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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