My old Instagram account, Houseplantsare.fun, helped me forge relationships with local plant shop owners and others in the Chicago houseplant community. In late summer of 2018, I started the Chicago Houseplant Club.
I created Chicago Houseplant Club in part as a way to build a community and make a positive impact on our city. For many, the club serves as a safe place to escape current realities by indulging in our shared love and propagation of houseplants with friends across the Chicagoland area.
The club grew from a few casual meetings at local breweries to a Facebook group of over 7000 people during the pandemic. Before I stepped down in late 2020, the club became monthly regulars at Eataly Chicago (pre-pandemic), volunteered with Garfield Park Conservatory, and raised just under $2000 in a plant auction for Chicago Freedom School.
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