10 Celeb Plant Mommas On Instagram To Follow For Your Ultimate Gardening Inspirations
(Plant) moms know best!
Just as there are different plants to find and love, so are there different kinds of plant mommas to get to know!
The last year has proven that some celebs and personalities have the greenest of green thumbs, all of whom have their own unique approach to gardening and plant care. Some focus on using plants to enhance their home's aesthetic or to help them destress, while others are all about the practical side of gardening and making sure that what they grow ends up in all the delicious dishes they whip up in the kitchen.
There's no one way to explore gardening and plant care, so check out 10 plant mommas on Instagram you can follow today for all your gardening and plant care inspiration!
Let's start with most OG plant momma of them all—Aubrey Miles!
She's been collecting plants for years and isn't just a quarantine plantita, so much so that her house is so full of plants the rest of her stuff has to compete for space with her collection. It's impossible to name a specialty of hers (she's the kind of person to want to go on trips just so she can check out what's new in greenhouses and other plant hubs in and around Metro Manila), but much of the plants she cares for are big, leafy tropical beauties (some rare and exotic species) that require lots of light and humidity. She's undoubtedly a plant momma and who has literally created a indoor jungle for her and family, which, really, has a ton of benefits.
Filling your house with as much plants as you can reasonably care for means your indoors are cooler, your air is naturally purified, your eyes get wonderful breaks from the screen with all the green around, and your body and brain benefit from a sense of calm brought about by being enveloped by a big, cool embrace by plants. (By the way, she's recently expanded her collection to include an outdoor plant collection, too. She built a greenhouse with several racks for newly bought saplings, and they're plants that demand an entirely different routine from her indoor plants. No one can beat the OG plant momma's passion for gardening!).
What we can learn from Aubrey: She's all about patience when it comes to plants. There's a lot to lose if you expect a plant, any kind, even the smallest, most resilient, and most newbie gardener-friendly kind of all, to grow and respond to stimuli right away. A plant knows when you get frustrated that it's not "doing" what you want it to do, and it communicates this by shying away from blooming, not sprouting new buds as it should, or just wilting away even though you follow instructions to a tee. Patience is a virtue, and you should only ever consider gardening as a new hobby if you have it (or are willing to cultivate it).
One of Doug and Cheska Kramer's goals when they built their new family home in Antipolo was to give their children an environment that would bring them closer to nature and keep them farther from the cons of growing in a dense city. Doug, who designed the entire home, wanted to make sure that he utilized materials, finishes, and colors that exuded "bringing the outdoors indoors," and when the house was finally done, Cheska spruced up this aesthetic by upping their gardening game. It's been a couple of years since they moved (just in time for a pandemic, if we may say so), and they now enjoy the beauty of plants beloved for their beauty, as well as an herb and veggie garden, too!
What we can learn from Cheska: She gets her kids involved in most of what goes on in the house, not just exclusively "kid stuff" like playing in the pool or hanging out with the dogs. Trying to connect plants and children might seem like a bizarre idea to some parents, but Cheska's aim here is to teach her children responsibility as appropriate for their age. She exposes them to the duties of what it takes to maintain a beautiful home, but makes it enjoyable! Helping mom with gardening isn't a punishment, it's a joy, and ultimately, an activity that the whole family can bond over.
Ina Raymundo isn't just famous for looking half her age and rocking a smoking hot bod while she's at it; she's also a plant-loving momma. It's not exactly new for her, but she did take things to the next level come pandemic living when she had all the time in the world to plantify her indoor spaces. The crowning glory of this pandemic project is Ina's little setup by her spiral staircase that includes a beachy hammock
It's her "away from gadgets and a way for me-time" activity that she's fallen in love with in the last few months, and although her kids aren't as into gardening as much as she is, that's okay! It's all about what relaxes her and makes her happy. Besides, even though she might the only one with a legit green thumb at home, everyone benefits from her hobby and she's more than happy to share that with the fam.
What we can learn from Ina: Pandemic or no pandemic, everyone needs an activity that's just "theirs." We're so caught up in lifestyles that teach us that everything we do as to result in something, be it likes on social media, a paycheck, or a profitable business sideline, that we forget that there are some things that can be done and enjoyed in and of themselves. Gardening is one way to this, and sure, it results in something, too—relaxation, and even a mildly therapeutic experience when you're in need of quiet time to reflect.
In case you missed it, Mylene Dizon isn't just a talented film and TV actress, she's a farm babe, too!
She's an outdoorsy gal who doesn't mind some sweat on her brow and a bit of dirt making its way under her fingernails. Why she does this is because of family; she's big on making sure that everyone in her home has access to healthy produce and all the yummy things you can make with the freshest ingredients. (Hello garden salad with butterfly pea, homemade tacos made from everything harvested in the garden, and almost daily avocado toast!). She doesn't just "oversee" her farm activities either. She's at the center of the action, even if it means having to create her own fertilizer from cow dung and toiling in the field under the sun.
What we can learn from Mylene: We can take control over our family's health. There's an impression that healthy eating is expensive and out of reach and that it's only for people who can afford it, but let Mylene show you otherwise. Especially these days when moms and other heads of households are looking to improve what's stored in their fridges and pantries, you'll be happy to know that the farm to table lifestyle is achievable. You don't need great big farmland like Mylene's either—just the principles of growing your own food. Google hydroponic planting/gardening and plant towers to start.
Certified fashionista Liz Uy takes on a different approach to plants. She doesn't collect and collect, but rather, curates. Plants are valuable home accessories to her; they're much better than, say, a painting or a vase, a sculpture or a crazily expensive sofa, because of the organic touch they can provide that no other piece of décor can.
She positions her plants in strategic places where a breathing and living thing best keeps her company—near her work desk, in a shared family room, on her bedside table. It doesn't take a lot to beautify a space with plants, either. You don't need expensive blooms to make an impression, and a simple flower arrangement or a single pot that houses a big, sturdy plant is enough to change the look and feel of a room completely. And when she does add in an extra element to go with her plants, it's also something made from a natural material and created to look as unprocessed as possible.
What we can learn from Liz: Try out minimalist design, and accessorize with plants. The plants are the heroes in this setup. You can take a break from decorating with what's traditionally considered home décor and instead, concentrate on picking out plants that you find beautiful, are suitable to your level of expertise with plant care and the space you want to bring them to. You'll likely end up with rooms that are calming and uncluttered, all of which invite a sense of zen to take over. It'll be a nice change to experience a simplified look at home if you're used to your surroundings having a ton of stuff all over!
News anchor Gretchen Fullido treats her love of plants as part of her overall personal wellness plan. She's known for taking care of her physical fitness, but on the other side of that is her mental well-being. And one way she takes care of that part of her health is by getting into plants (and dogs, at that!). Her indoor gardening activities are part and parcel of what she does to destress. She's a firm believer of humans needing plants in their habits (a.k.a. their homes) to aid in keeping them happy and healthy. She doesn't shy away from incorporating plants (even those as tall as her ceiling) in places at home she spends the most time in so that she reaps as many benefits from having plants as company.
What we can learn from Gretchen: We normalize having, or wanting, plants inside our homes. There are so many things have become "essentials" in our homes (think, awesome TV and entertainment sets, comfy couches, techy air conditioning, the works), and really, it's about time that plants join their ranks! They're so much more beneficial than any manmade object, after all, and with all the focus on boosting mental health these days, this is an easy way to hop on the mental health care train and stay on it.
Solenn Heussaff, ever since she became a mom, has focused more on life at home more than her onscreen work. She's an artist through and through, and one way she incorporates her love for plants is in her paintings; she's got a pot or two in her space at home reserved for her creative work and they help stimulate original ideas. Plus, a ton of her art also features plant life in many different forms; she's a big fan of painting her version of Mother Nature's greatest treasures, and on occasion, she makes rugs to match her nature-inspired paintings, too!
What we can learn from Solenn: Be inspired by the natural world. The more time you spend around the plants, the more you'll appreciate the magnificence in all the little things. You don't have to be an artist for this experience to count or make a difference, either. Being "inspired" by nature doesn't mean you need to create art about it, but rather, it helps instill a sense of gratefulness and awe towards things we might take for granted. It's an attitude that makes an impact no matter what it is we do, as we become more appreciative. Solenn has also embraced a change where she's slowed down on celebrity living and learned to find fulfillment in home life, family, and slow, deliberate processes. Having plants around is a great reminder of this.
One of the great things about gardening is it keeps you on your feet. Especially at this time, when it's just so tempting to be a couch potato since all there is to do is plop on your sofa with Netflix on, we definitely need the motivation to keep us up and about. See how Dawn Zulueta does it. She doesn't have a massive garden in her city home, but instead, she dedicatedly tends to a small patch where she grows edible greens and zeroes in on making sure her urban farming project is doing well. She started this in 2019, and she started simple: just one plant tower for some herbs and easy-to-maintain veggies. She learned that she loved gardening and wanted to expand her little green corner in her home, so now, she's here! Also, let's not forget that regularly spending time outdoors is exercise, a hobby, a way to get vitamin D, a chance to bond with the dogs, all in one.
What we can learn from Dawn: Start small, but start. We've talked about the many, many benefits of tending to plants no matter what kind and in what capacity, but the lesson to learn here is that you don't have to go all out to reap these benefits. You can even begin with just one plant, as long as you put in the work to making it thrive. It might seem like an insignificant activity in the beginning and a little strange to be putting in so much effort on just a single potted plant, but you might also find that building a routine around it and finding a productive activity to keep you focused for a few minutes of the day can do wonders for you. You'll never know unless you start, and everyone has to start from somewhere.
The amount of plants Jinkee Pacquiao has in her Makati and General Santos homes is just unfathomable. Her gardens and indoor plant setups can rival some of the most beautifully and professional designed gardens from all over the world. Her gardening style is simple and pretty much reflects her fashion sense: the more colors the more fun, the more species the more impressive, and the bigger the better. Her gardens and homes are the dream for the maximalist plant momma!
What we can learn from Jinkee: If plant heaven is something you want to achieve in your home, work with the right people—landscapers, experts on plants, growers, gardeners. It's one thing to have a green thumb and know how to keep plants alive, but it's a whole other game if you're aiming for a garden that could inspire a Disney movie or a painting. Beautiful gardens are an investment, and only dive into them if you're willing to spend for their upkeep. You want to welcome Disney movie heroes and heroines into your garden, and not Disney villains!
Angie King followed her dad's footsteps when it came to her passion for gardening. She kept his legacy alive by continuing the family business, the King Tower Farm, that's all about growing fresh produce in plant towers. Plant towers do everything a traditional garden does, but more efficiently thanks to the vertical, not horizontal, space towers consume. You can grow more with less, basically. One reason why Angie decided to get into the business of farming was also because she learned about how bees (yes, bees!) contribute to keeping our delicate agricultural ecosystems healthy, and that her farm could keep the bee populations at a healthy level. Gardening to her isn't just a personal thing, but her contribution to a healthier planet.
What we can learn from Angie: Because her advocacy is to teach Filipinos to become self-sufficient in terms of growing healthy food themselves by teaching them how to use plant towers, we see that we can't just keep taking and taking from the land, expecting that it will forever sustain our needs, limitlessly. Angie believes that people have to learn how to put a cap on what we demand the earth to produce for us; we have to find ways to take over some of these functions ourselves and relieve the planet of stress. Learning how to provide for ourselves and our most basic needs is definitely the biggest takeaway from Angie's work.
Opening images from @milesaubrey @chekakramer @inaraymundo95