Ideas, like people, evolve and change. What you’ve done in the past should be remembered. But it is what you do today that truly matters.
So Lisa Waud and her friends could have sat back, popped open an adult beverage and talked endlessly about an October 2015 event they created called Flower House. It was an amazing experiment, creating a short-term art installation made completely of flowers, plants and imagination within a Hamtramck home.
Instead, Waud’s crew are back with their floral inspiration with Detroit Flower Week. The event, which runs from Oct. 11 through 15 at locations around the city, is a conference that stands completely on its own yet has a foundation in Flower House. In other words, it’s going to be pretty, amazing and pretty amazing all at the same time.
Detroit Flower Week brings internationally acclaimed floral designers and flower farmers to Detroit for a week of presentations, workshops, and opportunities for learning and connecting in the spirit of the Flower House project.
“Detroit Flower House was an unexpected sensation that inspired so many people in just one weekend – the experience changed my life,” said Waud, creator of Flower House and owner of Pot & Box. “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.”
Presenters at Detroit Flower Week 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. Attendees will learn tricks of the trade from these design luminaries.
Industry leaders like Lisa Ziegler from The Gardener’s Workshop, Michael Genovese of Summer Dreams Farm in Oxford, and Heidi Joynt and Molly Kobelt of Field & Florist, will share business tips, encouraging guests to branch out on their own.
Additionally, hands-on workshops with artists, including Detroit muralist Louise “Ouizi” Chen, Ann Arbor floral designer Susan McLeary, Emily Katz of Modern Macramé and more will delve into explorations of floral painting, perfumery, and macramé.
Programming for Detroit Flower Week will be based out of the Jam Handy building at 2900 East Grand Blvd., Detroit, and will host coffee and conversation each morning from the Red Hook, and lunch from local food trucks each afternoon. Saturday’s events will take place at the Detroit Public Library at 5201 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.
Flower 4The week’s events will culminate in a dinner called, Floral Renaissance: A Revived Interest in the Classics (the Detroit Flower Week Dinner), produced by Detroit Cultivated at the Detroit Public Library’s Adam Strohm Hall. The dinner, from 8-11 p.m. Oct. 15, will celebrate a rebirth of sustainability in food and flowers, set beneath a mind-blowing floral installation created by London designer Joe Massie. Two-hundred and fifty guests will enjoy a five course seated meal with beverage pairings created by six of Detroit’s hottest chefs, including Kieron Hales (Zingerman’s Cornman Farms), Brad Greenhill (Katoi), Kate Williams (upcoming Lady of the House), Nikita Sanches (Rock City Eatery), Heather Anne (Sweet Heather Anne) and Detroit Ento. Detroit-based Double Winter will be providing tunes throughout the evening.
Tickets are available to Detroit Flower Week per day or for the week. A day pass gives guests admission to daily lectures and the opportunity to attend workshops for an additional fee. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.detroitflowerweek.info.