On Saturday I forced myself to get up off the couch and go to the Tia Planta kiosk in McGinley Sq. And I’m glad I did! Or I would have missed out. On the PLANTS.
I’ve been wanting to go for a couple of weeks to check it out and I was pumped to finally get over there.
McGinley Sq is shaping up to become my favorite square and I can’t control my excitement any longer. Maybe that’s hyperbole but I do like cool places I can walk to in less than 15 minutes and not have to take the light rail.
And the Tia Planta kiosk is one of those cool places!
First of all, the actual building is really cool. It’s old, it’s HISTORICAL. It’s from another time when they built sturdy kiosks out of sturdy materials. Therefore it still stands.
But now with plants!
Per social distancing rules, only one customer can go in at a time. So it feels really special, like waiting in line to ride a roller coaster.
It felt so nice to step into a warm green space on a cold and windy day. I guess it wasn’t super warm but it was warmer than outside, and that meant a lot.
Once inside this happy little urban jungle, you can consult with Tia Planta herself (her name is Shayla) on what plant would be best for you. She has so much information and she is ready and excited to share it! I feel like I learned a ton just in the 5 minutes or so I was in there.
I was looking for a plant that would be okay in medium/low light because my apartment is filled with THINGS and I needed an additional THING to put in an empty medium/low light spot. This was actually the spot where we displayed our mini Xmas tree and it felt sad and empty with it gone. So we needed a plant!
After some discussion we arrived at the Alocasia Amazonica. Also known as Alocasia “Polly” and there is a parrot on its little plant tag and that is obviously adorable.
She mentioned that it can be a bit of a diva and I thought that might be a fun challenge for my boyfriend because he enjoys plant dad-ing and bragging about how he’s the best at plants in this family. Have fun with the diva, boyfriend!
She’s a very pretty plant! Still thinking of a name for her. Any ideas?!
I also was given a separate clipping/baby plant and instructed to put it in water until it gets a little bigger and then put it in a pot. So I went home with two plants! Hooray!
During this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, I have been trying to find more things that can make me happy inside my own house. And plants are one of those things! I’ve had bad luck with plants in the past…but I will keep trying.
Go check out Tia Planta’s kiosk at 722 Montgomery St. if you like plants. Or if you like kiosks. The kiosk is very cool. BUT ALSO THE PLANTS!