Win Pewabic’s Eastern Market tile

As part of its upcoming 26th annual House & Garden Show June 2-5, Detroit’s beloved Pewabic Pottery is introducing a new tile that features an iconic city institution: Eastern Market. The tile ($95) is the latest addition to Pewabic’s new “Postcards from Detroit” giftware series and looks like beautiful postcard etched in clay. It is one of several pieces that will debut at the House & Garden show, which kicks off with a preview party gala Thursday. The show will feature the works of more than 80 ceramic artists from across the country. It officially opens to the public June 3. If Eastern Market holds a special place in your heart, send me an email at about why; one lucky reader will win the Pewabic tile. For hours and more information about Pewabic’s House & Garden show, go to and click on events or call (313) 626-2000.

Final farewell for Flower House

Call it the Flower House’s last hurrah. With deconstruction about to begin of the abandoned house where Detroit floral designer Lisa Waud created a head-turning floral installation last year, the pot & box owner gave it one last send-off last week with a surprise floral installation. Spreading the word via social media, Waud gave visitors just 24 hours notice that she was creating something. When they arrived at the Flower House, she’d assembled 1,000 blue delphinium and a few anemone and ranunculus. “I have had a few weeks of nonstop flower events and I needed to do something creative, and there it was,” says Waud. More than 200 people stopped by to check out the twilight installation. Once Flower House is deconstructed, Waud plans to plant a flower farm for her business.

Cranbrook House & Gardens unveils free app

Cranbrook House & Gardens is going high tech. The region’s oldest surviving manor house has designed a free smartphone app that offers tours, an interactive map and visitor information. Designed to enhance the visitor experience, the app offers three distinct tours of the gardens: a tour for general visitors, one for arts and culture lovers who want to learn more about the sculptures and other garden elements, and one for botanical fans who’d like to learn more about the extensive plantings. The app also will have videos; historic and current images; audio; and text. Meanwhile, Cranbrook House & Gardens also is offering free admission to its garden thanks to presenting sponsor PNC Bank, along with sponsors All Seasons Independent Living and Roberts Restaurant Group. To learn more about Cranbrook’s app, go to

Corktown tour kicks off June 5

It’s called a home tour, but up-and-coming businesses also will open their doors for the upcoming Corktown Home & Garden Tour from 12-5 p.m. June 5. “We have some cool renovation and construction locations this year like the Bagley Trumbull market across from Cece’s and the new Trumbull and Porter hotel,” says Blake Almstead, one of the organizers. The 1960s Trumbull and Porter hotel was built in the 1960s as a Holiday Inn and has recently undergone a massive $9 million renovation. Detroit interior designer Patrick Thompson of Patrick Thompson Design created the hotel’s sleek, updated look (pictured). Tickets to the Corktown tour are $15. They’re available the day of the tour only at the Gaelic League of Detroit, 2068 Michigan Avenue.


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