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Flowers on Felch



A year and a half ago, Waud started selling flower arrangements from a little cart outside Everyday Wines in Kerrytown. Response was good, and that spurred her to open the shop. She sells fresh flowers and floral arrangements and particularly enjoys creating arrangements in unexpected containers. "I love to use old things that maybe weren't initially made for planting flowers," Waud says. She haunts places like Treasure Mart and the Re-Use Center, "looking for kitschy kind of stuff." She recently found an old metal chicken feeder and says she "just can't wait to plant something in there that starts spinning out."

She encourages customers to pick out a pot, plant, or flower, and pot it themselves using the potting soil she sells--or she can pot it for them. And she's happy to sell as little as a single cut stem. Waud plans to use the rest of the space to teach classes like flower arranging.

In season, she buys flowers at the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market and Eastern Market in Detroit. She also buys from growers as far away as South America, but "I try to get people to buy responsibly grown flowers," she says. "I like to research the farms where they come from." She looks for VeriFlora certification confirming that the flowers are grown in socially responsible and eco-friendly conditions.

Waud also grows flowers herself at her West Side home. Though it's near West Park, she resists the temptation to pluck flowers growing on public land. "No guerrilla gar-dening for me," she laughs.

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