Plant Nite gardener Kayla Knox

Gardener Spotlite: Meet Kayla Knox

Meet Kayla Knox. Kayla is a master gardener for Plant Nite Houston. This is her and her mom at Plant Nite.

Plant Nite gardener Kayla Knox

Kayla likes rose bowl terrariums, hen and chick succulents, and blasting 70s music. She also loves hosting Plant Nite, but that’s no surprise.

We took some time to chat with Kayla about why Plant Nite, what she loves about her job, and how she keeps it fun each and every day.

Here’s what she had to say.

What drew you to Plant Nite?

I saw an ad for it on Facebook one day and thought “how cool!” I went to sign up and there were only two events in Houston for the whole month and nothing for the following month. So I immediately reached out to see what was going on. The next thing I knew, I was joining the team and now I’m making events happen all the time!

Why do you think people like Plant Nite?

Plant Nite Houston Terrarium
It’s new! It’s different! And you get to take something fun home. I have seen lots of girls’ nights, date nights, and even mom and daughter nights happen at Plant Nite. You can really bring anyone to it and there are so many options. You can always come back and do something totally different.

What’s your favorite part about hosting a Plant Nite event?

I really love seeing people’s creations. No two terrariums are the same. Everyone ooos and ahhhs over the different plants we provide and then they make something unique and awesome. I’ve been so impressed with everyone’s creativity at my events. Especially when they start with telling me they aren’t very creative and then they come up with something totally cool.
Plant Nite dinosaur cocktail

What’s the funniest/weirdest/best thing that’s ever happened at an event?

That’s a tough one. I feel like I haven’t had enough events yet to really have a super awesome/funny moment. However, I did meet someone from my hometown at my last event. That’s pretty crazy considering I come from a tiny town in Southeast Texas that most people have never even heard of. And I only found out because I overheard her mention a bigger city near it. It’s such a small world out there!

What’s your favorite succulent?

Hens and Chicks Succulents

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Any variety of the Hens and Chicks. I just think it is the coolest thing ever to see those sprouting up all around each other!

How did you get into gardening?

I’ve never been the best at keeping plants alive, so I’ve tried here and there to get a house plant or two and I’m continuously getting better at it! Plant Nite really introduced me to succulents and I’m so in love with them. They are the best because they are super easy to manage and the varieties are endless.

What’s the secret to keeping succulents alive and healthy?

Don’t water them! Really… starve them. And just when you can’t bare another day without giving them some water… go ahead and give them a little splash. But really just give them some light and they are happy.

What’s your favorite terrarium container?

Plant Nite Rose Bowl Sand Art
It might seem boring, but I really do like the glass rose bowl. I feel like it is one of our more versatile containers. I love doing sand projects and the way they work with the rose bowl is perfect.

What keeps you creative?


Experimenting with new project ideas! I’ve recently been experimenting with stemless wine glass terrariums. There’s something really cute coming in our future events. Just wait for it!

What’s your favorite music to play at Plant Nite events?

I think the best way to work the night is to start out with a little 70s music and slowly work our way through the decades until we get to some of today’s hits. If a certain decade starts really working with the crowd… I’m fine to stick there too!
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