5 Women Who Make Loving Plants The Coolest Thing Ever


Feb. 10 2022, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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You’d be hard-pressed not to find at least one plant-loving Instagram account on your Explore page when you’re scrolling on the platform. Well, here are five minority women you should definitely follow for inspiration, tips, beautiful vibes and all things horticultural. Plant-lovers, unite, connect, and thrive!

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Blk Girls Green House

According to their Instagram bio, “Blk Girls Green House is a Black-owned plant and specialty home goods shop” located in Oakland, California. Founded by Kalu Gebreyohannes and J’Maica Roxanne during the pandemic, they deliver a space that is not only a breath of fresh air, but a champion for community and growth. In an interview with ABC7, the two friends expressed that the space is a form of activism by highlighting Black makers and providing a sense of calm during an unsettling time. This is not only reflected in the quality of their products, but the energy they deliver to their clientele. Recently, the two owners were featured on Bet on Black, a competition reality show on Revolt TV featuring Black entrepreneurs. Them being “an absolute vibe” is an understatement in our eyes. Plant lovers interested in feeling the sense of community and energy reflected from this business should take a closer look at what Blk Girls Green House has to offer. To them, “every season is a beautiful time to grow,” and we couldn’t agree more. You may follow Blk Girls Green House on Instagram @blkgirls_greenhouse.

Maryah Greene

Maryah Greene is a plant consultant that will make you wonder why plants have not been a part of your living space your entire life. Featured in major outlets like Vogue and The Cut, Greene has been deemed a plant doctor for addressing the concerns of her fellow worried plant parents, as she too has been there. What began as a passion project while in Grad school for education, providing tips on successful plant management quickly became a business that skyrocketed into Greene Piece, a plant consultation firm founded by Greene. Greene is someone that inspires people to become more aligned with nature, themselves, and debunks the idea that a green thumb is only reserved for a select few. Greene not only teaches others how to elevate their living space with plants, but is a champion for all those getting started on their plant journeys. Plant enthusiasts should follow Greene because she not only teaches us how to water our plants, but our souls, a true teacher in nature. You may follow Maryah Greene on instagram @greene.piece.

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Welcome To The Jungle Home

Welcome To The Jungle Home is the journey to follow. Phoebe Cheong has blended her interest in both photography and plants to cultivate a community of light and inspiration. She sees her grandmother, Po Po, as the ‘plant queen’ that has provided her with inspiration, tools, and the foundation for her own plant journey. Her mother has also been one that taught her to appreciate nature. Welcome To The Jungle Home page brings the plant lover community together and followers can feel how the love of plants ignites connectivity and spans across generations. The shop includes products like botanical print masks and candles “fresh crisp” scented candles that smell like you are walking in a forest, according to Cheong. What’s a home without plants or even the scent of it? Not as exciting. More details about Welcome To The Jungle Home may be found at the website and on the instagram @welcometothejunglehome.

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The Sill

The Sill, founded by Eliza Blank, is a well-known business that strongly believes, “plants make people happy.” Not only do they sell a variety of plants, but they strongly believe in “bridging the gap between people and plants.” The Instagram feed for The Sill is not only engaging, but promotes having important conversations.

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As a mother, Blank has had conversations on the platform such as with actor and founder of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba, about how motherhood helps inform decisions around the space in which we live and the products we use. The Honest Company for example, is one that has safe plant based products meant to protect all humans, including babies. The Sill is a great go-to to find helpful plant guides and community driven work that emphasizes why being a plant parent is meaningful for all aspects of your life and the world. We too can agree that plants make us happy, and The Sill has us sold. You can follow The Sill on instagram @thesill.

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SoulSista Plants

SoulSista Plants believes that everyone deserves some fresh greenery in their lives. Run by Lucrecer Braxton, SoulSista Plants promotes plants being an accessible gem that all spaces can have. Braxton has built a community of plant enthusiasts through her instagram account and helps people realize what plants may best be a fit for their living environment. On her website, Braxton has said, “I know that community starts with me. When I think of the kind of world I want to leave behind for my kids, I ask myself ‘how can I start building that world right now, right here?’ and I let that guide me.” SoulSista Plants will have you thinking about all the plants you can fill your space with. You may follow SoulSista Plants on instagram @soulsistaplants.

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By: Bobbie Bell

Bobbie Bell is from Brooklyn, New York and a graduate from Brooklyn College where she received her B.S. in Journalism and Media Studies. Currently pursuing her Master’s in Publishing from New York University, she loves a good book on the beach or next to a fireplace. As an alumni of the Emma Bowen Foundation, she has experience working in media and nonprofit spaces where creating a diverse and equitable space is at the forefront of her work. Bobbie is an alumni of the NBCUniversal Page Program, where she had the opportunity to gain experience and exposure to a variety of businesses in the entertainment space. Upon organizing a period drive during the pandemic, she found how meaningful it is to her that storytelling is used to bring people together and make change happen. In her downtime, you may find Bobbie spending time with her family and binge watching her latest obsessions that are streaming.

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