Plant care has numerous impacts on the health of our bodies, minds, and spirits. Being connected to something that grows and thrives brings us a sense of calmness and responsibility.
Amanda Parrish and Chelsea Updegrove hope that their plant shop, Parrish and Grove, brings people the same feelings they get from plants. For Chelsea, the act of helping plants thrive has meant the most.
“I would say that having plants has made me more committed and nurturing, in a way, because you really have to take care of your plant, you have to see it through.”
Both Amanda and Chelsea work at the Lands Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and growth of the Northwest wilderness, and their experience there cultivated a passion for plants. They saw a need for flowers and houseplants in Spokane so the Parrish and Grove business began.
“We’re really proud of what we’ve created and it’s so wonderful to have this creative outlet to do floral design and then also to share our love and enthusiasm for plants…”
Their space is all about community, sustainability, and beauty.
“There’s a sense of pride…that can only come after years and years of caring for something and paying attention.”
Chelsea hopes their shop provides inspiration for people, not only in what they can bring into their homes, but also into their day-to-day lives.
“I hope people give themselves the time, space, and the confidence to really care for plants both indoors and out in the wilderness.”
Videography for this episode is by Charlie Pierson. Music is by Lane King.