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A Sunday Date at Eastern Market’s Flower Day 2019

Hi, friends! Did you happen to stop by Eastern Market’s Flower Day over the weekend?

Travis and I went to Flower Day after a brunch date, and we had a wonderful time. It started raining toward the end of the festival, but we didn’t let the rain keep us from enjoying all of the beautiful flowers.

Last year, we took our three little ones to Flower Day. Zhen and Zechariah loved picking out flowers for our garden. (Zephaniah was still small at the time.)

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I remember we bought a new wagon just for farmer’s market season and the kids were so excited to ride in it. It was the perfect size for them to sit in and hold a few market goods we bought. When we picked out flowers to buy, they loved carrying them to our little, red wagon. Such sweet memories!

For this Flower Day, we left the kids behind because we wanted to enjoy a Sunday day date together. I have to admit, though, it felt kind of weird not having the kids with us for Flower Day.

Photo of me with Zhen and Zechariah at Eastern Market’s Flower Day 2018.
Flower Day 2018

The mom guilt started to creep in just a bit. I had to quickly dismiss the guilty feeling and remind myself it’s okay to take some time for just us! (Moms, you know what I’m talking about, too!)

One of the things I love about Flower Day is seeing all of the people walk around the market. So many people come from different cities and states attend Flower Day.

Some even take charter buses to travel to the flower festival! The parking lots are packed with vehicles leaving many visitors to park all throughout the Eastern Market District.

Flower Day is a beloved Detroit tradition. The festival started in 1967 and takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day.

On my Facebook page, I mentioned Eastern Market’s Flower Day is like the kickoff for garden season and the late spring season. Since Michigan tends to have very cold and long winters, we don’t really start gardening until the middle of May.

Here are a few photos from Flower Day. Did you enjoy the festival if you went? If you live outside of Detroit, does your area have a special event to welcome gardening season?

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