What if I told you I could prescribe the perfect plant for you? Whether your living room is a suntrap or your home is a dark basement flat, I can diagnose precisely the right plant thanks to more than two decades of experience.
I'm Emma, founder of Trillium House Plants. My business idea came to me when I was made redundant from the Eden Project after working there for 22 years. I'd been responsible for designing and tending to indoor plants all around site, as well as taking care of in-house floristry, and creating show gardens and displays for the Eden Sessions and events.
All of that said, my story has a happy ending since redundancy gave me the push I needed to create Trillium. I'd also noticed how much I missed being around plants during lockdown, so as soon as the garden centres re-opened, I couldn't help but visit them to fill my home with as many beautiful plants as possible.
Did you know that plants can get homesick when they move to a new house? Or that we couldn't actually survive without them? They give us oxygen, they clothe us and feed us, and provide us with medicine. More than that, they nourish our soul and create a calm environment. This is where plant therapy comes in.
The connection between plants and people is deep rooted. Have you ever noticed how good you feel after a long walk in nature? Better yet, when we bring plants into our homes, they help to clean the air, and the soil they grow in contains natural bacteria that stimulates serotonin levels which makes us happy. What's more, the colour green has a soothing effect on the nervous system.
My love of plants
Plants are truly amazing, which is why I've spent the last 20 plus years of my life working as a forager, garden designer, florist and indoor plant specialist. In fact, I've loved plants since I was a child. My family lived in different countries when I was young, and many of my memories revolve around the variety of plants I discovered as we moved from place to place.
The name Trillium is the name of a beautiful 3-petalled forest flower - it is the floral emblem of Ontario, Canada, where I was born.