PlantTherapy: Stepping into Flora

PlantTherapy: Stepping into Flora

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 20, 2005

This week I visited Flora, a shop that is known for its innovative floral design. It has a constant rotation of interesting objects, flowers and plants with a detail and variety that would make John Derian's decoupage displays jealous. I take Thompson Street when I want a quieter way to go south to Canal. When I do, their tiny storefront always catches me by surprise. The center of the store has frosted Lucite cubes which cast light up onto the vases and plants presented on them.

I stopped in this past weekend as the sun was going down and was treated to chamomile. This is the season when I drink chamomile tea non-stop to fight off the season's cold. The vendors at the GreenMarket say they carry chamomile plants and fresh blossoms in spring, which explains why the chamomile Flora has available is dried.

72 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-1887

In the dried state the yellow color is rich, and the stems are considerably long, making them able to stand in long vases. I love its velvet texture and round shape, and would love to find a pillow version for my couch. Flora has them strung all about their shop; the space becomes a tiny chamomile planetarium. - Matt N.

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