46th Annual Flower Day at Eastern Market in Detroit

DETROIT, MI The Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA) and Eastern Market Corporation are partnering once again to host the most spectacular flower event in Michigan. The 46th Annual Flower Day is Sunday, May 20th, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Flower Day draws over 150,000 green thumbs, flower aficionados, photographers and more to Eastern Market each year creating the largest event of its kind in Michigan. Hundreds of flower, plant and tree growers from Michigan, Ohio and Canada will fill Eastern Market with over a million of the highest quality annuals, perennials, foliage, shrubbery, trees, exotics, tropical plants, flats, hanging baskets and combination pots for purchase. You are face to face with the experts that will answer questions and make recommendations about what to plant in various sun and soil conditions.

In addition to shopping for garden and home, there will be a wide array of special activities including four stages with local live entertainment, and the 13th Annual Wacky Wagon contest, sponsored by Carhartt. Contestants are encouraged to decorate their wagons and compete for prizes from Carhart in three themed categories: Best of Detroit Agriculture Wagon, Best Going Green Wagon, and Best Youth Created Wagon. Contest opens at 9AM- 1PM and the winners are announced at 2PM the winners do not need to be present to win.

Artisan Village is open as well as a majority of your favorite Eastern Market retail stores and restaurants are open for business and we bring in additional food and produce vendors to appease your palate.

Free, Children’s Merry Market Land will include all free activities such as Dan Dan the Choo Choo Man Train Rides, Carousel Acres Petting Zoo, Coloring Station, Face Painting and Petting Zoo, and Buskers will be performing throughout the Market.

Free Pick-Up, Drop- Stations, two free pick up drop off locations are available to check in your purchases so you can go back as many times as you want to keep on buying. Once you are done simply drive up to the locations and volunteers will help you load you vehicle.

Flower Day demonstrates the full potential of Eastern Market “said Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market Corporation “While Flower Day will remain our largest event, our plans include making every Saturday more of an event by hosting weekly cooking demonstrations, presenting more entertainment and more activities for people of all ages.

This event is sponsored in part by; Carhartt, Friends of Eastern Market, Greening of Detroit, MSU Extension Master Gardeners, and the City of Detroit Recreation Department.

FLOWER DAY HISTORY
Flower Day tradition began in 1965 when local flower growers sought a way to increase sales in the Detroit area. In order to increase awareness and availability of their plants, the group began displaying their greenery at Eastern Market on the Sunday between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. The tradition grew, and the abundance of flowers and plants for sale transformed Flower Day into the largest event of its kind in Michigan.

Eastern Market is located between Gratiot and Mack, bordered by Orleans and I-75 service drive just northeast of downtown Detroit. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 or visit the website at http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com.

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