The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is where the plant community and Horticulturist taught education come together.
plant and gardening enthusiasts would gather at local garden and community centers for garden society meet ups, where they could nerd out with fellow plant geeks to get expert level education from guest speakers, trade tips and techniques and show off their prized plants.
the plant community has extended past local garden centers, into a world wide web of plant friends across the internet.
But the internet has also created an overwhelming amount of unvetted plant care guides and advice, that are sometimes just plain wrong or hard to understand.
Like minded plant friends from around the world can come together in this safe, algorithm and troll free space, to nerd out about plants, post in the dedicated conversation spaces for various planty interests and even connect with local plant friends through the "plant friends near me feature".
It's the premium tier within the Garden Party Platform, for those who are ready to dive deeper into their Plant Parenthood journey. You'll grow your knowledge with exclusive monthly "Node of Knowledge" Lectures on various aspects of plant care and AHA (Ask Our Horticulturist Anything) coaching calls, taught by Horticulturist in Residence, Leslie Halleck. You'll grow yourself and your plant/person connection with monthly "Growing Joy" calls with Garden Society Host, Maria.
The Science of Plant Dormancy: Learn how light, temperature, water, and time influence development and dormancy in your houseplants and garden plants.
Grow Lights 101 and Beyond: We’ll explore the basics – and specifics – of grow lighting 101. Light and photoperiod play a big role in potential dormancy, or slowed winter growth, of many of your favorite houseplants. Plus, this class will gear you up for your January seed starting activities!
Indoor and Outdoor Seed Starting Intensive: We’ll be taking a deep dive into Seed Starting techniques and will go into further detail on how to treat seeds and break seed dormancy for difficult species, such as many succulents and wildflowers. This class is for both indoor and outdoor plant parents looking to start seeds.
Plant Transpiration; How Humidity & Temperature Impact Your Plants: Humidity and temperature drive plant transpiration. But how? We'll dig into how plant transpiration works in your plants (indoors and out), and learn the difference between absolute humidity, relative humidity, and vapor pressure deficit. We'll cover strategies for growing more challenging high-humidity species indoors, as well as learn to recognize signs of plant stress in the garden. More to come!
Water Quality & Watering Techniques for Your Plants: The topic of water quality gets thrown around online, a lot. But what is the real difference between tap water, RO water, and rainwater? What's in them, how do you measure their quality, and what impact does each (and what they potentially contain) impact your plants? Water quality and Plant Nutrition go hand in hand.
Calls will initially be live, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end, and then uploaded into the Garden Society Hub to watch at your convenience.
AHAs, or "Ask Our Horticulturist Anythings" are monthly calls with our Horticulturist in Residence, where you can ask her questions directly about what we are learning in the Node of Knowledge lectures, and troubleshoot your own plant care issues with your personal plant collection. (Yes, that's monthly opportunities to meet with a horticulturist about your own specific plant care needs. The opportunity to get ongoing expert advice about your personal collection is worth the entire subscription price alone).
Society Members will hop on a casual call with Maria every month, to explore the plant/person connection, show off their favorite plants, and trade tips and tricks with each other about their growing techniques and deepen their plant friendships.
Your Garden Society Membership gives you access to all of the features of the Garden Party Platform, so in addition to the high quality education and personal and planty development you'll be getting in the Society, you'll also be able to connect with the greater Bloom & Grow Community, meet local plant parents near you, and explore the special interest conversation topics like houseplants, gardening, planty DIY, planty business, plant ID and the Plant Swap Space!
Maria is the Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady behind the Bloom & Grow Radio Podcast and Media. Bloom & Grow Radio is a planty podcast that educates, empowers and inspires everyone to care for plants successfully, grow their indoor jungles and cultivate more joy in their lives. She is on a mission to make the world a kinder and greener place through the practice of plant care, and is so excited to have the Garden Party and Society as a way to house our incredible community of international listeners who are all on this planty journey together.
After struggling to find high quality, science based plant care education on the internet (and hearing the same woes from my community of listeners) she created the Garden Society as a safe space for our community to deepen their plant care knowledge and take their plant parenthood to the next level.
Leslie F. Halleck is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (ASHS) who has spent her nearly-thirty-year career hybridizing horticulture science with home gardening consumer needs. As a green industry communicator, book author, and horticulture instructor, her specialty is digesting horticultural and botanical science and techniques into formats that are friendly, easily understandable, and executable for both the home hobbyist and budding professional.
Halleck earned a BS in Biology/Botany from the University of North Texas and an MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University. Halleck’s professional experience is well rounded, with time spent in botanical field research, public gardens, landscape design and maintenance, garden writing, garden center retail, and horticulture and green industry consulting. At the end of 2012, Halleck devoted herself full-time to running her company, Halleck Horticultural, LLC, a horticulture industry consulting and marketing agency. Halleck is also currently a UCLA Extension Instructor for the Horticulture & Gardening Program.
Halleck’s previous positions include Director of Horticulture Research at the Dallas Arboretum, and General Manager for North Haven Gardens (IGC) in Dallas, Texas. Halleck is now a regular feature on the professional speaking and industry publication circuit, but she also continues to offer up common-sense gardening advice and hands-on learning to home gardeners via her Plantgeek Chic blog, public workshops, plant swaps, and consumer publications. During her career, Halleck has written hundreds of articles for local, regional, and national publications, as well as taught countless gardening programs for the home houseplant keeper, indoor grower, flower gardener, edible enthusiast, and backyard farmer.
Halleck is the author of several books, including "Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers" (2018) and "Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers" (2019). Her latest book, "Tiny Plants: Discover the joys of growing and collecting itty bitty houseplants" was released in June, 2021