Internationally renowned Dutch designer Piet Odolf Detroit honored nature with a masterpiece.
Odof Garden Detroit (OGD), an outdoor garden on Belle Island, is open to the public this Saturday. The 2.5-hectare garden is 32,000 years old and has grass, one OGD. 90% of emissions come from Michigan producers.
According to the release, it is the first public garden to include all of Oudolf’s symbolic planting patterns – block, matrix and group.
Oddolf’s other masterpieces include New York City’s High Line, Howher and Wrestle in Somerset, United Kingdom; Luri Garden in Chicago, and Maximilian Park in Germany.
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Odolf’s latest masterpiece on Belle Island has seen some unique challenges over the past few years. A.D. When Detroit was hit by floods in 2019, Audolph redesigned the garden about three feet[3 m]above the ground.
The final product from Oudolf Garden Detroit Grounds Crew is the result of more than five years of volunteer work, the statement said. The team is supported by the Department of Natural Resources, the Bell Ell Conservancy, the Southeast Michigan Community Foundation, and others.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for OGDO will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be open to the public. It will be held in the garden in front of the Nancy Brown Peace Coalition. According to his release, Oudolph will not be attending the event due to travel restrictions.
“Detroit is very special to me. My bags were full, but sadly, this should not have been the trip. This garden is located on one of the most natural sites in any of my gardens,” Odolf said in a statement. It is also a place to teach you about plants because you see plants that you have never seen or have never seen before.
Go to www.oudolfgardendetroit.org for more information on the garden’s gardens, drone video coverage, interactive maps, location queries, the Latin Plant Names Guide and donation options.
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