Tending indoor plants transfers focus from worries about the wider world to the living thing in front of you, a meditative practice that relieves stress. Undisturbed by financial turmoil or grief or pandemics, plants bloom. Now more than ever, plant purveyors in the Upstate want to help you get more green into your homes.
A Greenville favorite for more than a decade, the design focus at this garden boutique distinguishes their creative arrangements. In addition to home and garden accents, potted arrangements, and outdoor garden essentials, ready-to-go bouquets come straight from owners Wesley Turner and Daniel Schavey’s specialty-cut flower farm, Petal Pickers Flower Co. Currently offering online ordering and farm-fresh bouquets shipped nationwide. 2249 Augusta St, Greenville; rootsofgreenville.com
A disco ball sparkles across leafy plants in A.J. Arellano’s shop in the Village, where he cultivates the same joy and acceptance he finds in caring for plants. “During this tough time, plant energy in your space is important. Plants filter air by absorbing toxins, reduce stress, and boost your mood. Plants did that for me, and I hope they can do it for you,” Arellano says. Currently offering curbside pick-up, local delivery as available, and live sales on social media. 1256 Pendleton St, Ste B, Greenville; savereignplants.com
Plants have always been a focus at this beloved Greenville gift shop, where customers flock toward terrariums, fiddle leaf fig trees, air plants, philodendrons, and pretty containers to put them in. “I have definitely noticed an uptick in plant purchases during these crazy times,” says owner Amy Walcher. “Plants give us all something to depend on when life is out of control.” Currently offering curbside pick-up, free local delivery, and drop-off container/terrarium planting. 215 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville; urbandigsgreenville.com
The Urban Planter
“Indoor plants are a breath of fresh air,” says Tara Desmond. Maybe that’s why she focused her charming Spartanburg gift shop on indoor plants and rooted plant arrangements. As we’re spending more time in our homes, Desmond suggests adding a plant to each room in your house to get the most from their mood and mental health benefits. Currently offering free local delivery, outdoor-container planting, and porch container pick-up and refill. 1147 E Main St, Ste A, Spartanburg; theurbanplanter.net