6 Tips for Eastern Market’s Flower Day

Modified: July 07, 2022 | Story by Danielle Alexander | Photos by Bill Bowen

Between 7 a.m. (or earlier!) and 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, Eastern Market’s sheds and open areas will be covered with every possible annual, perennial, herb, shrub and tree at prices much lower than what nurseries charge.

This annual Eastern Market Flower Day occurs every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day when members of the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA) arrive from a variety of cities in Michigan, Ontario and neighboring states to share “15 acres of the heartiest varieties for this region.”

Before you pack up the wagon and head down to The D, check out these six tips on how to enhance your experience at Eastern Market’s Flower Day:

Arrive Early

Although the event officially begins at 7 a.m., some growers will let you start buying beforehand (some as early as 4 a.m.), which will better guarantee you a parking spot. There is, however, plenty of free parking in Eastern Market throughout the day, but you may have to walk a bit (which just may be worth it since growers find themselves in the mood to deal as 5 p.m. approaches!).

Bring a Wagon

Six-foot dahlias, fragrant jasmine, pastel Gerbera daisies, dozens of rose varieties, sweet lilac bushes, smoke trees and succulents are only some of many choices Flower Day visitors have to take home with them. Wagons are definitely helpful while loading up and transporting flats and pots to vehicles.

Plan Ahead

How much planting room do you have at home? Do these areas take sun or shade? These are just two questions you should think about before attending the event.

Think up Some Questions

The flower growers raised their plants from seeds, so they are very knowledgeable. Have questions? Ask!

Save Time for Food and Shopping

Although flowers will be the main attraction, many Eastern Market District merchants will be open, including these 13 places to shop in and around Eastern Market. Also, flats and pots can be dropped off at convenient parcel pickups, so you can eat or shop without having to load up your vehicle first. When you’re ready to leave, just drive up and take advantage of the free loading service available.

Leave Your Pet at Home

To keep foods safe, the Michigan Department of Agriculture will not allow pets under the sheds, in vendor stalls or around food trucks unless you have a clearly marked service dog.

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    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207