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Friday, October 16, 2015
5:00p - 8:00p EDT
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The Flower House
11751 Dequindre
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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Kathleen Williford, Event Coordinator
California Cut Flower Commission
P:  916-441-1701



Our final American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at the is sold out. However, a wait list has been created and should there be any changes in attendance, we will contact people accordingly. To be added to the wait list, contact Kathleen at

In the meantime, be sure you buy your tickets to tour the Flower House. Tickets to tour the Flower House are limited, so don't wait! Visit to buy your tickets today!  

On Friday, October 16th, the 2015 Field to Vase Dinner Tour wraps up its exciting year with a rare, artful, flower-filled experience -- and you're invited!

Guests of the Detroit Field to Vase Dinner will be treated to an exclusive setting at The Flower House, a one-of-a-kind art installation spearheaded by floral designer Lisa Waud of Pot and Box, a floral studio in Detroit and Ann Arbor.


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For three days in October, cutting-edge florists from Michigan and across the country will fill the walls and ceilings of an abandoned Detroit house with American-grown fresh flowers and living plants for a weekend installation.

The project has garnered worldwide media attention for innovative floral design and for the creator's plan to repurpose some of Detroit's forgotten structures.

Flower House visitors will be welcomed to a weekend of exploration, including a private Field to Vase Dinner celebrating this artistic use of American Grown Flowers.

In Lisa's words, this is what motivates her work:
"My inspiration for Flower House was born out of a long-standing fascination and adoration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's immense and ambitious projects. I knew I as in trouble when i first learned of a bridge in Paris wrapped entirely in fabric. I thought not "why?" but "how?" and then, when I saw the video of the floral installation for the 2012 winter/fall Dior show, something clicked into place.

I can't stop dreaming of what can be done in those empty rooms. I can't be more excited to fill them with flowers and people. This is the project of a lifetime. It's massive and absurd and terrifying and thrilling and I couldn't be happier to be in the middle of this floral chaos."
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Featured Florist: Susan McLeary, Passionflower

When we sit at the farm tables in the garden just outside The Flower House we will be treated to tabletop floral decor designed by Susan McLeary of Passionflower.

Susan’s design studio is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she specializes in flowers for weddings and events, floral jewelry commissions and floral workshops. She is one of the first florists to join Lisa Waud’s dream of The Flower House. Attendees will tour the entire house, including Susan’s botanically-transformed kitchen on the first floor of The Flower House.

Here's an excerpt from our recent interview with Susan:

F2V: Tell us how you plan to create more than 100 linear feet of floral tablescape for the Field to Vase Dinner guests to enjoy! 

SM: We are designing an American Grown garland down the center of the table, something simple and beautiful representing foliages and ferns. Into that garland we plan on inserting vases donated by Syndicate Sales. The vases will provide color and texture and they will be filled with all local, seasonal flowers grown by Cornman Farms of Dexter, Michigan. Cornman Farms is owned by the famous Zingerman’s specialty food company and their latest venture is a food and flower farm and event venue. We’re excited to highlight a local farm with the American grown greenery and garlands.

Susan has some BIG NEWS to share, and we are thrilled to announce it here: Her design studio Passionflower is the only design finalist in the floral category oMartha Stewart’s 2015 American Made contest! Check out the details and cast your vote for Passionflower!

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Featured Chef: Blake Reetz, partner in EAT

Blake Reetz, a partner in Ann Arbor-based  EAT, a catering and carryout restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal fare, is our featured chef at the Detroit Field to Vase Dinner. Get ready for a classic fall-inspired menu. "Fall is my favorite season," Blake explains. "I love the produce of the fall. I love the feel in the air. It's the time when we can incorporate root vegetables, winter squashes, apple cider and all that's available from local farms. We may live in a time where everything is available to us, but food is never as good as when that vegetable is supposed to be here." 

Along with partner Helen Harding, Blake feeds a loyal customer base motivated by this philosophy:

Our goal is to provide the best tasting food and the most personal service we can offer. We want the food to not only be approachable, but flavorful and exciting. Food is inherently beautiful. We strive to allow carefully-sourced ingredients full expression within authentic food traditions. 

Locally sourced, traditionally-made food, prepared and served with attention to detail creates a sense of abundance and well-being that will make every eat event truly special and uniquely yours. This business is a natural extension of our commitment to the community, to each other and to you. 

Here's a little more about the EAT team:

Blake Reetz was raised on the Reetz family centennial dairy farm in West Branch, Michigan, where eating seasonally and locally was a daily way of life and hard work built healthy appetites. Community events large and small centered around family and food, the harvest, the preparation and, of course, the eating. At eat, Blake brings a sense of place back to the table, coupled with a creative energy that finds its natural expression in food. Every meal becomes a feast.

Helen Harding was raised in Ann Arbor by parents with deep roots in the community. Helen has traveled and studied abroad, and found the experience only deepened her commitment to her home town. In Ann Arbor, with its heartland heart and global sensibility, Helen has found many lessons can be learned by just staying put. With eat, she would like to return the favor to the community that formed her, using everything she has learned to provide grounded, thoughtful and inspiring food and service.


Please note
: All Sales are FINAL. The Field to Vase Dinner will take place Rain or Shine. Please visit our FAQ Page for more details.   

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