Indoor gardening rising in recognition

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FARGO – The birds chirping and shoveling soil into pots on the inner roof of the greenhouse turned a wintry Saturday, February 20, into a spring jump at Baker Garden & Gift on South University Drive.

Audrey Gilbraith, the store’s houseplant manager, was one of many employees who had had a steady flow of traffic for a typically slower time of year.

“It was amazing to see how many people became more interested in indoor plants,” said Gilbraith. “We really had a great season this year just with the amount of people so excited.”

Gilbraith said that breeders of all kinds have amassed plants such as the Zanzibar gem, elephant ear, and small succulents, and she has encouraged many plant parents to put their hearts in the selection of a care product.

“Anything you have in mind is probably something you should better take care of,” Gilbraith said. “Anything you fall in love with the moment you see it is the plant for you.”

Two girls choose a houseplant to take home on Saturday, February 20th at Baker Garden & Gift.

Two girls choose a houseplant to take home on Saturday, February 20th at Baker Garden & Gift.

Some of the plants in the greenhouse don’t need a lot of sun and water, but Gilbraith emphasized that one of the most important things to keep them fully grown is keeping an eye on the weather and the seasons.

“It’s passion (taking care of plants), of course,” she said. “It is (for) anyone who wants something living in their home to take care of.”

As we near March and Spring, Gilbraith hopes the steady traffic will stop and buy more plants from her greenhouse to put in her greenhouses.

“It’s a lot of patience and a lot of watching, but it’s very rewarding at this point in the year to see them come back to life,” she said.