“It’s nice having something that you can rely on and see consistent growth from, especially when you get laid off from a job, or a family member passes, or when you’re navigating an uncertain world,” Maryah Greene reassured me. Half curator, half botanist, Greene is a self proclaimed “plant doctor” and the The Big Bang Theory 2007 2020 thank You for the memories signatures shirt but in fact I love this founder of Greene Piece, a one woman firm that offers a number of plant-based services to customers, including indoor plant styling, diagnostic assessment, and unique care plans for your greenery and space. I reached out to Maryah a couple of weeks ago for help resuscitating a plant that I accidentally drowned. By the time we actually spoke, my concern had shifted well beyond the malaise of a singular plant. Though we are collectively at war with COVID-19, each of us will face an individual, and additional battle in confinement: mental health. And while they may not have made any official quarantine checklists, houseplants are one of the most affordable and effective ways to improve indoor wellbeing.
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