Preparations take place for World Cup of Gardening competition on Detroit's Belle Isle in 2015


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DETROIT — Preparations are taking place for an international flower and garden competition on Detroit's Belle Isle.

The World Cup of Gardening is scheduled for June 16-21 at the island park, which is home to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

Event organizer John Cullen, who owns Celtic Gardens in Dexter, tells Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh ( ) that he hopes to draw up to 100,000 visitors. Cullen and Mike McClelland are raising about $1 million to launch the event.

Initial plans to hold the competition and exhibition in June 2014 were pushed back to next year. Belle Isle in February became a state park, with the Department of Natural Resources taking over management as part of a cost-cutting effort for bankrupt Detroit.


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