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Oudolf Garden Detroit & Anna Scripts Whitcomb Conservatory Tour

Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 9:30am - 12:30pm

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The Oudolf Gardens of Belle Isle designed by perennial garden master, Piet Oudolf opened to the public on August 28, 2021. His work at the High Line in New York City and Lurie Garden in Chicago are major successes. What began as a love letter from Detroit, sent to Oudolf has become a reality after more than five years of hard work and perseverance.

Join us for a guided tour of the entire herculean project starting with a simple wish, to the completion of this magnificent public garden. It has been said, a public garden designed by Piet Oudolf, arguable the world’s best garden designer, is a gift to the community that will keep on giving for generations. We will spend an hour in the Oudolf Gardens, and wrap up with a self-guided “splendor” stroll through the Anna Scripts Whitcomb Conservatory’s exotic and rare collection of plants from around the world.

The Conservatory is the oldest continually-running in the United States, and is divided into various “houses”. The Palm House includes tropical trees and palms, the Cactus house, succulents and cactus, the sunken Fernery. The Tropical House is food providing-plants, including bananas, oranges, figs — and the Show House has changing displays of fl owering plants. Whether an anthophilous or fl oraphile — botanist, plantaholic, or simply a lover of gardens and nature, this morning on Belle Isle is sure to please. In light of the Oudolf gardens being a non-profit, a $5 donation is requested. 

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