Luckily, I had the privilege of meeting the floral mastermind behind Flower House Detroit last week at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. Lisa Waud, of Pot and Box in Ann Arbor, has become my flower hero. She told the story of how this project came to be from beginning to end. It was one of the most inspiring and beautiful stories I had heard in a long time. I was holding back the tears as she spoke. Not only had she conjured up what I believe to be the most proper farewell to a house that was once a home filled with life, but she had actually made it happen- with tenacity, perseverance, and community.
On Friday, October 16, 2015 Flower House opened to a sold out crowd. And people kept coming for three days straight. Why? Because a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lisa explained that the idea of Flower House was inspired by two things. The massive and temporary art installations of Cristo and Jeanne-Claude and the Christian Dior fall/ winter couture show of 2012…
From inspiration to creation.
So, Lisa and her flower community brought life and joy to this house in Detroit one last time. It will now be carefully disassembled so that the lumber and fixtures can be reclaimed and reused. In its place Lisa plans to grow a cutting garden to supply her studios with ultra local blooms throughout the late spring to early fall months.