Have Flowers, Will Travel
Delivering more than just pretty bouquets, Lisa Waud of the Pot and Box flower truck is changing Detroit’s floriculture scene from the ground up.
Planting the seed For Lisa Waud, growing up in northern Michigan meant spending summer days hiking in the woods, where fallen trees doubled as balance beams. She channeled her love of plants into landscape-design studies and eventually put down roots in Detroit. "I love finding something that isn't a flower arrangement and getting inspired by its structure, texture or color," she says, explaining why the Motor City's architecture provides fertile creative ground for a florist.
Farm to vase An advocate of the slow flower movement's mission to support domestic growers, Lisa sources only American-grown plants. "We create jobs and minimize our carbon footprint when we tighten the radius of where our flowers come from," she says. Lisa picks up fresh cuts from Detroit-area flower farms and then parks in the city to sell. Some people still approach her rad flower truck expecting tacos, but word of the traveling floral shop is spreading.
Rooted in Detroit Lisa gained national attention in 2015 after transforming a neglected Detroit home into an art installation called Flower House. Floral artists from all over North America filled the house's 17 rooms with lush displays using only domestic plants. After the installation ended, Lisa tore down the house to cultivate a 1½-acre flower farm, set to open this spring with floral workshops.
Follow those flowers A Craigslist ad for an old, beat-up ice cream truck turned Lisa's dream of owning a mobile flower shop into a reality. Track the truck, which Lisa dubbed Scoops in honor of its origin, at potandbox.com.