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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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How She Grew The Sill: Plantrepreneur Eliza Blank

• 37 min

If you interact with the houseplant community online at all, you've definitely felt the impact of The Sill on our plant niche. I honestly can't believe that it took me a whopping 230 episodes to finally have Eliza Blank, founder of The Sill, grace the Growing Joy with Plants podcast! Her female founder story of recognizing a need for a houseplant brand and building it into a million-dollar company would make you feel empowered, as it did me. In case you didn’t know, The Sill was one of the OG plant brands that helped start the houseplant craze before the pandemic. And when I first started my podcast, they were also the first to reach out and show their support! So I want to take this opportunity to show you the story behind the success of The Sill live on stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. In this episode, we learn:[00:30] The Sill and its impact on the houseplant community[05:23] How did Eliza get into houseplants?[07:28] How exciting/challenging is it to launch a houseplant brand early on?[11:20] How did The Sill come about?[13:13] How Eliza built a multimillion-dollar brand[14:25] Why “fake it till you make it” mindset works WONDERS![15:47] Create the perfect Danish hygge atmosphere with Wind River Chimes[18:57] What was the struggle for The Sill during COVID? [20:34] Navigating challenges in the plant industry[22:23] What’s the process of sourcing and acquiring plants?[24:14] What’s Eliza’s definition of success (and has it changed over the years?)[25:10] What it feels like being a woman in a male-dominated industry[26:56] Trends and customer preferences in 2024[29:01] What’s next for The Sill? [30:01] Eliza’s personal life and hobbies beyond plants[32:30] Eliza’s favorite client story! Mentioned in our conversation:Northwest Flower and Garden FestivalTropical Plant International Expo (TPIE)Growing Joy Ep 18: Prepping Your Houseplant For Spring and the Science Behind Fertilizer With Chris Satch from The SillGrowing Joy Ep 30 Orchid 101 with Chris from The SillGrowing Joy Ep 38: Transitioning Your Plants Back Indoors for Winter with Chris from The Sill For a deeper dive into The Sill's story,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsor:Wind River ChimesTurn your home into a relaxation oasis with chimes! Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. They are launching a new collection of chimes called Eclipse, which are Corinthian bells uniquely tuned to the Lydian mode, a scale that creates an ethereal atmosphere of enchantment that matches the mystery and wonder of the solar eclipse and of outer space. Plus, these chimes make for amazing personal gifts to your loved ones! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all engraveable wind chimes. Follow Eliza: Website Facebook Instagram X YouTube LinkedIn Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here! Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria Website: Pinterest: @growingjoywithmaria Our Sponsors: * Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined * Check out undefined and use my code TODAY for a great deal: undefined Advertising Inquiries:

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