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Sunflower Festival

  • The Greening of Detroit 132 West Lafayette Street Detroit (map)

Join The Greening for a day to celebrate all things Sunflowers at Lafayette Greens! Open House! Fun and Games

We will have a Sunflower Growing Contest (get ready in May/June to plant your sunflowers) Prizes and bragging rights to the folks who grow:

The Tallest Sunflower
The Biggest Seed Head
The Heaviest Seed Head


  • Judging will be between 1 and 3 pm. Winners will be announced at 3pm

  • All sunflowers in the 3 categories must be brought to the garden (no photos)

  • Tallest Sunflowers will be measured from bottom of the stem to top of the main stem, including seed head

  • Biggest seed head is measured by circumference around the head

  • Heaviest will be weighed and measured in pounds

  • All entries will be returned to the owner.




“Renegade Spirals”

Phyllotaxis - patterns found in leaves, stems and seeds.


Send in 2 digital photos. 1 of you and your seedhead and 1 close up shot featuring your phyllostaxis pattern in your sunflower.

  • Open to individuals who live in the State of Michigan

  • Must be original work of the submitter

  • No more than 3 entries per person

  • Entries must be submitted by Saturday August 3rd

  • Each individual entry must contain your name, address and email address.

  • Entries sent to: Send in .PNG format. Please keep size to 5GB for each digital photo.

Judging will be based on opinions of The Greening of Detroit Judges

3 Prizes

Grand Prize
First Prize
Honorable Mention

All photos submitted can be used by The Greening of Detroit in future promotional material, with credit to the photographer


Later Event: August 15
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