(SOLD OUT) Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf


The Garden Club of Michigan and Friends of Detroit Film Theatre cohost a special screening of Five Seasons, a new documentary about the internationally renowned Dutch master garden designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf. 

Piet Oudolf`s projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. 

At the invitation of the Garden Club of Michigan, Oudolf has committed to design a garden in Detroit and proposed a site on Belle Isle. Piet Oudolf and filmmaker Thomas Piper will be present at the screening to discuss the Belle Isle proposal with audience members. 

 “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

“Piet Oudolf’s contribution to Belle Isle will draw positive attention to the City of Detroit’s historically significant landscape of recreation and beauty. We see this opportunity as a prelude to future landscapes that will contribute to the beauty of Detroit’s neighborhoods.”

-Maurice D. Cox, Director of the City of Detroit Department of Planning and Development.

“Bringing the art of Piet Oudolf to the Detroit landscape is undeniably exciting for Detroit as a place of cultural and ecological resilience. This new public garden will add to the growing list of reasons to experience the city more fully, as a resident or a visitor.”

--Mary Carol Hunter, Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment, U of M

Note: The Crystal Gallery Cafe will be closed prior to the screening. It will reopen after the show for an afterglow with Piet Oudolf.