Detroit Could Host World Cup Of Gardening Next Summer

DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit has hosted some notable events over the years, from the Super Bowl to the Grand Prix. Now, someone wants to bring the World Cup of Gardening to the Motor City.

The six-day event, set for June of 2015, got the unanimous approval of the Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee on Thursday.

John Cullen, president of the World Cup of Gardening, told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas the event showcases gardens and landscapes from award-winning designers from around the globe.

GALLERY: World Cup Of Gardening Features Designs From Renowned Artists

“We’re bringing over 10 of the world’s most talented garden designers and they will compete for the World Cup of Gardening,” he said. “They’ve proven themselves and have won prestigious awards in their own countries. We have artists from South Africa, Japan and from across Europe.”

Cullen said the artists bring innovative designs, classical aesthetics and their unique personalities to the dramatic world stage through a competition and celebration of gardening.

In addition to the show gardens, the event will feature a children’s garden, rooftop gardens, celebrity designed gardens, floral displays, a Belle Isle Marketplace and a variety of wine, spirits, beer and food trucks.

The annual show could pump up to $60 million into the local economy. The plan is now awaiting approval from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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