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Published March 17th 2020
Colour your world with plants
Sometimes it seems like the once easy to come by family businesses, like the local corner store, haberdashery shop and plant nurseries that were staples in our suburbs. are disappearing off our community landscape.
Increasingly they have been replaced by larger warehouse-style operations with masses of brand-driven products. So you can imagine my delight when a friend suggested we pop into the inner-city plant store, All The Green Things in Brisbane's West End. Here's what happened when we stopped by and stepped inside.
The shop was easy to spot with the garden-inspired mural at the entrance. I was met at the door by the very cute, doe-eyed and friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ruby, who was happy to have a pat and a quick hello.
When I stopped looking down at Ruby and shifted my focus upwards and around the store, it was soon obvious that All the Green Things is bursting with personality, unique pieces and the friendliness of a family-owned proprietor.
What type of plant is that? All The Green Things specialises in indoor plants. Their business vision is to create city jungles amongst the concrete backdrop of modern living. Sounds good to me
Walking through what looks to be a former old Queensland style workers cottage, with white VJ walls and exposed wooden floorboards, each of the rooms were tiered with plants ready to adorn any indoor room, home office, or balcony garden ready to make that vision a reality.
I found myself asking, what kind of plant is that? There were pots of the stripey Watermelon Peperomia, and the cheddar cheese looking leaves of Monstera Adansonii just to name a few. Many of the plants are well developed and on their way to green lushness, giving even the new or "I always kill them" type gardener a high chance of horticultural success.
As well as the plants, the shop has unusual garden accessories such as Allen Designs unique ceramic planters with animal and other quirky designs and a 70s inspired macramé potholders.
Once you've wandered through the inside rooms, don't miss the back of the shop with, you guessed it, more plants.
Help them do their job and create a safe place for native bees in "The Bee Housez" With multi-stories of hollow spaces ready for them to move straight in. Bee houses are similar to a birdhouse-like structure typically with hollow reeds or cardboard tubes. They are the home for solitary, hole-nesting bees, who also happen to be some of the best pollinators around.
If you can't make it to the shop, you can always buy online through the All the Green Things website. As well as buying on the spot, All The Green Things also offers specialist workshops to build your skills and understanding of creating spectacular green urban spaces, big or small.
As I write this story and the community comes to terms with the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus, visiting All the Green Things helped to remind me that plants are great air purifiers so they serve a double function beyond beaming with brilliant beauty. So for health and happiness, bring in some greenery to your space today.
All the Green Things is open 7 days and located at 29 Vulture Street West End just 2kms from the CBD and neighbours Sol Breads and Bakery.
I don't think I've ever come across a shop specialising in indoor plants. I remeber back in the 70's indoor plants were very popular and sat on mantles, kitchen benches, and atop TV's (which back then were big funriture and not the slim things they are now.)