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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Photographer Heather Saunders has written and photographed a book, “Flower House Detroit,” about the transformation of an abandoned Detroit house into a flower installation.

‘Flower House Detroit’ book available for pre-order

When Hamtramck florist Lisa Waud put together a team of florists last fall to transform the unlikeliest of canvases – an abandoned house – with flowers, the world took notice. The New York Times and Washington Post wrote about the house. Now, Flower House photographer Heather Saunders has written a book about the experience. Available for pre-order, “Flower House Detroit” is a 9-by-12 hard cover book filled with photos of the flower installation and reflections on the experience. The foreword is written by Waud, owner of pot + box. The 200-page book is $55; pre-ordered copies will be signed by both Saunders, a Royal Oak-based photographer, and Waud. Go to https://flowerhousebook.com/.

Win cleaning supplies, tips from Leon & Lulu

The first day of spring is just over a month away and if you’ve got spring cleaning on the brain, Clawson retailer Leon & Lulu can help. Leon & Lulu, which hosted a spring cleaning event this week with tips and cool products, is giving away a gift bag of cleaning supplies to one lucky reader. Send me an email and one reader will be randomly selected. Leon & Lulu is at 96 W. 14 Mile in Clawson.

Drummer Sean Dobbins will pay tribute to African-American musicians and composers during a Black History Month concert in Palmer Woods Saturday.

Palmer Woods’ Black History Month concert honors trailblazers

Palmer Woods’ Music in Homes series celebrates Black History Month on Saturday with a special jazz concert at 8 p.m. that pays tribute to pre-eminent 20th century African-American composers, musicians and trailblazers including Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The Black History Month Jazz Tribute, to be held in one of the beautiful homes in Palmer Woods, will feature drummer Sean Dobbins (pictured), bassist Kurt Krahnke, pianist Tad Weed and guitarist A. Spencer Barefield. Tickets start at $40 and include a special dinner. Go to palmerwoods.org or call (313) 891-2514.

English Gardens’ 14th annual Orchid Festival is on Saturday.

Orchid Festival includes free seminars, workshop

English Gardens’ 14th annual Orchid Festival kicks off Saturday with free seminars at all of its stores. The seminars, lead by various members of the Michigan Orchid Society, start at 11 a.m. with “Orchids 101,” followed by “Orchids 201” at 1 p.m. There also will be a Make It & Take It workshop for an orchid garden at 2:30 p.m.; the cost is $24.99. Go Englishgardens.com for store locations and hours.

Ladies Night Out at Art Van full of fun activities

It’s all about the ladies at Art Van Furniture on Sunday in Taylor and Warren. From 6-9 p.m., both locations will host Ladies Night Out. In Taylor, there will be free food, music and a fun Etsy avenue featuring the work of some local artisans. There also will complimentary makeup, nail art and massage; radio personality Rachael Hunter will host. In Warren, former “Access Hollywood” host and Detroit native Shaun Robinson (pictured) will MC the festivities. There also will be music and food, along with more than 25 local Mom-entreprenuers who will share their tips on starting your own business. Reservations are required; go to www.ladiesnightwarren.eventbrite.com for the Warren or www.LadiesNightTaylor.eventbrite.com for Taylor.

Clint Parker will be at the Cottage Fine Art Show, part of the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Thursday through Feb. 28. Pictured is his walnut rocking chair.

Cottage & Lakefront Living Show offers ideas, inspiration

Clint Parker is a Royal Oak-based furniture designer who makes beautifully handcrafted tables, chairs and plant stands from wood. He’ll be one of several artisans selling his work at the upcoming Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, which runs from Thursday through Feb. 28 at Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace. This year’s show features the Log and Timber Frame Showcase with floor plans, profiles, roof options, log species, and cedar siding. There also will be landscaping ideas and a list of cottages for sale or rent at the Cottage Living Center, sponsored by Michigan Blue magazine. Parker (whose work is pictured) of the Woodland Studio Fine Furniture will be part of the Cottage Fine Art Show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-14 and kids 5 and under are free. For hours and more information, go to NoviCottageShow.com.