Danae Horst, Folia Collective. Photo: Kristin Guy.

Event to Cater to Vast L.A. Community of Plant Nerds, Plant Parents and ‘Hoarder Culturists’

To Feature Rare and Exotic Plants, Plant Doctor Q&A, Green Décor Demo and Music (for Plants) in the Historic Downtown Venue

America’s recent obsession with houseplants has spawned a community of passionate “Plant Parents” across Los Angeles. To meet the growing demand from eager plant collectors, Union Station presents the debut of Plantopia, a plant and pottery market dedicated to all things botanical, Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Ticket Concourse at historic Union Station.

Free advance general admission tickets for one of two green gatherings (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.) are required and available at Eventbrite. Please note: admission is free but advance tickets are required. Walk-ins will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Plantopia will immerse guests in the art of indoor gardening and feature an eclectic mix of plants from a variety of vendors, including The Plant ChicaPretty in GreenThe Haus PlantFolia Collective, Latinx With Plants, The Juicy Leaf, Thorn & Raised, Exotic Greens and Rocknair as well as pots and planters from Knotty DiscoThe SillStevie Dee PotteryMackenzie’s Macrame and more. Additionally, Polar Bear Kitchen will be offering all-natural, farm-fresh and organic culinary smoothies throughout the day.

Activities will include a Plant Doctor Q&A with Cillie Barnes (aka THE BLACK THUMBinspiring guests to keep their plants alive; one day at a time, a “Dig in the Dirt” station; and a green décor demo from plant stylist and author Danae Horst, founder of Los Angeles-based plant boutique and plant styling studio, Folia Collective. Horst will sign copies of her book “House Plants For All: How to Fill Any Home With Happy Plants.”

Go green and sow green with a live DJ spinning “Mother Earth’s Plantasia,” electronic music pioneer Mort Garson’s beloved cult album that was composed specifically for plants to listen to.  

For additional information, visit https://unionstationla.com/happenings/plantopia.

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Felix Navarro, The Juicy Leaf. Photo: Renata Meirelles.