Location: The Refill Mill, Mullingar
Date & Time: October 3rd from 5-7:00pm
No need to book, just show up. If you have extra house plant babies to share, please bring them. We’ll have small pots and compost to help with propagation. If not, come along anyhow and we’ll match you with a house plant baby in need of adoption!
As daylight hours and temperatures reduce, it’s a little bit less fun to be outdoors all day – although you should still get out and about as much as you can!
Being indoors doesn’t have to mean separating yourself from nature, though, and having plants in your home has been shown to have genuine benefits. They can help to purify the air, their presence is good for mental health, and they can bring a sense of serenity to what can sometimes be a quite ‘functional’ environment. In other words, they can make a house into a home. The other nice thing about houseplants is that they can bring people together!
Importing plants can have significant environmental impacts. There’s the obvious problem with emissions from fuel used in transport and artificial treatments used in production. There’s also the increased risk of importing diseases & pests. Every imported plant also invariably comes in a shiny plastic pot, which often ends up in landfills when the plants die or are re-potted.
Propagation from known healthy plants that haven’t travelled hundreds to thousands of miles is a better option. The resulting ‘plant-babies’ aren’t ’shocked’ by introduction to an alien environment and will thrive, given a bit of TLC. It’s a very satisfying thing to do and it doesn’t even have to take a lot of time. It can, of course, become a habit, to the point where the successful ‘plant-parent’ can find themselves with too many plants, or at least too many of a particular species.
As a way to build on that momentum and continue those conversations, we are organising a plant-swap/giveaway. Bring your ‘spares’ if you’ve propagated your own, and swap them for something you fancy. If you don’t currently have a houseplant, come along and find one to ‘adopt’. (No charge!) Share advice & experience over a cup of tea and cake.
Delivered by Anna Browne from Big Sky Flowers.
Funded by Creative Westmeath.