Pots and Plants Brings Vertical Gardens to Miami

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Knights who say Ni tell King Arthur that he must bring them a shrubbery that looks nice but is not too expensive. The Knights who say Ni would love Pots and Plants, the newest and greenest addition to the shops in the Design District.

They sell beautiful, modern arrangements of succulents and tropical plants that are surprisingly affordable. The store, located down the alley behind Finnish fabric shop Marimekko, is not easy to spot from the street. So they had a lively grand opening this past Saturday night with music by Raffa & Rainer, video art by Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez, and free-flowing mojitos.

The store's pots are made of recycled materials, and the plants are one-of-a-kind, artfully arranged by green thumbs. The real draw, though, are their Woolly Pockets, which are plastic bottles salvaged from a near-eternity in landfills that have been transformed into a kind of eco-planter. Known as "modular living wall systems" these felt containers are filled with plants -- think asparagus ferns and Chinese fan palms -- to create both indoor and outdoor hanging gardens. Wynwood's Diet Gallery has already installed one of these woolly eco-beauties so make sure to look up during next art walk for a leafy treat.

Pots and Plants' open-air warehouse has a charming, clean aesthetic, with displays

of flora, and stacks of tasteful pots. Party-goers and eco-enthusiasts

enjoyed the store's grand opening this past Saturday at the North Miami

Avenue Festival. Local folk-duo Raffa & Rainer provided live music

and local experimental filmmaker Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez projected

"O Amor" video installation onto walls.

Check out the new store: Whether you want to green

up your patio or just your dark, sad cubicle, this is the place

go. But please, leave all your pot and plant jokes outside. It's just

not that kind of store.

Pots and Plants is located at 3940 N. Miami Avenue in Miami and is open

Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m., and Tuesdays by appointment.

Call 305-803-0533 or visit www.pots-plants.com.

--Liz Tracy

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