Plant care meets self-care

Growing Joy™: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)

60+ practices and personal stories to help you cultivate a stronger connection with nature and yourself.

Plant care meets self-care

Growing Joy™: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)

60+ practices and personal stories to help you cultivate a stronger connection with nature and yourself.

Click below to order Your copy today!

What's it about, Maria?

Growing Joy™ is about my journey from going to overstimulated, stressed plant killer, to Happy Plant Lady™.

In Growing Joy™, I’ve distilled those lessons and stories, and shared over 60 plant-based and plant-inspired practices to help you create connected moments with nature and yourself that will rock your world.

Order now!

Plant care is self care.

Let's talk about how to best live this truth.

Step away from your screens.
Toward Nature. 
And yourself. 

Discover the power of plants to help you disconnect from the stress and anxiety of modern life and grow more joy in your world. Filled with practices to help plant lovers step away from their screens and cultivate delight and peace of mind with plants, Growing Joy™ is your guide to transforming plant care into self-care.

In easy to read, light-hearted chapters, author Maria Failla, host of the beloved podcast Growing Joy with Plants, explores the science behind our love of plants and shares how that humble aloe plant on your windowsill can unlock a world of wellness and delight.

With ideas and tips both big and small—from simply making a habit of looking at a plant before looking at a screen in the morning to creating a plant-infused restorative retreat in your home—Growing Joy™ will help you create a meaningful wellness practice rooted in nature and connection. And of course, there’s some plant care tips in there too to make sure both you and your green friends thrive!

Illustrated by Samantha Leung, from Hemleva

The minute I got offered this book opportunity, I knew I wanted Samantha to illustrate it.

I’ve been a fan of Samantha’s plant brand, Hemleva, for years and think she is just the greatest plant lady ever.

Check out these unbelievable illustrations that have elevated my words beyond what I could have ever imagined!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the amazing illustrations you’ll find in the book!

What people are saying!

"Growing Joy™ is the breath of fresh air every entrepreneur needs, from greening up your work space to using plants as a tool to disconnect with screens and reconnect with yourself, Failla has a fresh take on how we can use plants to bring more calm to our day-to-day lives."

—Pat Flynn, CEO of Flynndustries, Host of the Smart Passive Income Podcast

"Practical, insightful, and joyous, Growing Joy™ is a much-needed invitation to renew our relationship with nature—and ourselves—while finding peace in the process."

—Prof & Dr. Qing Li of Nippon Medical School, author of Forest Bathing

"Growing Joy™ is a delightful guide to both plant care and self care, exploring the love of Nature through meaningful practices. Maria's encouraging voice will surely cultivate growth in your plant life—and real life!"

—Darryl Cheng, author of The New Plant Parent

"Growing Joy™ inspires you to dig deep into the emotional side of making meaningful botanical connections and cultivating a more peaceful lifestyle through plants. As always, Maria offers up a sunny dose of planty joy!"

—Leslie F. Halleck, CPH, Author of Gardening Under Lights, Plant Parenting, and Tiny Plants

"Filled with tips and thoughtful practices to help us connect to nature and ourselves; Growing Joy™ will not only lead you to take better care of yourself, but of your plants as well, while finding joy in the journey."

—Danae Horst, Founder of Folia Collective and author of Houseplants For All

“FINALLY… it’s the self-care book every screen-obsessed, stressed-out-all-the-time Millenial needs! Maria brilliantly brings the most age-old concepts to light in an easily digestible way, inspiring anyone and everyone to find the green in their own thumbs and joy in their hearts”

—Lucie Fink, Video Producer, Lifestyle Host, and YouTube host

"With grace, grit and a green thumb, Maria stops to smell the roses with us through her intimate and indispensable guide on becoming a better plant person—and all around human—in this life."

—Jackie Alemany, Washington Post Correspondent

The Growing Joy™ Experience Book Tour!

Come cultivate community with these IRL events celebrating the launch of the book!


July 27th Terrain Glen Mills, PA


July 31st Terrain Westport, CT

More tour dates coming soon!

Are you interested in hosting a Growing Joy™ Experience event? Email for more details!

Snag Your Copy!

Plant inspired joy awaits.

Click below to order Your copy today!

Have an event coming up?

Hire Maria to speak at your next event!

Bring Growing Joy™ to life for your community!  Have Maria speak at your upcoming event, workshop, or retreat to help your community navigate their own path to a happier and more connected life through plants. Let Maria share her tools through one of three talks, leaving audience members feeling inspired to grow deeper roots by nurturing houseplants and themselves: one leaf at a time.

Speaking information