After months of preparation, the Flower House, a one-of-a-kind floral art installation in an abandoned house near Detroit, Mich., will be ready for visitors on Oct. 16-18. After the weekend is over, the house will be demolished and the property turned into an urban flower farm.
Floral designer Lisa Waud of Pot & Box, a floral studio with locations in Detroit and Ann Arbor, spearheaded the project after purchasing two neighboring homes last year in a foreclosure auction for just $500. Since then, she has launched a fundraising campaign, enlisted florists to participate, called on American-grown flower farmers for the flowers and had a preview event in the property’s smaller house in May.
During the weekend of Oct. 16, more than two-dozen florists from Michigan and across the country will fill 15 rooms of the larger home with flowers and living plants. It is estimated that the florists will use between 60,000 and 100,000 stems of cut flowers, all American grown, all of which will be donated by U.S. flower farmers, floral wholesalers and the Certified American Grown campaign.
As part of the weekend’s events, the Flower House will be the site of this year’s final stop in the 10-city American Grown “Field to Vase Dinner Tour,” an event designed to raise awareness about the virtues of buying American-grown flowers as well as the Certified American Grown program. The Oct. 16 dinner is sold out, and Kasey Cronquist, Certified American Grown’s administrator, shares that his organization is excited to be part of the Flower House’s mission. “The project is inspiring because it’s about American ingenuity, creativity and this rebirth of Detroit,” he comments.
The Flower House has been featured in local, national and worldwide media for innovation in floral design and repurposing forgotten structures in Detroit. After the events, the house will be responsibly deconstructed and its materials repurposed, with the land turned into an urban flower farm and design center.
Photos courtesy of Heather Saunders Photography