Flower Day 2016 – First Sunday after Mother’s Day
This morning, I saw millions of blooms of vibrant colors bursting everywhere…
Flower Day Detroit Eastern Market – Standing Room Only!
Early this morning, as I walked the Michigan Detroit Eastern Market, I spotted thousands of transports filled with flowers; red wagons, purple carts, wooden carts, grocery carts and home made flower haulers. What is Flower Day?
View Eastern Market Mother’s Day Crowds
The morning air was chilly, but not freezing. The cacophony of excited flower and price negotiating chatter, hustling, was an effective distraction to the weather. However, by midday, it was sunny and comfortably warm.
There was old, and young, male, and female, tall, and short, adults and children, it was a blooming rolling spectacle of flowers moving on wheels!
There were wall to wall eastern market flowers, and flower shoppers. Walking shoulder to shoulder, baby steps, pressing forward to the next best deal. Parking was competitive, but there always a parking space that seems to open just in time for everyone.
Eastern Market Flower Day Prices:
Flats of petunias & marigolds; $9-10 dollars.
Impatiens & begonias; $10-12 dollars.
Hanging Baskets $8-40 (some where beautiful)!
Video – Eastern Market: Saturday 13th 2016 7AM
Flower Day Detroit Eastern Market
Daily – Summer
Wholesale/Commercial – Early mornings 2 – 6AM
Consumer 7AM – 7PM
Saturday Nursery, Garden Flower Sales—hundreds of farmers
East of I-75, South of Mack Ave, North of Gratiot
East of Tigers Stadium (Across the bridge)
Detroit Eastern Market Age:
Detroit Eastern Market Size
The market size is estimated between 40 & 45 acres of bustling buying & selling grounds, apprx 12-14 acres under sheds & display.
Flowering Bedding & Vegetable Garden Plants
Flats, Hanging Baskets, Pots,
Perennials, and Annuals
New Cultivars – This Year
- Lavender Blue. It’s a robust, sturdy with light pink blooms.
- Lavender Rose, which has rich, bright dark pink flowers.
- Salmon Night—This Geranium has salmon colored pedals and dark foliage; nearly black. The leaves are variegated, thin, and outlining the dark center.
Look for new varieties of ivy Geraniums; trailing vines that climb out of the pots and hanging baskets.
Largest Blooming Geraniums
This evergreen aromatic biennial is the largest geranium in the world. Leaves can grow to 40cm across! Pink pedals.
Geranium Martha Washington
These geraniums produce the largest flowers of all the geranium types.
Is one of the largest flowers of the blue varieties.
Eastern Market Flower Day Main Event
Flower Day – One week after Flower Day
Statistically Speaking – Flower Season
Vendor / Farmer Stalls – 150-200
Attendees / Visitors
- Flower Day – Estimated – 200,000-250,000
- Saturday Visitors – 30-000-50,000
Traffic / Crowds
- Heaviest during mornings, 7:00AM – Noon
Over 200,000 thousand quick, jittery, some fast walking, other slow walk , then pause and a look down in hypnotic trance. The Eastern Market is a fast or slow environment.
The Michigan Detroit Eastern Market is lined with old breakfast restaurants, and specialty shops.
There are ample parking lots, and structures, you can park anywhere that does not obstruct traffic (police turns a blind eye:) A typical 3 – 5 minute wait is all the patients you need to garner a prime parking spot.
Flower Buyers Guide