By Black With Plants

Black w/ Plants: The Writing Process Q&A with Nakia Hill

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about writing, or the process of writing? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I would like readers to know that my writing is extremely ripe + raw. It reveals the inner…

Black w/ Plants: Community Building Q&A with Maryah Greene

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Greene.Piece? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Greene.Piece is a platform that I created that serves as an informative space for anyone who is looking to add a bit of…

Black w/ Plants: Community Engagement Q&A with Ashleigh B. Taylor

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about the Taylor & York salon? located in the Shaw neighborhood, and its impact on salon patrons?   When we first opened our doors we were on the street level of 1604 7th Street NW, there were two large bay windows people could look through and see out of. I remember…

Black w/ Plants: Plant Care Q&A with Julie Topping

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about caring for plants?  Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I think plants do a couple of important things. They connect people who have a common interest. This is important because I believe all people…

Black w/ Plants: Health Coach Q&A with Jasmine King

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about your role as a health coach? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I want readers to know that being open is essential for healing. I believe that black women are in need of healing…

Black w/ Plants: Q&A with Danielle Zelue

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. Q. What do you want readers to know about self care? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Self care is vital to your well being. It is not a selfish act, you need to pour into yourself before you…

Black w/ Plants: A Playlist For Liberation

A Playlist For Liberation is a Spotify playlist created by @blackwithplants to help listeners focus on decolonizing their plant-care practice. Said online playlist amplifies the voices of black folk, people of color, women, and individuals often marginalized in the dominant world view. As you aerate soil, add to your compost, or reposition houseplants, consider filling space with the genius of resilient folx. Want to deepen your understanding of geopathic stress + environmental stressors? Follow @blackwithplants on Instagram.   Black w/ Plants: Black-owned Shops, Etc.  

Black w/ Plants: Colloquial Term(s)

You’ve probably read or overheard “black thumb,” treated like a paddle ball game. Black thumb, returning to the final paddle on its string of white privilege shatters like glass on concrete floor (today!). Why? No one has thumbs that are black, however, due to white supremacy culture and complacency, (buzz) words lacking substance loom over communities of color, similar to drones currently surveilling landscape illegally. No one has thumbs that are green (either). The word green can easily be replaced by white, especially in settler colonialism. White dress, white swan, white walls in a gallery space are not simply aesthetic choice,…

Black w/ Plants: A Playlist

w/ Plants is a Spotify playlist created by @blackwithplants to help listeners prioritize improving their relationship with plants. Said online playlist centers the voices of black folk, people of color, women, and individuals often marginalized in white supremacy culture. As you remove dust from foliage, peruse your favorite plant shop, or decolonize your thinking, consider filling space with the alluring sounds above. Want to deepen your understanding of root + shoot systems? Follow @blackwithplants on Instagram. Black w/ Plants: Black-owned Shops, Etc.  

Black w/ Plants: Black-owned Shops, Etc.

Below you will notice information pertaining to Black-owned Shops in D.C., Detroit, Ypsilanti, the East Bay, and scattered across the globe. Each shop, etc. will connect readers to Black botanists, horticulturists, farmers, plant stylists, interior designers, in addition to individuals working hard to help people improve their understanding of and relationship w/ plants. Black-owned Shops Lee’s Flower Shop (Washington, D.C.) Lillith Plant Shop (Washington, D.C.) Natty Garden (Brooklyn) PRICK (London) Red Rose Florist (Detroit) The Zen Succulent (North Carolina) Urbane Terrain (North Carolina) ETC. Prick: Cacti and Succulents: Choosing, Styling, Caring (SIGNED) by Gynelle We The People Growers Association (Ypsilanti, MI)…