Meet Rose Dudek. Rose is a master gardener, or Creative Host, at Plant Nite Central NJ.
Rose brings Plant Nite events to life in bars and restaurants around Central New Jersey. Unsurprisingly, she’s also a ton of fun.
We had the chance to chat with Rose to discuss what she loves about her #sidehustle and her favorite Plant Nite moments. Here’s what she had to say:
What drew you to Plant Nite?
I love the idea of being able to create something that you can take home and care for.
I think I was originally attracted to the idea of Paint Nite, but just did not have the confidence to create paintings. With Plant Nite, I feel like it’s truly something anyone can do.
Why do you think people like Plant Nite?
Plant Nite is a bit nostalgic, it brings out the kid in all of us.
I think people might be a bit intimidated at first about having and caring for their plants, but I think succulents are all the craze right now. You don’t need to have a green thumb to keep them alive because they are so easy to care for!
Also our generation is always looking for something different to do with our friends, family and significant others. This is something new and different that no one else is doing! Plus it’s so Instagrammable 🙂
What’s your favorite part about hosting a Plant Nite event?
I love the creative energy that comes out of everyone! You always have people complaining at the beginning that they’re not “creative” enough or that they’re afraid they can’t keep the plants alive, but you can tell everyone is just having a great time.
They get giddy when we bring out the decorations (dinos, gnomes, fairies…). It can even get competitive! Everyone comes in not knowing what to expect, but they end up really enjoying themselves, and truly loving what they’ve created.
You can just see the gears turning in their heads about where they are going to be placing their new terrariums around their home or office. It’s a great feeling to see everyone in such a great mood.
What’s the funniest/weirdest/best thing that’s ever happened at an event?
We had a impromptu dance party! One of the customers saw me streaming my music from my phone and asked if they could play some Bollywood music on it. I said why not!
Everyone loved it, and I just threw it out there if anyone wants to take a dance break, and people started dancing!
What’s your favorite succulent?
It’s so hard to pick just one! I love the Sedum family.
They don’t really look like traditional cacti or succulents. They are also so versatile and can sprawl out. Some look like sea grass. I love them!
How did you get into gardening?
Believe it or not, I used to think I had a black thumb. I always loved plants, but had a hard time keeping them alive.
But because these are my babies and my creations, I feel myself taking better care of them. I put in the time to research and make sure that they stay alive. Plus, I feel like I owe it to my customers to know as much as I can about the plants that I have at events.
What’s the secret to keeping succulents alive and healthy?
Lots of sunlight, a little water, and a whole lot of love. I know it sounds crazy, but my grandma always said that we need to love our plants like we love our pets. It’s almost like they can feel when you are caring for them (crazy I know!).
What’s your favorite Plant Nite container?
I think my favorite is the Rose Bowl. It was what I used for my first project and it’s still my favorite. I just feel like it’s so classy and versatile. You can put it anywhere and it just fits in.
What keeps you creative?
I’m an HR Manager by day, so Plant Nite keeps me creative!
What’s your favorite music to play at Plant Nite events?
I have a playlist that I compiled for my Plant Nite events on Spotify. It consists of Top 40, some country, electronica, and even a few throwbacks.
I listen to music all day. My favorite thing is just to hit “discover” on Spotify and let it go. It helps me discover new music. Every time I hear a song that makes me feel happy, I make sure I add it to my Plant Nite Central NJ Playlist (hope you check it out!).