Last Monday we launched the first Plant Life Balance Places event among the glorious foliage of A Loft Story in Sydney’s Inner West. A full house was treated to a lively discussion from a panel made up of greening experts and creative minds Michael Chiem of PS40, ceramicist Rachel Farag, plant doctor and budding microbiologist Jana Stewart, and illustrator Chloe Joyce.
Whilst sipping on our cocktails – thanks to Seedlip and Archie Rose – the panellists explored their relationship with plants, the myriad health and wellbeing benefits plants bring, and how to introduce the wonder of greenery into every aspect of your life.
There were some terrific nuggets of plant life wisdom:
“I think the Central Park building [in Sydney] is a really good example of integrating greenery into our cities. I think when that building first got finished, people thought it was crazy cool, but it would be nice if that was just normal.” – Jana Stewart
“…many bars churn through lemon and lime juice really fast, without using the skin and husk whereas we try to use 100% of the fruit. This mindset encourages us to be super creative with how we work with plants and fruit, balancing waste minimisation with the primary goal of ensuring our drinks taste amazing.” – Michael Chiem
“Painting plants and flowers is really important to me because Australia has such a dark history and we have struggled to form our own identity as a country. Native flora is a means for us to have a positive relationship with our country, connecting us as people, and to our land.” – Rachel Farag
“I think as a society, we have this weird dysmorphia with plants, because we’re only ever seeing them look beautiful and really glossy, and never have brown leaves, especially on Instagram. I hate to think of people looking at their plants, watering it and wishing it was something else, or looked different, because I think plants are so wholesome, and it’s such a beautiful, thing to have a moment with them, to be present and focus.” – Chloe Joyce
Keep an eye out for expanded Q&As with each of our panellists here on Plant Life Balance soon.
In the meantime, check out more Plant Life Balance Places and don’t forget to keep posting your Plant Life Balance creations using #myplantlifebalance.