Last November Michigan-based florist and floral artist Lisa Waud of Pot & Box spent $250 at a public auction to purchase an old, abandoned house in Detroit. Every room of the house contained a knee-high sea of broken bottles and trash. But despite all the garbage, Waud looked at the neglected house and saw a beautiful vision. She intended to invite florists from Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Canada to turn the house into a temporary art installation using tens of thousands of flowers.

It took a year of planning and three days of non-stop work by dozens of volunteers to make Waud’s marvelous Flower House an enchanting reality.

“Flower House now contains room after room of independent flower designs and installations that flow together to create an immersive blooming environment. The piece is part art installation, part memorial to Detroit’s history, and an effort in sustainability and responsibility to American-grown flower farms.”

The flowers were donated by flower suppliers California Cut Flower Commission, Mayesh, and Nordlie. Tickets quickly sold out for the 3-day exhibition from October 16th-18th.

“When the installation is finished, Reclaim Detroit will demolish the house, leaving only an empty field. Materials taken from the structure will be repurposed into new objects like cutting boards, guitars, and tables. Waud intends to then utilize the land as seasonal farm to help supply flowers like dahlias and peonies for her floral business Pot & Box.”

For more photos and to learn more about this wonderful project visit the Flower House project website.

Photos by Heather Saunders

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Due to a struggling economy, the city of Detroit has its fair share of abandoned houses. Lisa Waud decided to do what she could to convert just one of those homes into something positive. 

Teaming up with florists from across the country, Lisa transformed the deserted and run down home into a gorgeous installation. 

Abandoned Home in Detroit Transformed Into Floral Installation

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A Flower Farm Blooms From An Abandoned House In Detroit

The Flower House, created by florist Lisa Waud and several dozen collaborators from around the country, opened in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck for about 2,000 visitors. The brief exhibition is only the first stage in Waud’s plan for the site, which will eventually be home to a flower farm.

A whimsical idea for a floral installation turned into so much more.

(Credit: Heather Saunders Photography, Instagram)


Abandoned Detroit home scooped up from foreclosure to be festooned with flowers
This October, a team of florists from around the country will converge on a dilapidated two-story house in Detroit and fill it to the brim with fresh flowers and greenery.

Flower House, the brainchild of Detroit-based florist Lisa Waud, is just one of many projects that grapples with the challenge of revitalizing a struggling city while also honoring and respecting its complex history.


La belleza emergente, flores que adornan los escombros de una casa abandonada, un homenaje a las ruinas. Lisa Waud una diseñadora-florista nos deja entrar en un universo destruido pero lleno de flores de todos colores y aromas. Su proyecto “Flower House”, donde Lisa compró una casa abandonada en Detroit, Michigan por tan solo $250 dólares, y con la ayuda de compañeros floristas convirtió prácticamente un basurero en una obra de arte con flores como sus  protagonistas. 

La instalación se llevo a cabo con más de 36,000 flores, se tardo un año de planeación y de trabajo duro por parte de todo el equipo. ¿Su propósito?  Crear conciencia sobre la sustentabilidad y responsabilidad de las granjas y florerías americanas por restaurar las áreas que se han visto afectadas en su localidad, así como reconstruir las casas que están abandonadas y en malas condiciones, y darles ese toque de vida a través de flores y plantas.

Sin duda un proyecto bastante interesante y único, si bien varios artistas han hecho obras con flores, esta sobrepasa las anteriores y eleva la escala de este tipo de arte. He visto hermosas fotografías sobre esta instalación, les comparto algunas para que se den una idea de lo que con creatividad, ambición y un propósito se puede lograr.  

También los invito a ver este video acerca del proyecto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UzkYzWgjqM