By Devon Dams-O’Connor
If you’re ready to make the leap into houseplants but aren’t sure where to start, a fun, crafty option is to grab a friend and head to a Plant Nite. Held at Western New York bars and breweries, these hands-on parties invite participants to get their hands dirty as they create a take-home tabletop garden of succulent plants, rocks, and accent items like colorful mosses or figurines. Each event centers around a different planter design from rustic to whimsical – like a hanging glass globe filled with mosses and sedum at Resurgence Brewing Company, an antique wooden drawer garden at Flying Bison Brewing Company, or a gnome garden terrarium at the Armor Inn. Herb gardens are on tap for the spring.
Instructor Jennifer Russo, a self-described crafty person who started as a host for Paint Nite (sister company of Plant Nite) says she varies the planter designs so that people can select a project that fits their décor or personality. And the variety means people often come back more than once.
“We had a bride do three different Plant Nites with family members to get ideas for making her own wedding centerpieces featuring succulent plants,” Russo says.
All of the plants come from Angle Acres Greenhouse in Orchard Park and are super easy to care for, requiring six to eight hours of sunlight and minimal watering – once a month through the winter, and once a week in warmer weather.
Plant Nite event tickets are $55 and include a green apron, container, plants, soil, decorative elements, and instruction. Visit “Plant Nite Buffalo” on Facebook to see the upcoming schedule, purchase tickets, and get a coupon code good for 30 percent off. Advance ticket purchase is required as events do sell out.