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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
If you love styling your indoor plants and have an eye for design, becoming a professional plant stylist may be the perfect side hustle or full-time career for you, plant friends! Plant styling has exploded in popularity recently, as more people discover the therapeutic benefits of surrounding themselves with plants. In this episode, we’ll share insights from Maryah Greene, a successful New York-based plant stylist and influencer, on how she built her brand Greene Piece. You’ll learn Maryah’s tips for starting a plant styling company, calculating rates, and her new children’s book, ‘Good Things.’ We’ll also cover her top plant styling techniques to create cohesive, harmonious plant designs tailored to you and your space.
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Maryah Greene worked as an elementary school teacher when she first moved to New York City. On weekends, she started caring for coworkers’ and friends’ plants for some extra income. Maryah quickly realized she had a talent for assessing people’s spaces and selecting the perfect plants for their needs and lifestyles.
Maryah officially launched her plant doctor persona and plant styling business, Greene Piece, soon after. She went viral on Good Morning America as the “plant doctor,” leading to an influx of new clients wanting her services. Maryah helped transform people’s homes into lively urban jungles filled with thriving plants.
Based on Maryah Greene’s experience, here are some top tips for launching your own professional plant styling company:
Over the years, Maryah has been invited into hundreds of homes to assess their plant potential. Here are some of her top styling tips:
Follow these guidelines from Maryah to create intentional, tailored plant designs for any space or style.
Maryah recently added “published author” to her list of accomplishments. But her new children’s book “Good Things” is not exactly a plant care manual. Instead, it tackles profound themes of grief, loss, and resilience.
The story shows young Malcolm mourning the loss of his beloved father. He experiences the stages of grief while discovering self-care strategies to process his emotions.
“Good Things” teaches a profound lesson about resilience. When faced with unimaginable grief, especially at a young age, children need guidance to process their feelings and continue thriving. The metaphors of nature and nurturing provide the boy solace during his darkest times.
Maryah originally wrote it as a graduate school project, drawing from her teaching background.
She pushed the publisher to release it in summer 2020, arguing it “couldn’t come at a better time” amidst racial injustice protests.
While suitable for 4-8-year-olds, Maryah believes the story offers wisdom for all ages. Plants simply provide the metaphor for trauma and healing.
In addition to her services, Maryah has built a substantial social media presence with over 30k Instagram followers. She advises staying true to yourself rather than trying overly hard to get sponsorships.
While Maryah enjoys partnering with brands, she only works with those who authentically align with her mission and message. She’s transparent about paid partnerships, which her followers appreciate.
By creating content she believes in, remaining choosy about collaborations, and keeping it real, Maryah has developed an engaged community. They trust her recommendations because she’s proven she won’t just post about any random product for money.
Maryah Greene is a wonderful example of blending your passion with purpose. She turned her plant care expertise into a thriving business while creating content that resonates.
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