Mysteries of the Common Houseplant - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Mysteries of the Common Houseplant

1 hour
$15 per device
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$15 per device
$15 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this monthly series, presented by Atlas Obscura and Bloomscape, we’ll dig into the mysterious world of house plants! Why’d we bring them inside? Where did ferns come from? What’s the deal with monsteras? Why do cacti exist?

From care and culture, to the surprising role plants have played in history, we’ll feature guest experts, artists, and hands-on plant interaction. Focusing in on a specific type of plant, we’ll sow the seeds of wonder, learning how to care for our green friends and shedding a little light on the rare and under-appreciated botanical wonders that surround us all. Appropriate for all levels of plant lover, from the “oh my god how do I kill everything?” type, to the “do you want these rare orchids I’m propagating?” kind, there’s plant-spiration for all. So grab a plant and join us as we reveal the mysteries of the common houseplant.

This month we'll be exploring the intersection of plants and design! We'll talk about all things biophilic design, plant architecture, and some amazing ways people have used plants in their interior design. We'll be joined by landscape designer Scotty Shoemaker!
This Month's Guest:

Scotty Shoemaker is an Associate Landscape Designer at Andrea Scharff Landscape Design (IG: andreascharfflandscape), an award-winning residential and commercial design firm based in Los Angeles. Past work experience includes the construction and maintenance of living walls and environmental nonprofit management, most recently as Managing Director of the Northern California Solar Energy Association. He has a BA from Wesleyan University in Economics and Environmental Studies where his research focused on cap and trade, carbon tax models, and alternative currencies. He is currently completing his Professional Designation Certificate in Landscape Architecture at UCLA Extension, where his Capstone Project explores the use of ecological infrastructure to protect the San Francisco Embarcadero from sea level rise and seismic risks.Scotty has a deep love for nature and adventure, with a particular interest in coastlines (as a surfer) and Antarctic climates (inspired by a season of work at McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica). His goal is to create regenerative landscapes that heal the earth, mitigate the effects of climate change, and add to the wellbeing of both humans and nature.

This experience is presented in partnership with Bloomscape. Bloomscape aims to strengthen your relationship with plants. They make buying plants easy by delivering healthy, ready-to-go plants to your door and setting you up with the tips and tricks you need to help your plants thrive. They offer indoor, outdoor, and edible plants, and ship them throughout the US. Their founder, Justin Mast, comes from five generations of greenhouse growers and floral industry pioneers. Both sides of Justin's family immigrated from the Netherlands, which is often considered the greenhouse and flower capital of the world. You could say green thumbs run in the Bloomscape family. Plants make life better. Bloomscape makes plants easy. Welcome to a real plant family.


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What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.

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