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Millennials and plants go hand-in-leaf, with some greenhouses seeing as much as a 75% increase in sales amidst the pandemic. So where in Edmonton should you be buying your plants? We vote Botaniful!

Botaniful is a modern plant shop and loft on the north side of Edmonton, carrying a collection of carefully curated plants and household accessories.

Founded in 2019, Head Curator Hong Nguyen says Botaniful was inspired by a true passion for plants. 

“My passion grew, and I started getting very interested. I started learning about their wants and their needs,” says Nguyen. 

“I do all the purchases for the store so I find stuff that I love and we hope that the customers will love it, too.”

Located above the T&T Supermarket on 137th Street, Botaniful is a warm space, brimming with a palette of leafy greens, striking yellows, and vibrant reds. 

Aglaonema Silver Bays sunbath against the window. Rows of Snake Plants stand tall, weaved throughout tables that support smaller offerings, like adorable Africa Violets and mid-sized Anthuriums.

As you might imagine, it’s the plants that make Botaniful such a unique spot.

“When we first opened two years ago, we brought in every single plant,” says Nguyen.

“But not everything will excite the customer. Now we realized there are certain plants people get intrigued with. We have fresh plants arriving on a weekly basis. We’re constantly looking for [something] new and different.”

In addition to their unique selection, the Botaniful team takes great pride in their process. This includes washing and inspecting each new arrival for any unwanted guests.

“We want to ensure the plants are as pest-free as possible.”

Plant Fever

House plants have exploded in popularity over the last year. Particularly among millennials who are either buying them for the first time or eagerly expanding their already-leafy collections. 

In a 2020 survey of people who had recently purchased houseplants, 12% were first-time buyers, broadening their hobby horizons as they socially distanced indoors.

65% of respondents said they bought the plants as a form of home decor, while 49%  said they purchased their new plants as a way to get outdoors in the midst of the pandemic.

For the most part, the mad dash into millennial plant hoarding makes a lot of sense. The second the pandemic arrived, it was a tornado of new stressors, affecting everything from job security to travel plans. Everyone was suddenly filled with fresh worries about their own health as well as the well-being of their loved ones.

Couple that with more time spent stuck inside the four walls of an apartment that suddenly didn’t look so great, and the need for many to infuse something new into their lives was unavoidable. 

More than a quarter of people who responded to that same poll said that gardening helped ease their stress a lot, while 43% said their stress dropped by a moderate amount.

Also Read: Blondie Opens In West Ritchie

So… Why Do We Love Plants?

For starters, plants fill up a room with oxygen while at the same time absorbing carbon dioxide in the air. They also soak up harmful toxins and increase the humidity in your home.

And while you might not visually see those effects, what you do see is a space full of growing life, and that in itself is enough to boost the mood. 

And like any good millennial trend, our collective plant obsession was accompanied by dozens of memes, most of which gained instant popularity.

While the initial push for plant ownership might have been covid-inspired, it looks like most people’s green thumbs are here to stay. Millennials accounted for about a quarter of the $48 billion spent on lawn and garden products in 2018, and that number is expected to rise as new plant parents continue to expand their indoor gardens.

Your Edmonton Go-To Plant Shop 

Seasoned plant veterans and newbies alike will enjoy the Botaniful vibe. The space is inviting and beautiful, and the staff is eager to help.

When pandemic restrictions were their most severe, the loft offered online shopping with city-wide delivery or appointment-based pick-ups.

Now that regulations have relaxed, shop visitors are welcomed inside the store to browse the different selections of the week. 

“We have at least 2-3 team members on hand,” says Nguyen.  

“We’re here to help our customers not just find the right plants but we also teach them about plant care for the long term. We want to make sure whatever plants the customers buy, it will be successful in their homes.” 

Find Botaniful on their website here and follow them on Instagram and Facebook, where they share new arrivals and home care tips.

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