welcome to flower house park
the flower house exhibition ticket sales provided the revenue needed to responsibly deconstruct the house to make way for a flower farm, as was the original plan. but after reflecting on the project, creator lisa waud had a different idea: to design a extraordinary park—with plants well-suited for cut floral design.
from lisa: bringing flower house to life was a truly life-changing experience—and expensive! i spent the year following the deconstruction of the house disappointed that there was no budget to design and plant the flower farm that i envisioned during the exhibition. it wasn’t until a (re)visit to the high line in new york in 2017 that i realized i had a unique and urgent opportunity to create something beautiful for the community that made flower house happen. while a flower farm would obviously be a stunning scene, i wanted to offer a place of solace for the neighbors to enjoy. and for yet another year after i was struck with my vision for a park, i could only daydream about how it might come to fruition.
in august 2018, i was invited to speak at the grand hotel garden show on mackinaw island, hosted by proven winners. i hadn’t given my presentation about the project in quite a while, and it was a particularly moving experience when i did that day for over 750 guests in the audience. after i told the flower house story, i connected with so many new friends about the power of beauty and community, and the spirit of the city of detroit. and then, just a week later, i found myself reading an email from proven winners telling me they would love to support the creation of the park. i thought my heart was about to shine out of my chest!
so, it is with much joy to announce that on saturday, october 6th, 2018, we planted the flower house park—with thanks to proven winners and their regional growers at spring meadow nursery, walters gardens, and four star greenhouse for supplying the shrubs, perennials, and annuals.
please visit the park anytime at 11751 dequindre, in hamtramck, michigan.
can’t visit but still want to help? you can contribute the cost of a perennial, shrub, tree, or bench here. we’ll be improving the park for years to come.