Film on acclaimed garden designer Piet Oudolf at the DIA

The Garden Club of Michigan and the Detroit Institute of Arts auxiliary Friends of Detroit Film Theatre will co-host a program at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 that includes the documentary “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” and a conversation with Oudolf and filmmaker Thomas Piper. Oudolf’s garden in the Netherlands has become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design. In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim and was given the Netherlands’ Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award in 2013. Along with being the co-founder of Future Plants, a company specializing in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas, Oudolf has also co-written many books. His projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel in Paris, the High Line in New York City, Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Serpentine Gallery in London, England, and Italy’s Venice Biennale. 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. Oudolf and Piper will be present at the screening to discuss the Belle Isle proposal with audience members. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and FDFT members and are available at

Winter Sale at IKEA

Check out the post-holiday deals during the IKEA Winter Sale featuring up to 50 percent off select items throughout IKEA stores and online through Jan. 10. Find everything from furniture to decorative accessories, kitchen goods and more at discounted pricing during this seasonal event. For information, go to

Ring in 2018 with party bling

Whether you plan to ring in the new year by spending a quiet night at home or hosting a more traditional celebration, you can always find the right decor to mark the occasion. From celebratory banners to streamers and everything in between, look for colorful accoutrements from sources like Party City to get your rooms ready to welcome 2018. For information, go to

Make It & Take It Workshop at English Gardens

English Gardens presents free seminars, a Make It & Take It Workshop and the introduction of a Kid’s Club in January starting with the free seminar: Improve Air Quality with House Plants from 1-2 p.m. on Jan. 6. Other free seminars later in the month include Fairy & Mini Gardens, Arranging Fresh Flowers and Healthy Eating with Herbs. Advanced registration and fees are required for the Kid’s Club: Plant an Enchanted Fairy Garden and the Make It & Take It Workshop: Fresh Floral Arrangement. For information, go to

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