Five Urban Plant Shops That Can Brighten Up Your Winter
The last few weeks of winter are always the hardest to get through. If you need a little pick-me-up to manage these final dark, dreary days, consider bringing the outdoors inside.
Houseplants immediately add visual interest to your décor and enhance your mood. In fact, one study found that indoor plants reduce psychological and physical stress in young adults, giving us that boost we need to get to spring.
To find the perfect plant for your home, stop into one of these neighborhood urban nurseries for an incredible array of options and expert advice about choosing the right plants for you.
Flowers & Weeds
When the weather confines you to your home, even the tiniest escape can feel like a vacation. With its line-up of decorative terrariums, Flowers & Weeds can bring the forest or desert to you. Whether you lean toward foliage and ferns or cacti and succulents, you can find the perfect piece at its studio on Cherokee Street. If you’re feeling more adventurous, pick up a kit to create your own mini-ecosystem at home or sign up for a private class to build a forest-theme or air-plant terrarium with help from an expert designer.
Garden Gate Shop
For some indoor plant inspiration in the Shaw neighborhood, take a walk through Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron before stepping inside its Garden Gate Shop. As one of the most diverse plant stores in St. Louis, the shop features everything from orchids and peace lilies to cacti and bamboo, so even those missing a green thumb rarely leave empty-handed. Best of all, proceeds from the Garden Gate Shop help the Botanical Garden expand its educational, conservation and horticulture programs.
Give your home a shot of spring and a splash of style with a stop to Bowood Farms in the Central West End. The shop has carefully curated a variety of on-trend houseplants, including a rainbow of succulents in muted desert hues and hyacinths and hibiscuses that add a bold pop of color, as well as a full line of eye-catching pottery and containers to blend them into your décor. Plus, at The Studio at Bowood Farms, you can learn how to design, arrange and maintain your floral or succulent displays so they look good well into spring and beyond.
Garden Heights Nursery
For more than 20 years, Garden Heights Nursery in Richmond Heights has been an urban oasis for St. Louisans looking to beautify their homes. The nursery offers one of the largest selections of plants in the region, and its retail store is stocked with pottery, gifts and supplies. If floral design isn’t your forte, let their style team create the ideal container garden that fits your home and your vision. They can also help you plan the outdoor garden of your dreams now so you’re ready to hit the ground running when warm weather swings around.
Orchids continue to be a draw for interior designers and homeowners looking to add instant interest and elegance to a room. That’s why Rolling Ridge in Webster Groves has become the destination for orchid lovers thanks to its collection of hard-to-find and specialty orchid species. The nursery also features an Orchid of the Month club, offering clients hand-selected premium orchids from Rolling Ridge’s grower and specialty supplies to help these delicate houseplants thrive.
Featured image courtesy of Logga Wiggler.