About the Project:


Oudolf Garden Detroit is spearheading the effort to bring a garden designed by Piet Oudolf to Detroit in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Detroit, the Belle Isle Conservancy and others. Piet Oudolf is best known for his work with the High Line in New York and Lurie Garden in Chicago.


To learn more about Mr. Oudolf and his work, visit https://oudolf.com/

To learn more about Oudolf Garden Detroit visit oudolfgardendetroit.org


The project started with an invitation from the Garden Club of Michigan to Piet Oudolf to consider a garden in Detroit. He visited Detroit in April 2017 and was inspired by a site on Belle Isle adjacent to the Nancy Brown Carillon Tower.

The Garden Club of Michigan raised the initial funds for Mr. Oudolf to investigate the site and prepare the designs. The next phase of the project will be the effort to raise $2.7 million to cover the installation costs as well as an endowment fund to ensure the garden can be maintained in perpetuity.


Oudolf Garden Detroit is a local group of volunteers dedicated to creating and maintaining a Piet Oudolf public garden in Detroit. We operate under the Belle Isle Conservancy 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Funding is provided by private donors, businesses and institutions. The garden will be endowed to fund maintenance into perpetuity. For more information please visit: