So, basically, I think the wildflowers in Detroit should be capitalized on, or at least have more attention paid to them. The only thing I know about is this Kickstarter-funded App that exists called Wildflowers of Detroit. Which is cool. But I think there’s room for so much more. Here are some ideas I’ve had milling around in my head related to Detroit’s wildflowers:
I think it would be fun to go out with a group and pick a bunch of wildflowers, make several bouquets, and then drop them off on the doorsteps of the neighbors near the lots where you picked the flowers.
These are a common occurrences on nature preserves that have fields of flowers. Well we have fields of flowers too. Ideally you’d want to find out who owns the lots and check in with the neighbors before leading wildflower tours but you could also just pick a more isolated area and kinda go rogue.
Someone should pick the pretty, dried up flowers that you find poking out of the snow in the winter and sell Detroit dead flower bouquets at Eastern Market and online. The great thing about selling them online is that you wouldn’t have to worry about the flowers dying when you ship them. This sounds a little morbid but myself and all my lady friends legit think that these dried up wildflowers are beautiful, and there’s no way we’re the only ones. The biz should be called “Phoenix Flowers” as a reference to Detroit’s city motto: “We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes”
This idea is like the above one but with the fresh-cut flowers. Again, they could be sold at Eastern Market and online, I think for a huge mark-up. I picked a bouquet of dill and wildflowers from the lot next to my house the other day. My boyfriend came over and thought the bouquet was from Whole Foods.