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Eastern Market Flower Day Buyers Guide“
Eastern Market Flower Day Deals
This site is dedicated to helping shoppers get the best deals & enjoyable Eastern Marketing Flower Buying Experience
Detroit Eastern Market Flower Day Buyers Guide–EMFBG: How to Negotiate the Best Flower Bargains, Deals, Discounts, Savings – 30 Year Secrets Revealed!
You should never shop the Eastern Market without reading this ebook – here’s why
Here are the Eastern Market Flower Day Buying Methods that you’re going to learn about on this web blog:
1 – Greenhouse Growers
2 – Local Flower Fund-raisers
3 – Bad Weather & End of Day
5 – End of Season
6 – Group, Family, Organization
7 – Over Production
8 – Small Roadside Stands
9 – Cell Plant Count
10 – Distressed Plants
11 – “Can I Get 2-for…”
12 – Plug Culture 200-500 Plants/Flat
13 – Wholesale Buying Early Morning
14 – Neighborhood Group Buying
15 – “Long on”, How to Spot
16 – Late Evening Vendor
17 – Hostas Online Wholesalers
18 – Seed Germination | Easy
Better Eastern Marketing On Flower Day”
In this post, you’ll learn 15 proven ways to pay less and get more bedding plants this year Flower Day Eastern Market 2018. Jump ahead straight to the complete eBook here.
It Gets Better:
All of these Flower Day Eastern Market buying strategies worked on me–yes customers taught me all I know–I once worked a roadside flower stand. These same methods are timeless and are still applied during every gardening season.
Of the 17 tips checking cell count is the easiest and most efficient. Because it simply involves observation & math. We are free to use all methods to match with personalities, weather & demand.
These are good spirited techniques–conducted in the true friendly spirit of trade, others are simple observation and math; but anyone can save you money and ensure you have a better Eastern Marketing experience.
What Flower Personality Are You? The Science of Flowers
Do the flowers you buy say a lot about your personality…
Mad Science of Flowers Research
Our research has shown that flower lovers tend to purchase flowers that closely match their physical characteristics; tall individuals purchase taller flowers such as geraniums, cosmos and salvia. Conversely, shorter shoppers claim an attraction to impatiens and begonias. But the research also confirms that some subtle behavioral traits are also represented by the flower types shoppers claim as their favorites. High intensity personalities tend to like spikes, free-spirited individuals show favoritism to running vines or rambling petunias. The more anxious flower buyer the more likely they lean toward bright red passion colors such as geraniums. –Mad Science of Flowers Hee Hee
Who said flowers have no soul
Impatient like Impatiens
Sharp tongue Spike?
Proud Royal Geranium?
Lady Lady Like Pansy?
Teacher’s Pet Begonia?
Rich as African Marigolds?
Shy blue Ageratum?
Loud fun Angels Trumpet?
Social like a pak of Petunias?
Needy like a cluster of Phlox?
Light-headed like asparagus?
Hopeless Romantic like Baby’s Breath?
Cheerful & bright as Sunflower?I
Eastern Market Flower Day – Detroit
Flower Day and the color of a Thousand Blooms
There are a multitude of vibrant colors from black to white, light to dark, soft, to harder, dull to bright. There are colors to hypnotize all Eastern Market flower lovers; young, old, male, female, patriot, and first time visitor alike. Gardeners and flowers lovers everywhere, “come one come all.” Come in cars, buses, and trucks. The color of the market will be in full bloom on Flower Day. Come experience the Beauty of the Blooms during Flower Day. See the top varieties below.
Beauty of the Blooms Flower Day
Wholesale Buying – Eastern Market
Monday thru Friday 3:00 AM – 5:30 AM
But You Can Buy Flowers Wholesale Too!
This is one of Eastern Markets’s most well-known tips. If you can get to the market early in the AM, you can purchase flats at wholesale prices. I picked up 3 flats(48 plant ct) at Diaz Greenhouse Shed 3) at $7.50 each; no questions asked. Impatiens & Begonias can easily retail for $10 on Saturdays and at garden centers. Get EMFBG here.
“Bargains, Deals, Discounts Tip 13 Early Mornings at the Market.”
Retailers, landscapers, co-ops, apartment managers, small road-side nursery buyers are all walking the market. They arrive at the Market in large 48 footlong semi-trucks on down to small unmarked rental vans.
Early morning is the best opportunity to grab premium plants, and hanging baskets at wholesale prices. Just walk up, pick out your products, pay the grower.
Flowers & Flats
Can You Spot Bad Plants?
The Top Blooms Looks Good, but…
3 Red Flag symptoms mean plants could die in your garden
One occasion I have encountered all three scenarios over the years. I have bought good-looking plants at the market and other nursery retailers only to discover the plants are suffering from “plant stress” caused by various growing and handling conditions, despite my best efforts, the plants die in the garden.
These hidden plant related issues go unnoticed during the excitement of shopping, but you can avoid them if you know what to look for.
Are You Buying & Spreading Fungus, Insects to Your Garden?
The quality of plants can vary widely between growers and retailers. It’s important for the health of your garden to inspect your plants before spreading fungus, insects or disease to devastate your garden.
Can You Spot Bad Plants at Eastern Market during Flower Day?
DID YOU KNOW – 3 Signs plants will die in your garden.
Let’s Take a Closer Look – Before You Buy
- Spot check under blooms for small white aphids – a poor greenhouse insecticide issue passes to customers.
- Check for dark stems at the base of plant – fungus over moister, watering issues can cause gardening issues.
- Brush hand over-top of blooms, if blooms pop off, plants are suffering from light deprivation; plants been on truck to long. Growers sometimes leave plants on trucks and return to the market with the same load several times vs unloading at greenhouses.
Some growers leave plants on trucks for extended periods of time. This causes sun deprivation, it is evident by darkness at the base stem of the plants. Although they may have pretty top blooms, these plants might experience fungus problems and your summer garden will visually suffer.
EMFBG TIP 2 – More Rain, Lower Flower Prices
Eastern Market Flower Day Deals – One very rainy day occasion, I drove around an came across a school’s annual flower sale fundraiser. It was a gloomy rainy day; overcast and clouds killed the flower buying mood. I stopped by and chatted with the participants, giving honest compliments on all the great looking plants they had on display. There were lots of backyard Hostas and other expensive perennials–all dug from their own gardens. I started to buy a couple of items, but wait! This moment represents an opportunity for bargains, deals, and discounts! I estimated there was several hundred dollars worth of retail inventory of perennial plants, tulips, Hostas several varieties, Pachysandra, lilies, black-eyed Susan’s, asters, lavender, and others. It was near the end of the evening, rainy, and gloomy. I didn’t have my truck but made an offer to buy the remaining inventory for $200 if the guy with the pickup truck will take all this stuff to my house. They gladly accepted the offer because nobody wanted to load all those muddy plants back into their vehicles.
I gladly tipped the driver $50 for a ten-minute drive.
Savings: There had to be appx $600 in fully mature, healthy garden plants with 90% being perennials.
Drive around, check for street banners, small town local papers, make Local Flower Fund Raisers part of your flower hunting routine.
Cash Talks – Bargains, Deals, Discounts
It is always cash, it is never cards or checkbook, it is always cash, and compliments.
Always purchase bulk, try to make the big deal of the summer from one spot.
When to Shop Around
Keep an eye out for time of day–late evenings are best, weather–rainy.
Reduced Foot Traffic
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EMFBG TIP 2 – Several days of non-stop rain can substantially reduce foot traffic. Reduced foot traffic means vendors are not selling as much.
The quality of plants can vary widely between growers and retailers. It’s important for the health of your garden to inspect your plants before spreading fungus, insects or disease to devastate your garden. Always review reference this site to ensure better eastern market flower day deals.
Ever Changing Flat Sizes
Graphically Speaking – The infographic illustrates the relationship between higher bedding plant prices & reduced plant count over the years. —Source EMFBGA
Read Flower Buyer Guide Before You Go
The tips that I share in this ebook are from personal experiences. Over the years I began to analyze how certain customers got great flower deals out of me–I was even happy to oblige. Some customers actually made me feel good giving them a good deal.
The Detroit’s Eastern Market Market is the place to be on Eastern Market Flower Day – It is the place thousands of trucks will roll into the market. Thousands & thousands of vehicles will converge on the Detroit’s Eastern Market Flower Day. Tens of millions of gardening flower lovers will converge to Detroit for the 150th annual flower day event.
A Must Read eBook Before Visiting the Market!
EMFBG – Learn to Spot Flower Day Best Deals
17 Great Tips
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Read eBook Before Visiting Eastern Market and get 2X More Flowers!
Bedding Plants – A Gardener’s Dream Come True
If you hate going to the nursery, or if you hate paying high bedding plant prices, then this website is for you, this is the place to learn how to get cheap annual flats. Buying gardening plants the traditional way will become a thing of the past. There are no better methods to get cheap gardening plants. Using the methods in this website will help you get flowers at wholesale prices even on Flower Day.
Free Tips for getting the best flowers for the best price.
Annuals, Perennials, Bedding Plants, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, Marigolds, Dusty Millers, Geraniums and more.
Hey! 4 Free Tips From the Book!
EMFBG Tip #2
Number of Plants in a Flat – Historically Speaking…
Forty years ago, a flat of bedding plants contained a total of 96 plants. Over time that plant count slowly reduced from 96 plants per flat down to 54 plants per flat, then 48 plants, 36 plants. Today it is 24’s 18 plants, 12 plants, it is not uncommon to find a measly twelve 4″ pots sold as a full flat priced of $10-12 for only 12 plants! 2X your plant count by doing the following…
The thing here is that there are still some 54s and 48s to be found on the flower market. This presents the opportunity to get a 30%-50% immediate cost reduction. You can 2X the flowers you get for your buck even on Eastern Market Flower Day.
Why You Need This Website!
Garden Plant Prices Are Rising
This website will be absolutely crammed with Bedding Plant Bargain Tips on how to reduce your bedding plant costs, including PlugCulture related techniques on how to buy and produce your own gardening plants.
EMFBG Tip #5
Cold Weather and Plants – No Stunted Plants
I also was amazed at how easy and under cold and low-temperature conditions flowers will actually not die, but grow. I’ve observed rural farmers grow acres of garden plants and flowers by laying simple two pieces of wood (2×4’s) on either side of a flat of bedding annuals and then cover them with a sheet of plastic or white cloth. The young seedling flats of 48s grew even through the cold April and May weather. Believe me, it is super easy to grow your own! NO expensive greenhouse required in some cases!
EMFBG TIP #15
If you are walking the market on Eastern Market Flower Day and spot a large display of a single variety bedding plant, chances are that grower has experienced a situation that led to overstocked merchandise and is anxious to get rid of it.” This is referred to as “being long on.” In peak season, just knowing what to look for can get you $12 healthy, beautiful begonia flats for only $6!
EMFBG TIP #13
Early Bird Deals – Did you know you can arrive 5 am early in the morning (preferably in a van) and purchase the best garden plants & flowers at wholesale prices? Pay $25 for hanging baskets retailing at $50. Learn More About Flower Day.
“With EMFBG, any price is possible.”
In Full Bloom
Detroit’s Eastern Market is now “Is In Full Bloom” – 200,000 Flats & Baskets of Color!
I saw one hundred thousand shades of full blooms spread all over concrete parking lots, and sidewalks. The Market was blooms on blooms, in flats & baskets, blooms on top of blooms. No, no, it was flower pedals, on baskets of pedals, in flats of pedals, all in full bloom! The Market had colorful blooms at the top of racks, colorful blooms bulging at the middle of racks, rainbow of blooms busting the rack at the seams, yellow pedal blooms, pink pedals at the tip of every flower stem. The multitude of colors was even covering the entire ground, spreading from the top north of the Market to the end tip near Gratiot Ave. Flowers on carts, in wagons, and flowers on the edge of tables. Full blooms were represented in many shades of many colors, southeast Detroit never looked so good from the moon! Boom there goes hanging baskets, large, medium, and small, all different shades of color; beautiful, something for everyone. A bloom here an bloom there, matching color for every eye. Did I mention the Detroit Eastern Market had millions shades of peach color flowers, in every basket size, flats, tray,s pots big and small?
The Detroit Market is a summer delight, bright and bustling with people and color. It is another prolific destination for serious and devout gardening and flower enthusiasts. It is the first spring destination because of it’s thousands bright vivid, wide range of multitude flats, baskets in full bloom.
One rainy and chilly morning as I walked the Michigan Market, I spotted bundles of multi-colored blooms sitting in a thicket of color. The morning air was filled and smelled of floral perfumes. Yes, this type of colors crammed in one spot is attractive as its density of color catches the eye toward blooms of pure beauty. However, on this occasion, the thicket of color; yellows, pinks, reds, purples, and whites were covered, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. This big bang of color gave the crowd an almost pinkish hew, a unique contrast with the Market of Full Blooms posing as all eye’s of he crowd lusted at the floral center piece. The on-lookers stared as though they had been hypnotized into a state of stoic admiration. As the crowd passed, along the full length of the long walkway, each person had a moment to be mesmerized. This “in full bloom. Flower Day spectacle, looks like an endless blooming Jewel.
The above photos of full bloom at the Detroit Market may be the best sea of color a flower lover can experience, but I did manage to capture many sceneries just before it all started to dissipate in hours by the hoards of full bloom, flower loving hoards of buyers.
The sun had not yet fully rose and softly disturbed this morning beams on the full bloom scenery as the flowers location was spot lighted by the sun; flowers below, blooming twenty feet high, and the darling morning market was quite. But this rainy cool morning was quickly about to change as the sun slowly rose, it brought in the anxious hoards who immediately encroached on the Northern Michigan Detroit Eastern Market’s location, the sun rays also quickly melted any light frost off the nearby branches on some shrubbery. I had to quickly gird up and try to press into the crowd to get this particular photo shot.
Lessons Learned From Walking the Detroit Eastern Market
The Michigan Detroit’s Farmers Market is a very alert and bustling shoulder to shoulder of friendly polite flower shoppers. They scan the flower laden isles to single out a potential blooming opportunities; located near and distant in every direction; it is therapeutic and brings a slight adrenaline rush. I noticed the hoards all had an aura of satisfaction as they quickly distinguished their individual mindset based on something that caught their eye. The hoards are very observant and intelligent garden flower shoppers. Then again, they need to be, in order to spot the best eastern market flower day deals as they walk the market.
From all over Michigan, Canada, and other nearby states… The hoards… have arrived!
About the Michigan Detroit Eastern Market
Full Bloom – Michigan Historic Identification
Photos Taken: Detroit Eastern Market
Location: Downtown, Near Fords Field, Gratiot (south)
Name: Eastern Market
How Big is Eastern Market?
The Michigan Detroit Eastern Market is nearly 5 acres with, flower and produce farmers, and vendors retail year round.
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.
Habitat: The Michigan Detroit Eastern Market is lined with old breakfast restaurants, and specialty shops. There are plans to destroy this old world charm by large financial institutions to modernize the area––tragic, tragic.
Parking: There are ample parking lots, and structures, you can park anywhere that does not obstruct traffic––police turn a blind eye:) A typical 3 min wait is all the patients you need to garner a prime parking slot.
History of SHEDS
SHED 2 Center of It All – Built 1898
SHED 2 Center of It All – Built 1898 – The Detroit’s Eastern Market Eastern Market Flower Day is the place to be on Flower Day – Detroit’s Eastern Market Eastern Market Flower Day is the place thousands of trucks will roll into the market. Thousands & thousands of vehicles will converge on the Detroit’s Eastern Market Eastern Market Flower Day on Flower’s Day. Tens of millions of gardening flower lovers will converge to Detroit for the 150th annual flower day event. History of the SHEDS. SHED 2 is considered as the main gate from Detroit’s past into the present.
When Were Sheds Built? -Historical time-line Video
Watch short Eastern Market timeline video (1min).
Shed 5 April Saturday Morning.
What days are Easten Market Open? Yes, eastern market sheds are open on Sundays.
Market activity or visitor traffic is heavy, inventory is light in mid-April. Only a few vendors with minimum garden plant inventory on display. All other sheds are similar in products on display and visitor traffic. Shed 6 was empty; for the exception of only one nursery vendor.
Why are Eastern Market Structures Called Sheds?
The term “Shed”was used back in the early 1800s when local farmers raised a shed to sell their produce for shelter against the elements; early temporary structures were flimsy. To accommodate the large increasing agricultural commercial industry in Detroit, several sheds were erected over strategic areas throughout the city.
(The Eastern Market Structures are Called Sheds)
In the early years there were several such farmer produce sheds or structures scattered throughout the city of Detroit. But, as the farming age was transformed from agriculture to industrialization, the sheds also experienced several transformations during this time as sheds were slowly being replaced and modernized by the changing architecture and expanding urban renewal.
- Documentations confirm that the original market was located in Cadillac Square, and it was later relocated to it’s present location.
- Tenative Sheds—including Shed 1 & 2 —were already being contructed as early as 1891.
The term origin of the term “shed” has since faded from public memory; few city individuals even know the true meaning of the word “shed” except those few who represent an unbroken chain of generations who make the annual pilgrimage to the good old historic Detroit Eastern Market’s annual events such as Flower Day.
The current Eastern Market is the lone survivor of originally several designated markets that was located throughout Detroit in the early years(1800s).
Only 3 Sheds Numbered 2, 3, 5?
Some visitors to the market notice that there are a total of only three shed designation numbers with large orange numbers on the roof tops. But, the numberings are for only Shed 2, Shed 3, and Shed 5?
(Shed 1 located at “southern end” of market – Built 1891-demolished 1967; current parking lot)
(Shed 2 located at “southern end” of market – Built 1898-victorian double arched architecture)
(Shed 3 located at “southern end” of market – Built 1922)
(Shed 4 located at “mid-market” of market – Built 1938-more of a connecting cooridor)(Shed 5 located at “northern end” of market – Built 1939)
(Shed 6 located at “northern end” of market – Built 1966)
(Sheds 2, 3, & 5 are obvious, Sheds 1, 4, & 6 are not)
Inquiring visitors want to know...
Where are Sheds 1, 4, and 6?
Shed 1 was located just south of the where Shed 2 stands today. Shed 1 was originally built in 1898 then, almost 40 years later it was torn-down in 1967 due to the expanding freeway systems. So officially Shed 1 no longer exists—it is currently the parking lot.
(Shed 1 no longer exists – “southern end” of market – Built 1841; demolished 1967)
Shed 4 does not resemble any of the large structured sheds and displays no mark or shed name on its frame. Shed 4 is the free stand-alone open-air connecting structure that sits between Sheds 3 and 4. Ist is currently painted a rust orange it is considered a walking path between Shed 3 and Shed 5.
(Shed 4 is located “mid-market” – Built 1938)
This structure also display’s no name or title. It is located at the northern end of the market. It is simply referred to as the section with the tall roof-top or high canopy, “you know, the area upfront with the raised sidewalk.”
(Shed 6 is located at the “northern end” of the market – Built 1966)
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Fastest Market Entry
During special Eastern Market events and other high traffic weekends.
Eastern Market Flower Day – Most visitors exit I-75 then immediately make a left turn on Mack. This route could take 20-30 minutes in bumper to bumper traffic to eventually snake around and finally get into the market.
There is a much faster way:
1 – Exit I-75 then shoot straight across Mack.
2 – Stay on the service drive (1minute).
3 – Make LEFT turn at first street (Wilkins).
4 – You’ll be in the market center in 3 minutes.
So, while others are sitting in the long lines, you have found the first available parking space and shopping the market:)
Using this route for many years. One crowed weekend I used this method and as soon as I crossed Russell two cars were pulling out, I jumped right into a prime spot right in front of the Eastern Marker office building.