I never knew this, but Mother’s Day actually marks the start of planting season. All of the frost has melted away, and by this day, plants and flowers are in the clear to bloom. In honor of maternal bonds and mothers all over the world, the gift of giving flowers is always a popular choice on this holiday. Unfortunately, my mother is all the way back in Florida, so I always send her something to make this day special for her. You can never go wrong with flowers, so I went to the prefect source…Terrain!
To find out what flowers would be best to send, I met with the senior plant buyer at Terrain for a little interview. This year, they are all about the pre-potted plants. From Hydrangeas and orchids to aromatic lavender, they have some great options online that you can still order in time for Mother’s day. Read below to hear from Steven, Terrain’s plant-man extraordinaire, and to find out more on how to order a special assortment!
How long have you been working at Terrain?
I’ve been with Terrain since 2008.
How did you decide to become a plant buyer?
Early in my career I worked in wholesale production. I was proud to be involved in something that fostered and supported my personal hobbies and passions. After several years I realized my desire to connect more closely to the end consumer, the gardener, and I decided to jump to retail. It was the best decision I’ve made in my career and have never looked back!
Can you describe a typical day in the life of a plant buyer?
The assortment, like the plants, is alive and always in flux. Every day we are able to see sales and look for opportunities in the assortment. With every opportunity we replenish from the best plants available in the market that week. Regardless of the puzzle piece we choose, they are always fresh and always new. There are endless amounts of lists to comb through to find just the right piece.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Product sourcing Mondays! Mondays are our biggest buying day of the week and we get to make our selections.
What are your favorite springtime flowers?
After the winter we’ve just experienced, I was eager for any signs of life in the garden. All of the earliest blooming plants were so comforting to see and they happened in pockets all throughout the city. Witch-hazel then hellebores and then snowdrops. All small pockets of color that gave me hope that winter would soon be over. Though this year, I admit I was happiest seeing the forsythia in bloom. They’re so abundant throughout the city and their color helped put the winter behind me.
How do you decide what types of plants work best together when creating arrangements?
I think you have to decide first what type of emotion you want the arrangement to cause and then make the decision how to make it ignite the emotion. Balancing the fragrance, color, and texture of that emotion leads you to the plant decision.
What are some of your favorite flowers to give as gifts to people you love? Why?
I enjoy giving potted plants to my friends for small table decoration. They can treat them like a cut flower bunch and enjoy them for a short time or give them permanence. I try and match the plant to the person but succulents are usual suspects being a little easier to care for.
If you could treat your mother to a special Mother’s Day date, what would you do and where would you take her?
I’d take her to an antique market. She’d love nothing more than to sift through every aisle finding a piece of depression glass to add to her collection. It would make her day if I spent it with her listening to all of her stories of her past about collecting and trading.
For all those people out there who just don’t have quite the “green thumb”…what are some easy tips for caring for your flowers?
Manage the amount of “love” you give them. The normal tendency is to love your plant too much. If possible, pick up the plant and feel the weight when it’s dry and when it’s fully watered. Use this method to determine when to water your plants.
When I think Mother’s Day gifts… flowers are the first to come to my mind. Why do you think giving flowers as a present is so special/popular?
Flowers make most people smile…Perfect gift!
Thank you, Steve!
If you order standard shipping by Wednesday, May 7th at 10 am EST, Terrain is offering a complimentary upgrade on all of their Mother’s Day gifts (including blooming) to arrive Friday in time for Mother’s Day.
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