Detroit Flower House Creator to Present City’s First Flower Week


The creator of Detroit Flower House — a large-scale, sustainable floral exhibit held in an abandoned Detroit home last fall — will present Detroit Flower Week from Oct. 11-15. The conference will bring international floral designers and farmers to the city for presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities.

“Detroit Flower House was an unexpected sensation that inspired so many people in just one weekend,” says Lisa Waud, the creator of Detroit Flower House who also owns Pot and Box, an Ann Arbor-based full-service florist. “I wanted to bring everyone together again to lay the groundwork for more connections and collaborations, giving both designers and enthusiasts more time to share. From this idea, Detroit Flower Week was born.”

Open to flower enthusiasts, farmers, and more, Detroit Flower Week presenters will include floral designers such as British botanical artist Joseph Massie, sculptor turned designer Emily Thompson, European floral designer Francoise Weeks, Waud, and New York designers Ariella Chezar and Lewis Miller.

Lisa Ziegler from The Gardener’s Workshop in Virginia, Michael Genovese of Summer Dreams Farm in Oxford, and Heidi Joynt and Molly Kobelt of Field and Florist in Chicago will share business tips. Workshops with artists, including Detroit muralist Louise “Ouizi” Chen, Ann Arbor floral designer Susan McLeary, and Emily Katz of Modern Macramé in Portland, will also be held. The workshops will focus on floral painting, perfumery, and macramé.

Detroit Flower Week presentations and workshops will be held in the Jam Handy building, located at 2900 E. Grand Blvd., and will offer coffee from Red Hook and lunch from local food trucks. Saturday’s events will take place at the Detroit Public Library, located at 5201 Woodward Ave.

Individual day tickets, which provide access to daily lectures and the opportunity to attend workshops for an additional fee, are available for Detroit Flower Week as well a week pass for $550.

A dinner called Floral Renaissance: A Revived Interest in the Classics will be held on Oct.15 at the Detroit Public Library’s Adam Strohm Hall. Produced by event coordinator Detroit Cultivated, the dinner will be set beneath a floral installation by London designer Joe Massie and feature five courses with beverage pairings created by six Detroit chefs as well as entertainment from Detroit-based Double Winter. Tickets for the dinner are $175.

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