American florists rising to the challenge of making a neglected room look gorgeous would have been amazing enough. But Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box and architect of The Flower House figured why not go for 15 rooms instead. I wrote about it back in July, and you can read my first post here.
Blame it on Dior, whose fall/winter 2012 couture show massed flowers like they'd never been gathered before. As shown in just one video of the idea, take a look at the G-Fresh Flowers sponsored clip.
The floral rooms Dior envisioned and realized in Paris three years ago showed Lisa it could be done. She merely changed the venue to Detroit, and inspired dozens of designers from North America to lend their imaginations to every flower-lover's dream. No small effort any way you cut it.
|A preview installed in May lends a touch of reality to the fanciful presentation.|
Would the Seattle writer, even one who has her finger on the pulse of all things floral, know about the Detroit project? Turns out I needn't have doubted it. I e-mailed Debra, who I'd met through Garden Writers, and asked her about it. She'd already interviewed Lisa on a recent podcast, gave me a little info, and invited me to the Field to Vase Dinner, which will be held Friday. Tickets to the dinner, my first foray into field to vase, are already sold out.
So I've been e-mailing back and forth with Lisa about the project and the future of the land on which The Flower House sits. After the big event this weekend, the house will be torn down to make room for Lisa's fresh flower farm. And she'll be growing peonies! Of course, I'm always excited when my favorite flower is recognized for its beauty, and growing peonies for cut flowers is perfection personified!
|Jamie Platte with Larissa Flynn and Jennifer Riley-Haf of Bloom |
(photo by Megan Newman, Weber Photography)
I had the pleasure of meeting one of the designers for The Flower House when I was in Michigan last month. Jamie Platte of A. R. Pontius Flower Shop in Harbor Springs, MI was more relaxed about the process than I thought she'd be.
But she's had nearly a year to think about it. Jamie will pair up with Liz Andre-Stotz, of Parsonage Events to create their room at The Flower House. They met during the preview design work in May. Jamie also knows Lisa, who she went to school with, and Larissa Flynn and Jennifer Riley-Haf of Bloom Floral Design, who also will take part in The Flower House design.
"We will work together and come up with something colorful representing the seasons of Michigan," Jamie said. "We might go with fruits and vegetables for color."Designers won't be using the typical oasis for their creations, so they'll need to choose flowers with some staying power.
"We've been collecting vials for the flowers, but mostly we’re planning to use flowers that won’t be hurt to be out of water," she said, mentioning Ruscus, Hydrangeas, Alstroemeria…
As an actor and musician, Jamie is familiar with improvisation. She recognizes the opportunity to design a room in The Flower House as improv in the extreme, because it's really impossible to imagine what the end product will be. But with as many flowers as Lisa is expecting from growers throughout the country, it can't help but be beautiful.