Brighton Nursery offers succulents and other plants for gardeners

Brighton Nursery offers succulents and other plants for gardeners

Brighton TWP. – Succulents attract people from all over the gardening spectrum, said Sarah Goodwin, owner of a new houseplant nursery near Brighton.

Most desert plants come in all shapes and colors, and grow and flower in unique and often surprising ways.

Those with a green thumb and gardening experience collect them for their unique qualities. Then there is the other type of gardener.

“I have two types of clients,” Goodwin said. “I find those who completely neglect the plants, which is actually good for succulents.”

Succulents are also a good fit for people prone to killing houseplants, says Goodwin, who opened The Succulent Shoppe on Grand River Avenue.

The trick, she said, is not to water it too often and wait until the leaves start to curl and dry out before watering again.

She pointed out that “it does not need a lot of water, but it does need a lot of sunlight.”

The new store features a DIY vegan bar

Goodwin, who started her online houseplant business a few years ago, is celebrating the reopening of her nursery at 10607 E. Grand River Ave.

The store is full of different types of houseplants. Some have large green leaves and need water. Some are vines. Some stand tall. Others track and droop.

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Goodwin said she named the store to reflect his extensive collection of succulents.

They also sell air plants, philodendron, pothos, callisia, hoya, orchids and other houseplant varieties.

Some can live outside in the summer in Michigan. Others should stay indoors year-round on the windowsill or other places around the house.

Goodwin said she loves how houseplants tie into interior design.

“Some will grow a moss column or they will cascade down the shelf,” she said.

She said she takes orders for centerpieces for tables, including weddings, baby showers and other events.

The DIY plant bar is a special feature of the store. People can fill a pot or tub with a special soil mix, add decorative rocks and sand, and choose from a variety of 2-inch succulent “plugs” or other plants from around the store.

“You can do this with any of the plants in the store,” Goodwin said. “People usually do it with juicers.”

She said she believes the DIY bar will be a big hit with customers, including families with children who are looking for unique activities

Young businessman

Goodwin is 22 years old and is working toward an undergraduate degree in genetics at Michigan State University.

A few years ago, I got a summer job in a greenhouse and started collecting plants at home.

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I started selling plants online in 2019.

“I saw people selling succulents (online) so I started doing it from home with my website. Then I had a little 10-by-10 office in Lansing.”

In July 2021, she moved her business to a space attached to where the nursery is now.

The space was formerly Heritage Home Accents & Décor, which has relocated to North Territorial Road near Chelsea.

Goodwin took over the rest of the space, completing several interior design projects herself, including painting the walls black and pink, and installing plant-friendly lighting and other fixtures.

She mostly uses the other room to process shipments of online orders.

She sells some items from other Michigan vendors in the store, including stamped concrete planters made in Bay City by O’Malley Customs and macrame pot pendants from Knot Ur Mother’s Macramé out of the Kalamazoo area.

She offers advice on how to care for each plant in her store.

“People can also bring in their struggling plants or send me a photo and I will try to help.”

Contact Livingston Daily reporter Jennifer Eberbach at jtimar@livingstondaily.com

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