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Plant friends, the most awaited day is here: it's Growing Joy‘s Pub Day! To celebrate Growing Joy hitting the bookstores and to give thanks to the wonderful community behind Bloom and Grow, I've asked community members to share with us how plants help them grow joy. This episode is a wonderful reminder of what plants can do for us: from helping us learn about the world around us, to rediscovering our inner child, to guiding our healing may it be a spiritual, mental, or emotional, to building a community of like-minded plant people, and many more. I'm so excited to bring to you this heartwarming compilation, and of course, my love letter to plants, Growing Joy: A Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (And Plants). Enjoy!

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Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

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In this episode we learn:

  • [00:09] What this special episode is about
  • [02:35] Pub Day is here!
  • [03:20] What Growing Joy is about
  • [04:26] The irony behind Growing Joy
  • [05:03] How a community made Growing Joy possible
  • [07:50] An excerpt from Growing Joy’s chapter ‘Practice Kindness’
  • [09:23] How plants help us connect with ourselves and with other people – Jane
  • [10:46] How plants bring calmness and remind us it’s okay to take things slow – Christy
  • [11:44] How plants remind us of the special bonds we have with people – Meredith
  • [12:21] A little fun fact about the humble beginnings of Bloom and Grow
  • [14:20] How plants bring us joy while traveling – Aaron
  • [15:21] How plants help us accept failure as part of our growth – Toni
  • [16:22] How plants encourage us to learn something new every day – Marc, Marie & Miles
  • [17:49] How plants help us grow joy by learning, sharing and giving – Samantha
  • [20:24] Cultivating your curiosity with plants, beyond Growing Joy
  • [21:25] How plants help us heal physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and more – Nancy, Pamela & Willow
  • [27:26] How growing flowers helps grow joy – Michael
  • [28:00] How growing your own food brings joy – Jodi
  • [29:09] How taking care of lithops grow joy – Jamie
  • [30:22] How plants give us a sense of purpose – Tina
  • [31:53] How plants reignite our passion and help us pursue careers that we love – Roos, Chloe, Ami, Rachael, Renee & Bailey
  • [38:17] How plants build a community that grows joy – Nicki & Steven
  • [40:08] Maria shares tips on building a community and enjoying activities together
  • [41:20] How plants help us reconnect with ourselves – Marcia, Karen, Otis, Darlene, Amy, Kamili & Connor
  • [47:36] Maria’s goal behind writing Growing Joy
  • [49:02] The introduction of Growing Joy: A Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (And Plants)

Featured plant friends:

  • Jane Ouding – @flowerland_jane
  • Christy Leitch – @teaandfronds
  • Meredith Fages Proskin
  • Aaron Albano – @aaronjalbano
  • Toni Leitgab – @tonilaviece22
  • Marc Crick – @arcanebotany
  • Marie Scwab – @schwaberry
  • Miles
  • Samantha Leung – @hemleva
  • Nancy Nowick-Kauk – @plantyogamama
  • Pam Garnett – @its_pam_ela
  • Willow Star Wright – @hanginwithplants
  • Michael Beck – @coloradobeck
  • Jodi Bunting – @simpletraditionsfarm
  • Jamie Johnson – @minnesotamesembs
  • Tina Gustafson – @elevatedgardeningaz
  • Roos Kocken – @plantwithroos
  • Chloe Tsudama Ami Polite – @politegardens
  • Rachael Cohen – @infinitesucculent
  • Renee Molina – @kreativegardens
  • Colah B Tawkin – @blackinthegarden
  • Bailey Bunting – @botanicalbails
  • Nicki – @plantpotsnwhatnots
  • Steven Thyken – @hausplantdaddy
  • Marcia Castro-Rosenberg – @rootingforyoulv
  • Karen Pinkoski – @karenpinkoski
  • Otis Schroeder – @otisfittraining
  • Darlene Zavala – @darlinggreenthings
  • Amy Lefavour – @amikinskywalker42
  • Kamili Bell Hill – @plantblerd
  • Connor Raehsler – @craehsler


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