Knowing I'd have a little time to kill after closing down the Huntington Gardens and before meeting up with Andrew and other family for dinner, I researched a few houseplant stores in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Houseplants are exploding in popularity in Portland and across the country, I wondered what trendy L.A. would have up it's sleeve. I used a story in L.A. Magazine for reference, even though it was from 2018 I figured as long as the shops were still in business they'd still be worth visiting. First up, Planta...
Plants like this along the sidewalk are a sure sign this is gonna be a good stop.
Inside the nursery a few plants were showing off their holiday spirit.
I don't think I've ever seen so many dyckia in one place.
Mounted plants and kokedama. Kokedama with dried Spanish moss, I don't think I've seen that before.
It's always good to be reminded of where you are in the world.
These 6" pots were going for $21.
Oh baby! Yes I am falling hard for the dark sansevieria. This 10" pot labeled Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra was going for $75. Nope, I will not be spending that kind of money on a sansevieria.
I headed to the inside shop next, but it was small and nothing caught my eye—remember this is L.A., even the houseplants can pretty much be outside.
Next up was Ponderosa Cactus.
Love, absolutely love, their sign.
By the front door...
Based on the fact the shop was almost empty and I spotted the sign below, I think they were closing. I didn't get a chance to ask the person manning the shop. She was busy helping folks pick out plants. Their Instagram account only lists the Tucson location now. Bummer.
My next stop, The Juicy Leaf. Ya gotta love that name.
This was a fun shop to browse...
And like with Planta, if I lived in the area I would definitely stop in on occasion.
None of the shops I visited had anything that made me think they had their finger on the pulse of the next "hot" thing though. Our Portland shops are just as good...some even better.
Headed back to the car I spotted Nature's Perfection across the street. There was no question they had plants.
Lots of them. No great displays, think plants as convenience store inventory.
Finally, I thought I would link to a story from The Guardian: A growing concern: is it ever OKAY to steal plant cuttings? It starts with a theft from Portland's Potted Elephant (which I visited here) and concentrates on the hot houseplant market. I posted a link to it on my personal FB page and followed as it appeared on a few other FB group pages. Lively conversations ensued. Some comments—people okay helping themselves to bits and pieces—I found very concerning. Oh and thanks to the blog commenter who suggested I share the link here, I wouldn't have thought of it.
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