what was flower house?

during the third weekend of october 2015, cutting edge florists from michigan and across the country filled the walls and ceilings of an abandoned detroit house with american-grown fresh flowers and living plants for a weekend installation friday, october 16th through sunday october 18th, with an estimated 3,000+ visitors.

after the october installation weekend passed, the house that held the exhibition was responsibly deconstructed and its materials repurposed. in spring 2017, the land will be converted into a flower farm and design center for project creator lisa waud's business pot & box on their formerly neglected properties. 

the first weekend of may 2015, the flower house team hosted a preview event in a neighboring vacant house to whet the whistles of interested florists, curious visitors, and potential sponsors. the project has been featured in local, national, and worldwide media for innovation in floral design and repurposing forgotten structures in the city of detroit.

the spirit of flower house lives on in the pages of project photographer heather saunders' book. 

what was the flower house mission?

sharing the flower house experience rooted in a love of art
building an exhibition that brings visitors awe and joy
creating an opportunity for florists to participate in an innovative floral installation
pursuing a passion for sustainability and responsibility to american-grown flower farms
showing respect for the city of detroit’s history through the reuse of one abandoned house

enriching as many lives as we can

the moving video created by our friends at hello future films, presenting flower house to the world. [WATCH HERE]

the moving video created by our friends at hello future films, presenting flower house to the world. [WATCH HERE]

the second in a two-part video series with martha stewart and GMC, flower house creator lisa waud talks about the planning and installation of flower house and her love of detroit. [WATCH HERE]

the second in a two-part video series with martha stewart and GMC, flower house creator lisa waud talks about the planning and installation of flower house and her love of detroit. [WATCH HERE]



detroit flower week

DURING THE INSTALLATION OF DETROIT'S FLOWER HOUSE, FLORISTS FROM ACROSS THE US AND CANADA CAME TOGETHER
IN A COLLABORATION NEVER PREVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED.

TAKING PLACE OVER THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FLOWER HOUSE PROJECT, DETROIT FLOWER WEEK OFFERED OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING + CONNECTING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE PROJECT, OFFERING WORKSHOPS, DISCUSSIONS, INSTALLATIONS, AND LECTURES.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAGICAL WEEK WE HOSTED AT DETROITFLOWERWEEK.INFO


much appreciation

HEATHER SAUNDERS: FOR GIVING ONE THOUSAND PERCENT--THERE WOULD BE NO FLOWER HOUSE WITHOUT YOU
LIZ ANDRE-STOTZ: FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND FORTITUDE (AND DIRTY JOKES)
HOLLY RUTT: FOR BOTH GROUNDING THE PROJECT AND ENCOURAGING BIG IDEAS
SUSAN MCLEARY: FOR YOUR FLOWER HOUSE DREAMS AND BOTTOMLESS RESOURCE-SHARING
LIA COLAPIETRO: FOR COUNTLESS TRIPS UP AND FOR CONVERTING ME TO DANSKOS
JANET MARTINEAU: FOR YOUR TREK NORTH AND ENDLESS MUSCLE AND VISION
ISHA FOSS: FOR YOUR VISION AND GRACE
KELLI GALLOWAY: FOR TRAVELING & NOT BEING AFRAID OF HARVESTING ON THE I-75 MEDIAN
MARTHA DEFLORIO: FOR YOUR CREATIVITY AND ENERGY
JAMIE PLATTE: FOR COMING DOWN & INSTALLING SOME AMAZINGNESS (WITH NO SLEEP OR FOOD)
ADRIANNE FINELLI: FOR ALL THE ENCOURAGING POSTCARDS & YOUR HOPPING INTO THE ACTION
KATHERINE YATES: FOR HUSTLING (LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO)
SARA CONKLIN: FOR SLAYING YOUR TIGER LILY CHALLENGE
JENNIFER HAF & LARISSA FLYNN: FOR MAKING THE TRIP DOWN TO CELEBRATE AND DREAM
BILL STOTZ: FOR BEING OUR BILL AND SHARING YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH PREVIEW
HARRISON SAUNDERS: FOR HELPING ME HOIST THE HEAVIEST PLYWOOD AS HIGH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE
JASON EDDLESTON & STERLING OIL: FOR BEING NEIGHBORLY AND SHARING YOUR LOTS
TOM JANKOWSKI: FOR THE DUMPSTER--AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE!
JEREMY HAINES: FOR EDUCATING US ABOUT THE DECONSTRUCTION SCENE IN THE CITY
RECLAIM DETROIT: FOR CLEANING UP THE TIN HOUSE FOR PREVIEW
DEBRA PRINZING: FOR MAKING THE VOYAGE TO EXPERIENCE PREVIEW & FOR THE ICE CREAM (I'M GLAD YOU DIDN'T MISS YOUR FLIGHT)
KATHLEEN WILLIFORD: FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM FROM THE START
CALIFORNIA CUT FLOWER COMMISION: FOR YOUR CROSS-COUNTRY FLOWER SUPPORT
NORDLIE: FOR YOUR ABUNDANT FLORAL DONATIONS
MAYESH: FOR THE BOUNTIFUL BLOOMS AND FOLIAGE
ZINGERMAN'S DELI: FOR THE TASTY PARTY FOOD
DETROIT BUS COMPANY: FOR THE FLORISTS' BIKE TOUR
JEFF HERRON: FOR SUPERVISING THE CREW EACH EVENING FROM BIKE TOURIN' TO INSTALLATION TO CELEBRATION
LAURIE TENNENT: FOR SPONSORING THE VALET, BRINGING LUNCH FOR US FLORISTS, AND FOR YOUR IMMENSE SUPPORT
MONIQUE @ ALCHEMY: FOR CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF FLOWER HOUSE AND FOR RUNNING ENTHUSIASTIC ERRANDS
STEVE @ VG KIDS: FOR THE TOTES RAD TOTE BAGS
MARIE-ANCOLIE: FOR OUR FIRST DONATION
NA + ROB @ HELLO FUTURE FILMS: FOR DOCUMENTING THIS CRAZY PROJECT
DEBRA PRINZING: FOR YOUR BOTTOMLESS ENCOURAGEMENT
LIZ + HEATHER: FOR TALKING SENSE INTO ME
LILY STOTZ: FOR THE LOGO
TOM NARDONE: FOR THE SWEET RIDING MOWER
ANDY, JEFF, JASON, KRIS, MIKE, NOAH, GEORGE, + RORY: FOR SHOVELING SHIT + MASSACRING SHRUBS
KATHY ANGERER: FOR GUIDING ME THROUGH MY POST-AUCTION DAZE
CHRISTO + JEANNE-CLAUDE: FOR YOUR PLUCKINESS
AND, TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR INDIEGOGO CONTRIBUTORS