Katie is a #MomBoss extraordinaire and knows more about plants and gardening than most—so, she’s the perfect person to spotlite this month.
Here’s what Katie had to say about being part of Plant Nite Nation, bringing gardening and plant-love to the people, and blaring 80s music
Warning: She’s kind of amazing.
What drew you to Plant Nite?
“My husband Kevin was the one who actually brought Plant Nite to my attention. He held a few events at one of his restaurants, and they were looking for a new instructor.
At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom, so I said sure why not! I’ll give it a solid go. It’s something that just clicked with me right away.”
Why do you think people like Plant Nite?
“I honestly feel like Plant Nite clicks with all types of people. We have a lot of people who attend our events that are afraid that they aren’t creative enough to make a terrarium, and it surprises them every time when they are finished with their masterpiece.
We try to have a relaxed feel to our events to take some of the pressure off to those who feel like this is a challenge. We let them work at their own pace (they can take as long as they like), and having a good glass of wine while you’re at it doesn’t hurt either.”
What’s your favorite part about hosting a Plant Nite event?
“I absolutely love meeting new people and hearing about the plants and gardens that they have at home, or having them ask me questions about plants.
I’m a bit of a plant nerd, so I enjoy any question that gets thrown at me. I think it’s awesome that someone else aside from me has such a passion for gardening.”
What’s the funniest/weirdest/best thing that’s ever happened at an event?
“I think the most bizarre thing that I’ve ever seen was two women who didn’t know each other (and didn’t sit near one another) at the event ended up making the exact same terrarium.
At the end of the event, I brought it to their attention and they were just as stumped as I was. They didn’t see a picture online or even on our website. I think they talked after the event for a while and ended up exchanging phone numbers. It was pretty interesting to see.”
What’s your favorite succulent?
“There are so many that it’s always hard to pick. If I had to, I would say that I love the Adromischus ‘key lime pie’ plant.
I wasn’t crazy about it at first, until a huge vine branched out in the middle of it and it started growing these adorable little flowers all over. It’s been a year since I’ve planted it, and it still looks as good as it did on day one.”
How did you get into gardening?
“I’ve been around gardening all of my life. My grandfather had a garden in his backyard, and I remember when I was little I always thought ‘wow, his tomatoes are so red.’ He had the richest soil I think I’ve ever seen.
My mom also had a small garden in our backyard growing up. I always said that when I bought a house, I would have a garden. Now, half of my backyard is filled with almost every vegetable you can imagine, plus I’ve added some chickens and a duck named Morty.
I’m a city girl, but a farmer at heart. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment when my dinner consists of everything I’ve grow myself.”
What’s the secret to keeping succulents alive and healthy?
“Lots and lots of sun and limited water. It’s so hard to grasp when you are used to watering annuals and perennials, so it takes time to adjust to the fact that succulents would rather have no water.”
What’s your favorite PLN container?
“My absolute favorite container is the drawer. I love the rustic look of it. Anything with a country feel and it just looks good wherever you put it.”
What keeps you creative?
“I have two kids: an eight year old and a two year old. I believe art and creativity are so important because it teaches them to express themselves.
We are always doing some sort of craft. We all love to paint, especially with water colors, and we are always trying something new to see what peeks our interest.”
What’s your favorite music to play at Plant Nite events?
“I’m so warped in the 80s and early 90s, it’s ridiculous. We usually put on anything that includes George Michael, Journey, and Queen. Basically, anything we can get people to sing to, or bop around in their chairs is what we like to put on.”