October 19, 2016

A look back at Detroit Flower Week

Autumn is a wistful time, for we Michiganders know that winter is just around the corner, so what better time for a last gasp of garden season? Lisa Waud is the creator of Flower House and the owner of Pot & Box floral design. She teamed up with event designer Haley Lertola of Detroit Cultivated to present Detroit Flower Week, which brought together internationally acclaimed floral designers and flower farmers for a week of presentations and workshops at the Jam Handy Building, an eye-popping installation at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, and opportunities for learning and floral enjoyment.

Words + Photos by Sarah Rose Sharp.

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Flower Week organizers Lisa Waud (left) and Haley Lertola.
Flower Week organizers Lisa Waud (left) and Haley Lertola.
Detail and installation view of British botanical artist Joseph Massie's installation at the Detroit Public Library, the scene of a closing night dinner reception on October 15.
Detail and installation view of British botanical artist Joseph Massie's installation at the Detroit Public Library, the scene of a closing night dinner reception on October 15.
The Jam Handy was jam-packed with floral installations, from arrangements to hanging displays.
The Jam Handy was jam-packed with floral installations, from arrangements to hanging displays.
Detail and installation view of British botanical artist Joseph Massie's installation at the Detroit Public Library, the scene of a closing night dinner reception on October 15.
Detail and installation view of British botanical artist Joseph Massie's installation at the Detroit Public Library, the scene of a closing night dinner reception on October 15.
The week's curriculum included flower arrangement workshops and presentations by international floral designers.
The week's curriculum included flower arrangement workshops and presentations by international floral designers.
Working to achieve balance in expansive arrangements is an art form, made more challenging by use of materials with a short shelf life.
Working to achieve balance in expansive arrangements is an art form, made more challenging by use of materials with a short shelf life.
Alchemy (http://www.alchemyhenna.com/blog/the-alchemy-vardo), a pop-up shop in a painted wagon, offered a collection of niche natural skin-care & botanical fragrances.
Alchemy (http://www.alchemyhenna.com/blog/the-alchemy-vardo), a pop-up shop in a painted wagon, offered a collection of niche natural skin-care & botanical fragrances.
resenters included The Bloom Project (https://thebloomproject.org/), which reclaims flowers used for one-off events, such as weddings and galas, and uses them to create bouquets to donate to hospice and palliative care patients.
resenters included The Bloom Project (https://thebloomproject.org/), which reclaims flowers used for one-off events, such as weddings and galas, and uses them to create bouquets to donate to hospice and palliative care patients.
A market featured an array of flower accessories, including artisinal One Gather vases by artists Michelle Plucinsky.
A market featured an array of flower accessories, including artisinal One Gather vases by artists Michelle Plucinsky.
A market featured an array of flower accessories, including artisinal One Gather vases by artists Michelle Plucinsky.
A market featured an array of flower accessories, including artisinal One Gather vases by artists Michelle Plucinsky.