Plant ownership can be daunting–there are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right one for you, between keeping it watered just enough and in a spot with the right amount of lighting. Luckily, for new and experienced plant parents alike, a new boutique plant shop has opened its doors to help demystify the process of bringing a new plant into your home.
Rewild, the trendy plant shop in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, opened their new location in Ballston Quarter on Wednesday, October 20, the three-year anniversary of when their first location opened in Shaw.
For the people at Rewild, plant care is about more than it appears. Their store philosophy is, “We aim to inspire and create a retreat from the urban setting, rooted in the belief that plant care is self-care.”
“Plant ownership and plant care is actually a practice in mindfulness,” says Lily Cox, one of the store’s three co-owners. She explained that watching the leaves, seeing the growth, touching the soil to gauge the need for watering, all serve to keep you connected to your senses–not to mention the sense of accomplishment that comes with successfully keeping a plant alive.
“People can feel really proud when they’re having success with their plant,” Cox says. “It’s kind of this symbiotic relationship because you’re witnessing your plant’s success and it’s promoting a sense of well-being for you as well.”
Rewild has a carefully curated atmosphere and a team of experts who care about the plants they’re selling and about setting their customers up to succeed in plant care.
“We do the most that we can to really instill a sense of confidence and comfort with the purchase, because we want you to have success,” Cox says.
The store carries a wide range of house plants, ranging from small potted plants perfect for beginners to the rare and exotic. An exciting new arrival is the “Euphorbia White Ghost,” a unique cactus whose name refers to its ghost-white complexion.
Plants can be purchased online and either picked up in-store or delivered right to you by a member of the Rewild team, where they can help you with placing the plant in your home or help with repotting. Listings for each plant are accompanied by a simple system to show how much sun and water it needs, plus noting how easy it is to care for so you don’t end up in over your head.
The new location has served to increase their delivery radius, making it so that they can now deliver to just about anywhere within the beltway, according to Cox.
If you’re looking to branch out into the world of house plants but are unsure of what would work with your living space, Rewild has a service to help. You can purchase a consultation with one of their specialists, either in-person or virtually, where they’ll take a look around your living space and help you determine what kind of plants would fit in.
The store also has a blog on their website, offering advice from the owners about everything you might need to know about your plants once you’ve brought them into your home, whether that’s how to use the plants as a design element in your home or how to tell if you’ve over- or under-watered the plants.
From the time you start wondering about potentially getting a plant, all the way through your experience growing it, Rewild is there to help you succeed.
Photo by Mariah Lower Jones
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