Editor’s note October, 2019: The shop has closed.
There’s certainly no lack of nurseries and places to buy plants in Miami, but indoor plants, that’s another matter. Enter Roy Paar and Milana Naumenko, owners of the New York based Water & Light, who decided Miami needed a shop specializing in indoor plants, from leafy green and succulents, to cacti and hanging plants. The successful co-owners could have just continued to build their business from the one location, with clients like Bed, Bath and Beyond and One Kings Lane. But they liked the idea living in a garden type city and with Homestead nearby.
One of the owners, and often the two, are always there, so a great benefit is getting advice from experienced pros. Want plants that work outdoors too? They steer you in the right direction. And not only that, they hand make their soil with compost they purchase from the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. They’re already working on a plan with MBBG to collect the food waste from their neighboring Cindy Lou’s Cookies and The Plantisserie vegan deli to make their own organic compost onsite for use in their potting mix. Soon, they’ll be selling that as well.
Some of the more unusual plants and my favorites were a zebra like aloe called a Haworthia,
“camouflage” plants in many forms
A Madagascar palm
Coral cactus that is two plants grafted into one
The Xanthosoma Taro Variegata that looks like its leaf was twisted and then pasted together
They also has a small selection of ceramic pots. Prices of plants range from $4 to $250 with most between $12 and $30.
And one door up is Cindy Lou’s Cookies which has the best cookies in Miami. Plus, now they started making toasted coconut and carrot cakes. Super yummy!