ecology, bringing lasting aesthetic interest, design excellence, and international repute to Detroit.
Director, Planning & Development Department
City of Detroit


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Piet Oudolf, perennial plant designer of the iconic Lurie Garden, is the premier garden designer for public landscapes today. His designs are both artistic and ecological, connecting the history of the site with aspirations for the future of the community in which he is designing. Piet designs gardens that attract attention from gardeners and non-gardeners, alike, with relatable but yet complex plant arrangements that evoke the natural history of prairies, meadows, and woodlands while still being highly artistic. Piet’s gardens are more than just artistry, they attract numerous wildlife—birds, insects, and animals—for the enjoyment of all in the garden.
Executive Director
Millennium Park Foundation

Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌpit ˈʌu̯dɔlf]; born 27 October 1944) is an influential Dutch garden designer, nurseryman and author. He is a leading figure of the "New Perennial" movement, using bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses which are chosen at least as much for their structure as for their flower color. (Wikipedia)


For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.
— Piet Oudolf
What is Oudolf Garden Detroit?
Oudolf Garden Detroit is an all-volunteer group dedicated to placing and maintaining a Piet Oudolf designed garden on Belle Isle in Detroit. The Belle Isle Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving Belle Isle for the people of southeast Michigan and its visitors, serves as the fiscal sponsor for Oudolf Garden Detroit. Piet Oudolf is the internationally renowned Dutch garden designer and horticulturist who created the High Line in New York City and the Lurie Garden in Chicago. His public gardens transform people and places.
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