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Flowers transform library’s Adam Strom Hall

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

A 3,000-square-foot floral installation inside the Detroit Public Library’s Adam Strohm Hall created a breathtaking backdrop for diners at a special weekend dinner to cap off the first-ever Detroit Flower Week.

The installation was designed by renowned British botanical artist Joseph Massie, who recently concocted a display with 5,000 roses for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.

Massie worked for more than five days on the display along with a team of volunteers from all over the country, creating a special grid from which flowers, berries and branches were suspended. The installation was juxtaposed against the hall’s gorgeous coffered ceiling.

“Flowers are the last thing we add,” said Massie during an interview late last month.

Massie said he wanted to design something very natural “as if you were in the most breathtaking part of Michigan on a beautiful autumnal day,” he said.

More than 200 people ate underneath the installation during a special five-course dinner Saturday. It was the final event during the weeklong Detroit Flower Week, organized by local floral designer Lisa Waud.


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