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Flowers on Felch



Waud, thirty-two, a preternaturally cheerful brunette with a spray of freckles, concedes that an old, mixed-use industrial building hard by the Ann Arbor railroad tracks isn't the most likely location for a flower shop, but she thought it was perfect--funky appeals to her, and somehow the fact that her front room looks more like the back room of most flower shops suits her style. "I took one look at the space and I was, like, 'Yes! I love it!'" she says.

She moved Pot & Box Container Gardening Services into the new space in mid-February. When she started out in her basement three years ago, it was strictly a service business taking care of other people's flowers and plants. "I branded it Pot & Box because I wanted to specialize in container gardening," she says--flower pots and window boxes. She plants herbs like lavender, tarragon, rosemary, and thyme in the long boxes outside Eve Aronoff's Kerrytown restaurant, and this spring she plans to install a "living wall" in the back room of another client, Jerusalem Garden. It's a floor-to-ceiling hanging made with modular planters called Woolly Pockets that she'll mix with a variety of vines and flowers. And she's looking at creating a garden for Beezy's restaurant in Ypsilanti--atop an outdoor walk-in freezer.

Waud grew up in Petoskey and studied horticulture and landscape design at Michigan State for three years. She wound up completing a BA in Culture, Text, and Language from Evergreen State College in the state of Washington. A dedicated blogger, she says her passions are "plants, horticulture, and writing."

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