18,000 plants going into the ground for Belle Isle's new garden

Posted: 5:47 AM, Jun 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-11 17:38:32-04
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DETROIT (WXYZ) — Visitors will now have one more reason to visit Belle Isle.

Construction of a new, ground-breaking garden begins today – 18,000 plants will go into the ground as world-renowned Dutch designer Piet Oudolf brings this masterpiece to life.

The new garden will take up an acre and a half of land on Belle Isle with 90 percent of the plants coming from Michigan growers.

And so far, 600 people have signed up to volunteer their time to help plant this September.

Oudolf's resume includes gardens at Millennium Park in Chicago and Battery Park in New York City.

This garden in Detroit will be named “Oudolf Garden."

"Not only for people, but insects, butterflies, bees," said Piet Oudolf. "It has so much to offer to the environment. I think that's also part of my work.”

The garden is expected to be open in the fall of 2020.