When my husband and I got married, we moved into an apartment with enough space for a garden. I wasn’t sold on buying dirt and putting in a vegetable garden that we’d eventually leave, but eventually, I agreed. As it turned out, I loved that garden!
I’d wake up at 5 a.m. to weed before my workouts, and I learned new recipes to use everything we grew. Now, after having kids, that seems like a very distant memory.
Having an active hobby as a mom is hard. Most hobbies require you to leave your home, buy some new piece of equipment, and/or hire a sitter each time you participate. In the few years that I’ve been a parent, I’ve gotten good at prioritizing my basic needs — cleanliness, food, and using the bathroom alone… sometimes. There just isn’t a lot of room for activities or outings between work and motherhood.
That said, being home more over the last few years has inspired my renewed love for plants! This reclaimed hobby has also gotten me out of the house and into some pretty cool plant spaces in and around the city. Here are my four favorite plant shops in the Boston area.
Emerald City is the coolest new plant place located just south of Boston in Norwood. They come to popups in Boston regularly, but visiting the shop is a must for local plant lovers. It doubles as a lush event space, and it’s worth being inside to peek at the plants you’re allowed to rent!
Niche offers plant lovers the opportunity to not only purchase plants (online and in the store) but to take classes to learn about plants! Classes vary from beginner houseplant needs to using plants in art. You can even bring in your hurting plant and get some advice about how to nurse it back to health!
The Sill has stores in a handful of states, and Massachusetts is lucky to be one of them! Located in Back Bay, they offer classes on plant care (for every season), dealing with pests, and how to make the succulent garden of your dreams. Unique to The Sill is the ability to specifically purchase lots of plant decor and even DIY flower bouquet kits. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with friends, the flower kits may be the perfect paint night replacement!
If you’re hoping to update your outdoor and indoor gardens, Ricky’s Flower Market in Union Square is the ultimate place to go. The market is largely outdoors, and you can find outdoor plants, indoor plants, and any type of soil or planter you need! Unlike most places, they are open daily in case you want to grab something during the week or make an event out of it with a friend on the weekend.
Having a hobby that I can enjoy alone and with my children at home has made us all happy. While the boys don’t always get to come along on the plant-shopping adventure, they love talking to and watering the plants with me. It’s beautiful to see them connect to an activity I love but can reserve just for myself whenever I need.