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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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Cultivating Curiosity with Plants with Tyler Thrasher

• 70 min

Plant friends, we are diving deep about how and why plants are such a fantastic tool for cultivating curiosity. Beyond making my home look beautiful, the greatest gift plants have given me is reinvigorating my connection with the natural world, and my inner student and child. As kids, we are blessed with this childlike wonder that gets so easy to lose touch with as we grow older, and plants bring that back to us. Our guest, Tyler Thrasher, is just the kind of person to learn how to cultivate curiosity with plants, as he is one of the most innovate, unique plant people hanging out on the internet. So get ready to not just care for your plants today, but to cultivate your own curiosity within you! Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection. Click here to join us! Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up! In this episode we learn:[01:21] Exciting Growing Joy announcements![03:55] How Tyler became the plant parent he is today[06:16] What was Tyler’s experience exploring his interest in nature as he was growing up?[07:44] How plants teach us about growth and resilience[09:42] Do you need a degree to study plants?[12:43] How plants reignite our curiosity about the world around us[16:13] How do you cultivate your curiosity even during the bad times?[19:57] Why human curiosity is evolution speaking[23:54] How Tyler’s greenhouse has changed over the years[27:17] What does Tyler’s collection look like at present?[28:24] Safe and quality indoor and outdoor gardening products[29:48] How to grow your food year-round![32:14] What is a sport in plants?[33:24] Developing The Sport Hunting Guide and making variegated plants more accessible[38:19] What are different ways to rediscover your passion and love for plants?[41:24] What steps did Tyler take in exploring his curiosity about his first hybrid?[44:35] How many hybrids does Tyler have today?[46:31] How did Tyler learn how to crystallize flowers? How did he explore this curiosity?[48:17] What does Tyler’s lab setup look like? [49:02] How long does it take to crystallize something? [51:32] What does Tyler’s learning process look like? What resources does he use to explore his curiosities?[56:00] What’s next for Tyler and Moonbeam Flora?[58:18] Tyler on being a human dad and a plant parent, and raising a kid around plants[01:01:28] Where to find Tyler onlineMentioned in our conversation:Braiding Sweetgrass, book by Robin Wall KimmererTyler Thrasher’s Sport Hunting GuideMoonbeam FloraMonstera Sports Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyExcited for this year's growing season? If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. They are offering an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Radio, use code GROW10 to get 10% off your first order. Order now at Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit

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