Plants are an important part of your household. They provide the opportunity to reconnect or even begin to cultivate a relationship with nature. There is something to be said for the act of nurturing and caring for plants that has created a "plant therapy" renaissance as a way to practice self-care and healthier habits for many people.
For those plant parents out there, here are some amazing local plant shops in Oakland that you should definitely check out!
Blk Girls Green House
If you haven’t heard of Black Girls Greenhouse already, you need to visit them ASAP. They opened for business in West Oakland in 2020 and the shop has been a source of inspiration and joy ever since! Arguably one of the first Black-owned plant shops in Oakland, it's ran by Kalkidan Gebreyohannes and J’Maica Roxanne with the intent to create joy and conviviality.
"How we keep our space is about a feeling and evoking that feeling with people has been the most rewarding thing for us." - Kalkidan Gebreyohannes
The space is adorned with lush plants in and around a copper greenhouse and a mini display of goods made by other Black-owned and local businesses. Once you’re done wandering through the greenhouse, visit their coffee station where visiting baristas prepare you a gorgeous latte (or other beverages on the menu), and relax in their cute lounge area, complete with animal print rugs and beautifully designed pillows.
There's really no place quite like it!
Crimson Horticultural Rarities
A staple at Temescal Alley, Crimson Horticultural Rarities is a wondrous shop of various plants, succulents, cacti, clay pots, candles, and ornamental goodies. They even offer floral design services for weddings! Not only is this shop fascinating to experience, but the staff is very knowledgeable in plant details such as basic plant care, pet-friendly greens, and for more tips, they even have an online blog!
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Of Soil and Moss
Nestled in Uptown, Of Soil and Moss specializes in the Japanese art of Kokedama. According to the shop, “Ko-Ke-Da-Mah is a Japanese gardening technique that originated from bonsai. The plant is placed into a ball of soil, then covered in moss and secured with string, making it self-contained and doing away with pots altogether. It is a minimal plant aesthetic that showcases the plant and its personality.”
If you like a more minimal aesthetic or want a unique way to display your plant, Of Soil and Moss hand crafts each plant at their studio to add that special touch.
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