Super excited because it's The Plant Provocateur shop's first official holiday season! The holiday gift stock is arriving daily and you'll be seeing some cool items featured over the next few weeks as well as a few holiday events. The Plant Provocateur Holiday is about gifts for anyone that loves to have beauty in their lives. Beauty you can see, smell, taste, feel, and even in some cases hear...if you really listen. Beauty that makes you feel good. Beauty that comforts you. Beauty that helps you relax. So think of this as my invitation to my month long Holiday Party at The Plant Provocateur. So stop by. Hang out with the plants and recharge with The Plant Provocateur Holiday vibe.
The Plant Provocateur welcomes back, for a return engagement, esteemed Master Wood Carver Yo Takimoto! Yo gives woodcarving workshops both in Japan and Los Angeles. Each workshop participant is provided with a choice of wood at the time of the workshop, tools for carving, and instruction. The experience is truly meditative! Only 1 session will be offered. Sunday, November 22nd, from 12:30pm-3:30pm. The last time the workshop was offered back in June, two sessions were offered, and both sold out! So make your reservation today!
The workshop session is limited to 8 people. Class fee is $60 includes all materials. Makes a really cool gift!!
Workshop session take place on the patio at The Plant Provocateur shop and is a 3 hour event.
Payment is required to RSVP. Stop by The Plant Provocateur or call 323-774-4836 during open hours to secure your reservation.
Fresh on the heels of this week's The Plant Provocateur shop launch party comes the first in a series of holiday events, The Pre-Holiday Gourmet Pop-Up! This event is for the serious connoisseur of good food! Featuring Kinfolk magazine's favorite Pink Slip Jam, maker of Jams, Chutneys, and Marmalades with flavor profiles that will make your heart sing and soothe your soul.
Also featuring, rising star of the L.A. dessert scene, Confectionally Yours maker of some seriously delectable gourmet chocolate & confections. Confectionally Yours crafts some of the best all natural, organic desserts you will ever taste.
Both chefs will be on the patio at The Plant Provocateur in Silver Lake, Saturday 11/14 and Sunday 11/15 from 12 to 5. Their gourmet goods will be for sale and need to be on your table for the holidays!
The Plant Provocateur is located in Silver Lake at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. Pop-Up event takes place on the patio behind Muddy Paw Coffee 3320 W. Sunset Blvd., and next door to Night + Market Song Thai Restaurant. Cross street is Micheltorena.
Well, the time has come to finally christen The Plant Provocateur shop! I'll be throwing a little 'ol opening launch party on Thursday, November 12th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. So many people ask or say when they discover The Plant Provocateur shop..."What is this beautiful place?!" "How long have you been open?" "I didn't know this was here." "This place is a sanctuary." "It's like being inside a living, breathing plant!" Well it's time to truly introduce you to The Plant Provocateur experience. It's a new era of plant shop from the new face of horticulture and I'm excited to share it with you!
What you can expect...plants(and flowers), people(me and you), culinary delights crafted by Chowgirls Killer Catering, diabolically decadent dessert deliciousness from L.A.'s hot Confectionally Yours, and the sound stylings of the one... the only...the original recipe DJ BStarr.
This event kicks off a holiday season of events at The Plant Provocateur shop in Silver Lake. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, if you dig the plant scene as much as I do come on by and check out something NEW! Thursday, November 12th from 6 - 9pm. 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. (around back of 3320 W. Sunset Blvd./Muddy Paw Coffee on the patio), Los Angeles, CA 90026.
It's back! This Sunday, September 20th from 10:30am -11:30am is the return of The Plant Provocateur Succulent Workshop. The last Succulent Workshop was a huge hit. If you couldn't attend before, now's your chance. I will be teaching techniques and tricks for taking one succulent and making more. I will simplify methods for growing your own. The workshop covers leaf, cutting, and seed propagation. Perfect for the beginner, as well as the novice.
The workshop is hands-on so be prepared to get dirty. Each participant will leave with their own tray of started cuttings and a packet of seeds. I will also have a few familiar succulents on hand, as well as a few varieties you may have never seen before. Oh, and I will also have what I consider to be one of the best Succulent growing books on hand for purchase!
The workshop is this Sunday, Sept. 20th from 10:30am-11:30am at The Plant Provocateur shop on the patio. Workshop fee is $20. Workshop is limited to 8 people. A few spots are left. Reservations may be purchased beforehand by clicking this SHOP link or by calling 323-774-4836 during shop hours Thurs-Sat 11-6 for credit card purchase over the phone. Makes a cool gift! The Plant Provocateur is located at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., in Silver Lake. Cross street is Micheltorena. Patio is located next door to Night + Market Song Thai Restaurant and behind Muddy Paw Coffee at 3320 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. Sunday metered parking is FREE!
Big News! I just found out that The Plant Provocateur was listed last month as one of Racked L.A.'s Top Gardens and Nurseries For Stylish Plant Life! This came as a pleasant surprise. I had no idea. Well, I have to say a huge 'Thanks!' to @rackedla for including me on a list of such heavy hitters. I'm truly flattered and honored! It's also very encouraging! It tells me that the word is getting out there about the shop, which is exciting, and that I am fulfilling my mission to inspire with plants.
Kokedama: The Japanese art of the 'String Garden'. Have you seen them? Cool moss garden vessels are created to host whatever plant you can imagine. These living sculptures can hang suspended in the air or sit themselves elegantly like a bonsai on a flat pedestal.
The Plant Provocateur is offering a special workshop teaching you how to create, build, and care for these amazing individual gardens of visual deliciousness. This is a hands-on workshop so come prepared to get dirty. Each participant gets to take home their very own Kokedama 'String Garden'.
Workshop takes place Sunday, September 13th from 10:00am-11:30am at The Plant Provocateur shop on the patio. Workshop fee is $60. This covers all materials and instruction. Workshop is limited to 8 people. Reservations may be purchased beforehand by clicking on the following link: RESERVATIONS or by calling 323-774-4836 during open hours (T-Sat. 11-6 or Sun 12-5) for credit card purchase over the phone.
Got Drought? No, problem. The Plant Provocateur is here to tell you about chic, unique, low maintenance plants that are the perfect solution for lowering your water usage and will increase your style profile. This FREE talk also defines 'Drought Tolerant', discusses how to prepare your environment for drought, and how to keep your plants thriving in these dry times. Whether your plants are inside or out, The Plant Provocateur has tips for you.
The talk takes place Sunday, August 30th at The Plant Provocateur on the back patio. The time is 10:30am - 11:30am. Attendees must register with The Plant Provocateur to secure a seat for the talk. Seats are limited. Click this link to register. When you get here be sure to grab yourself a tasty beverage and snack at Muddy Paw Coffee and get comfortable!
So, this week I've had a lot of customers coming into The Plant Provocateur shop asking about which plants are pet safe. My general response is usually 'everything' is toxic to some degree to dogs and cats. So today when Katy (her real name!) came in to find out which houseplants in the shop wouldn't make her cat sick, I gave her my 'everything' answer. My rule of thumb is that all plants can be toxic either inducing:
1. Mild symptoms of diarrhea, dry mouth, hyper-salivation, upset stomach, and/or light vomiting. These symptoms can be caused by saps in the plant that can burn mucous membranes in the mouth and stomach. If the saps don't do that they'll irritate other parts of the digestion system leading to some seriously toxic poop. (Yes, I said it.)
2. Severe symptoms such as stomach bleeding, heavy vomiting, seizures, even death. These symptoms are caused by wicked poisons in the sap or plant parts that really cause problems when ingested, not only burning mucous membranes but getting into the bloodstream and doing more serious/fatal damage.
Well, while having this discussion with Katy, I called up my old friends at the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) on the old computer machine to see what they had to say. Turns out they have their own list of what's toxic and what our pet kids can go to town on and eat with little or no toxic reaction. Check out this link to their listings: ASPCA Non-Toxic and Toxic Plant List. Be sure to click on the plant name to see if they classify it as toxic or non-toxic.
So, after reviewing their list here's what I've got growing on and ready to purchase at The Plant Provocateur shop that not only will be safe for your pets (by the ASPCA's standards), but also can add style to your livin' profile.
A great, pet safe, easy care, super cool plant family are the Bromeliads, also known as the steroidal, colorful cousins of air plants aka Tillandsias, and has The Plant Provocateur got 'em for ya! Super tropical looking, low maintenance, produce cool flowers, come in a variety of colors and sizes, as well as being just...beautiful! How about the succulent and groovy Peperomia with their thick plump leaves of smooth, patterned, and/or color splashed leaf finishes. Very rad for your pad! Similarly stylin' are the Calathea/Murranta group with their art deco/nouveau/tropicalia-ish patterns, colors and textures. Très exotique! Palms are good candidates too. The ultra glam Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) with her fashionably fresh foliage and pretty pleated texture is a cool choice. Even the majestic low light Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana), not pictured, is a beauty in tall indoor spaces. Very chic.
Oh, and ferns too! A word about Ferns. Most ferns are listed as non-toxic on the ASPCA list except for Asparagus Fern, commonly referred to as the Foxtail Fern. Just watch out for that guy! So, if you're looking for something to bring the beauty to your living situation that won't harm the pups and the kittehs, come on down to The Plant Provocateur Shop and check out these plants and a few others that fit the non-toxic bill. Oh, and a big shout out to the woman, the myth, the legend, Katy for putting the spotlight on this subject for me today. We love our pets and we love our plants! Let's bring them together in sweet harmony.
You've asked for it...another cool workshop is coming your way from The Plant Provocateur. It's Tillandsia time! They're hot, hip, and bring the tropical glamour wherever they grow! Your Plant Provocateur will be putting on a workshop introducing you to many of these highly sought after, easy care, air plants. The workshops will feature a show and tell of different types of tillandsia, a hands-on examination by each participant of the plants themselves, cool ways to display them, and focus on how to care for them so they live, last, and look amazing!
The Plant Provocateur will have some beautiful Tillandsias , as well as, one of the best books on Tillandsia care, on hand for purchase. So here are the details. The workshop will be held Sunday, July 26th from 10:30am-11:30am at The Plant Provocateur shop on the patio. Workshop is limited to 8 people. Workshop fee is $20. Reservations must be purchased beforehand either at The Plant Provocateur shop or by calling 323-774-4836 during open hours (T-Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-5). The Plant Provocateur is located at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake. Cross street is Micheltorena. Patio is located next door to Night + Market Song Thai restaurant and behind #muddypawcoffee at 3320 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. BTW...street meter parking is FREE on Sundays! Also, the last workshop sold out fast, so book today!
You've asked for it. Now you've got it. On Sunday, July 12th I will be teaching techniques and tricks for taking one succulent and making more. I will simplify the methods for growing your own. This will cover leaf, cutting, and seed propagation. This workshop is perfect for the beginner as well as the novice.
This will be a hands-on work shop so come prepared to get dirty. Each participant will leave with their own tray of started cuttings and a packet of seeds. I will have a few familiar succulents on hand but also plan on bringing varieties you may have never seen before. Cool stuff! I will also have some excellent succulent books for sale. Class participants will get an additional 10% discount off on any book purchases on the day of the workshop.
Here are the details: Workshop takes place Sunday, July 12th from 10:30am-11:30am at The Plant Provocateur shop on the patio. Workshop fee is $15. Workshop is limited to 8 people. Reservations may be purchased beforehand at The Plant Provocateur Shop or by calling 323-774-4836 during open hours (T-Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-5). The Plant Provocateur is located at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake. Cross street is Micheltorena. Patio is located next door to Night + Market Song Thai restaurant and behind #muddypawcoffee at 3320 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026.
It's time to kick off the summer season with some super cool offerings from the The Plant Provocateur shop. The Plant Provocateur is bringing you the best of his private collection of hard to find, rare, heirloom, and unusual plants. Some are drought tolerant; some are for the collector of all things cool and groovy in the plant world. Are you a plant-a-holic? When you see cool plants do you get weak in the knees?
Well, The Plant Provocateur has got a few things for your plant fix! Heirloom and old fashion tomatoes are on the menu. Got a lot of great varieties to choose from. Funky bulbs like the brilliant Tigridia pavonia and deep black forest Calla lily will be in the mix.
What about some easy care, low-water tropicals? Or Stunning drought tolerant plants that you don't see everywhere. All kinds of plants will be offered! The Plant Provocateur has got 'em! Isn't it time to up the style of your plant profile with some horticultural hotness?!
The plants offered have either been privately grown or collected from The Plant Provocateur Botanical Garden or beyond! Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th plants will be featured both on the shop patio shared with Muddy Paw Coffee and in The Plant Provocateur shop. So, mark your calendars and get ready for the ultimate Plant Provocateur plantasy! 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. This plant event can be found on the patio behind Muddy Paw Coffee at 3320 W. Sunset Blvd.. Shop hours: Sat 6/13 11am-6pm and Sun 6/14 12noon-5pm. For additional info call the shop at 323-774-4836 during store hours.
Hey everybody...Mother's day is Sunday, May 10th! The Plant Provocateur has got some offerings for you! Need a quick gift? Mom might love some cut flowers or a uniquely chic gorgeous plant! A serene, sculptural kokedama moss garden might also do the trick.
What about some apothecary aromatherapy in the spa-like, all organic essence of The Potion Shoppe's Citrine candle...exclusively here at The Plant Provocateur Shop. Made with Coconut wax infused with the essences of blood orange, grapefruit, jasmine, rose, and mango. You've never smelled something so soothing and delicious, seriously!
So come on down to Silver Lake's newest secret garden shop located at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., on the back patio behind Muddy Paw Coffee, check The Plant Provocateur shop out, and get Mom some Mother's Day swag!
Shop hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Shop entrance is in-between Night + Market Song restaurant and Muddy Paw Coffee. Address again is 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. on the patio behind Muddy Paw Coffee, across the street from Clare V. , En Soie , and Hache.
Ok. Time to get your cut flowers on. First of all #findtpp come find The Plant Provocateur at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. LA CA (Silver Lake) 90026. Cross street is Micheltorena. Next to the super amazing Night + Market Song Thai restaurant and behind #muddypawcoffee on the back patio. Come and discover the newest secret in Silver Lake. I'll be putting together cut flower bouq's and you can get 'em for $15! I've got lots of cut flowers in stock and they need your love. So bring it! Shop hours Sat. 11-6 and Sun. 12-5. Get 'em while you can! They'll brighten these cloudy days. Oh and if cut flowers aren't your thing The Plant Provocateur has got some pretty cool indoor plants too! Plants for the People!
Well, the day has finally arrived. Time to open the doors and begin the new adventure. Now, in typical L.A. fashion, I'm referring to this event as a "soft opening". I'll be there. The doors will be open...but it's a casual thing. Regular store hours are in place but the Grand Opening event will not happen until June or July. Everything is just about there...but more is to come. So, if you're feeling like coming to check out to see what's growing on or talk about plants n' stuff...push the door open, if it isn't already, and say "Hi!". I've got super sexy houseplants, scrumptious succulents, and a few cut flowers too. Also, be sure to check out some of the design goods I'm carrying. It's all stuff to make you feel good. Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-6pm and Sunday 12noon - 5pm. Mondays Closed. Welcome to The Plant Provocateur!
Hello. Anyone out there receiving this transmission? The Plant Provocateur is here to say "Hey!" and catch you all up on the goings on. So, it's been a while. So much, so fast. Well, as you can see a new website has launched. Now, you don't just the pretty pictures but you also get events info and most importantly brand new shop info.
So as the saying goes...slow and steady wins the race. That's been my motto so far for 2015. The NEW shop is coming along! One foot in front of the other of course. After some contractor delays, getting and recovering from the flu, plus a few other unexpected bumps...my latest forecast for the shop's grand opening is now set for April. So, you'll just have to wait a teensy-tiny bit longer my patient friends of The Plant Provocateur. It will be worth it I assure you. More soon...
In anticipation of the new Plant Provocateur shop opening in March, The Plant Provocateur is having a cut flowers pop up event featuring the heavenly delicious organic chocolate confections of L.A. based Confectionally Yours. The event is taking place next week Friday, Feb. 13th and Saturday, Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th from 12noon to 6pm both days! The event will be held at the NEW location on the patio of the soon to be open shop at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; in Silver Lake next to Night + Market Song restaurant.
The Plant Provocateur will be offering pre-made cut flower bouquets. And if a super cool, out of the ordinary bouquet for your Valentine is not enough, be sure to get the gourmet feast that awaits you or your Valentine in the form of a Confectionally Yours heart- shaped box! Cut flowers and chocolate couldn't be more perfect for your Valentine.
And if that weren't enough and you really want to make the mood romantic, I'll be having an exclusive batch of the most lusciously aromatic candles on hand by The Potion Shoppe L.A.. These are not just candles...their natural, crackling wooden wick will remind you of a romantic weekend away at that cabin with the fireplace. Also, the candles are made of 100% clean-burning coconut wax and burn up to 60 hours.
This Pop Up Event has all the ingredients to help you and yours celebrate the romance and love of Valentine's Day. So, if you're in the hood, be sure to drop by and check out what we have to offer. Cut flowers, chocolate, and candle light...you can't go wrong!
Well, the time has come for The Plant Provocateur to bid adieu to the Silver Lake Farmer's Market. This Saturday will be my last day there! I'm ending things there in preparation for the new shop opening in Silver Lake this March.
As I say goodbye, I've decided to thank those that have made the market awesome and welcomed The Plant Provocateur with a PLANT SALE BLOWOUT! Spread the word and come on down because I'm clearing out a big ol' chunk of my Succulent and Tillandsia inventory. Succulents will be selling for $1, $5, and $10. Two for ones will be offered as well. Two for ones will also extend to the Tillandsias I'll have on hand.
So help me wave buh-bye to winter and let's kick it into high gear with some spring fever. You could make out like a bandit. I'll be giving deals all market long. Also, come by to hear about The Plant Provocateur Valentine's Day Cut Flower and Artisanal Chocolate Pop-Up taking place at my new shop 2/13 + 2/14 in Silver Lake. The Shop location is just 4 blocks east of the Silver Lake Farmer's Market. I'm getting excited for people to check it out! The new address: 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles (Silver Lake), 90026 between Micheltorena and Descanso.
See you Saturday!
Hello everyone and Happy New Year. 2015 is gonna be a BIG year for The Plant Provocateur! After all the talk, after all the dreaming, I'm finally taking the leap and opening a brick-and-mortar plantasy. In fact, I'm typing, this very post, from the cabinet of curiosities that will be the official Plant Provocateur HQ. I say cabinet because being a first time shop keeper I'm going to keep things a bit intimate. You know me...provocative.
So here's the deal. The Plant Provocateur shop is currently under way with a teeny tiny build out. New lighting, shelving, a little of this, and a little of that. My aim is to get those doors open sometime early to mid March. Crossing fingers, toes, and the beard beneath my nose...things will get growing as planned.
Now what can you expect? Beauty, intrigue, and mystery. The shop will feature signature live plants. I've been searching the world for crazy cool heirloom, exotic, unusual, badass plants, the likes you have never seen. So they'll be here. Also, in a slightly different direction, I will be offering cut flowers on a small scale. Now, I won't be a full blown florist but I will feature some cut florals from time to time. Also, for the locals out there, I am providing these pieces by appointment.
Let's see what else? Oh yeah, The Plant Provocateur will feature a select display of furnishings and 'figments' for inside and out. I'm pretty excited about this and can't wait to share with you the cool things I've found. Also, the shop will feature occasional classes and featured speakers. If the subject relates in anyway to the botanical world around us...we'll be talking about it.
So a lot of people, have asked, "What will The Plant Provocateur be about?" You know when you start a business it's always a good idea to have a mission statement; something that defines the very being of what the heck it is you're about to do. Well mine is simply this... Inspire With Plants. Yeah, you may of heard it before. It might sound a bit cliché, but wait and see what I do with this mission. I've been feeling extraordinarily creative as of late. I hope to explore things that are beyond our expectations. I call it the Future Flora Initiative. I want you to fall in love with plants and what they inspire, perhaps in ways you never thought you would. Like the saying goes...big things have small beginnings. Well, that's how it will start. Now, moving forward, my mission is to make it exciting and thrive. Stay tuned.
And after a hiatus...The Plant Provocateur is back and bringing it to you Holiday Style. For all of you Los Angeles peeps It's Holiday Pop Up Time! Come on down this Sat 12/13 and Sunday 12/14 from 12-5pm and see what's been going on. Still need some holiday decor? We've got that! Need some quick gifts...artisanal organic chocolates, organic apothecary products for bath and body, some of the best vintage denim wears in all of L.A., groovy holiday stocking to put all your gifts in, and maybe a wreath to hang on the door or use as a holiday centerpiece? The Plant Provocateur and friends have got you covered.
But wait there's more...on the patio there will be pet adoption, free spay/neuter services, animal advocacy charitable clothing, as well as every dollar spent on coffee at Muddy Paw Coffee provides a donation to animal rescue charities. So come on down...support local business and good causes.
Oh and I forgot...you'll get to see the future location of The Plant Provocateur shop coming Spring 2015!