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Flower House in Detroit (Photo by Heather Saunders) paired with Versus Floral Print Playsuit.

Flower House in Detroit (Photo by Heather Saunders) paired with Versus Floral Print Playsuit.

A year ago, florist Lisa Waud bought an abandoned duplex in Detroit for $250. Condemned and crumbling, the house bucked redemption: shingles peeling like scabs, bottle shards tiling the floor, leaks striping the walls, trash towering knee-high, a dead dog buried in the rubble. And yet, Waud had a vision of the house as a venue for vanguard floral installation: Inviting florists from Michigan, Ohio, New York and Canada, Waud and her talented team transformed the Hamtramck property (aided by 36,000 blooms) into Flower House for one weekend only (last weekend). Part art installation, part urban memorial, part tribute to American growers, the Flower House will soon be razed: flora composted, building materials repurposed, and land replanted as a seasonal farm for Waud’s flower business, Pot & Box. An ephemeral enchanted garden (perfect for playsuit romping).

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