MEET THE MAKER // BOTANICA BOUTIQUE February 14 2017, 0 Comments

The moment we discovered Botanica Boutique we knew we'd stumbled on to something special. Our whole team literally squealed the first time we unwrapped the cute-as-a-button mossarium from it's packaging.

I am partial to anything mini, just ask my husband when we find ourselves in the travel aisle at Priceline. But it was something about the whole experience of it all that first got our attention.

Every aspect of this innovative brand is on point. The bases are made from the finest materials, and the clever rainforest lid means that even the most devout plant killer (I'm looking at me) has a better chance at keeping this one alive for at least a month longer than usual.

But it was the detail and care that impressed us the most; from the accompanying mister and microfibre cloth right down to the round gift packaging, that reminded us of those expensive hat boxes in something like My Fair Lady. The combination of the matte black packaging with copper foiling had us drooling, while the prospect of creating our very own mini-moss environment had us running for the nearest nursery. Anyone that can mix the practical with the stylish gets a big tick in our books, but it was in the detail that we realised just how much love has gone into creating this unique brand.

Photo credit: Lesley Williams | Styling: Emily O'Brien


Who is Botanica Boutique and what inspired you to get started?

Botanica is myself, Lesley Williams, and partner Simon Zappia. We created Botanica to highlight both the tiny and delicate to the large and wondrous of the plant world through Industrial Design.

Photo credit: Lesley Williams | Styling: Emily O'Brien


What are the 3 most important brand values to you?

  1. Innovation
  2. Authentic Design
  3. Encouraging people to reconnect with nature, even on a subconscious level, to enhance everyday life
Photo credit: Lesley Williams


We love your innovative and unique Mossariums. Was there anything that inspired or sparked you to create these designs?

Thank you. I have always loved the mystique of miniature plant life and mosses under glass. I began collecting mosses when Simon and I both moved to the Adelaide foothills 7 years ago and through our passion for product design we wanted to create collections that highlighted the smaller beauties in nature that don’t always catch your attention straight away. We started with Sanctuary S and have since created other vessels that support different plant life through varying microclimates. When peering into a Sanctuary you are forced to look deeper, the beauty is magnified and it is a forever changing environment. Taking time out of my day to attend to them is so relaxing to me. 

Photo credit: Lesley Williams


What is the number one mistake you see in plant care? And any tips to avoid making it?

Overwatering. In a closed system like Sanctuary M Rainforest you don’t need to water as often as it will hold more moisture than an open system. That’s the beauty of it. 

If I can squeeze in another mistake I’ve seen… Please be careful not to mix plants that enjoy different environments together, for example placing your succulents with your ferns. 

Photo credit: Lesley Williams | Styling: Emily O'Brien


Any tips on creating a standout arrangement in your Santuary M Mossariums?

Keep it simple and consider plant hierarchy. Choose a hero piece (i.e. small fern, palm or orchid) and a smaller supporting plant or ground cover (selaginella / venus flytrap / moss/ small stones). Once again, less is absolutely more when it comes to Sanctuary!

Photo credit: Lesley Williams

Photo credit: Lesley Williams
Santuary M Temperate packaging | Photo credit: Lesley Williams


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What is Sanctuary S?

Sanctuary S is a small vessel that captures the beauty of the rainforest by highlighting the intriguing and delicate miniature world of moss. Sanctuary maintains a controlled environment so no matter what your climate, you can enjoy a bit of easy care nature indoors. A unique alternative to flowers as a gift or to add touches of greenery to a home or office.

Perfect for small spaces, desktops, bookshelves and wet areas, Sanctuary comes with a mister, micro fibre cloth and template to trim the moss to the perfect size.

Buy or collect mosses for your space from your local nursery and watch them grow. Available from Nathan + Jac in Carrara Marble or Nero Marquina Marble.

Photo credit: Lesley Williams


What is Sanctuary M?

Whilst maintaining the beauty and functionality of the original Sanctuary S form, we have evolved the design, pushed production boundaries, introduced new materials and the result is a stunning modular system which embodies three different micro climates: Rainforest, Temperate and Arid. Select from bases in oak, walnut, marble, concrete and cork and create an environment to suit both you and your plants.

We’ve solved the common issues with small terrariums and developed what we believe are beautifully resolved forms to suit any interior. If you’re super busy or maybe your house or apartment doesn’t have the space for plants – don’t worry. This one still fits on your desk and the best part is it’s so easy to care for.

Choose from these 3 micro climates: Rainforest, Temperate and Arid.

Photo credit: Lesley Williams

Rainforest

Rainforest is the original, closed terrarium design, allowing you to keep moss and moisture loving plants for extended periods of time, enjoying greenery all year round.

With a hand blown glass top and Botanica's patented teardrop lid profile. The teardrop form of the glass top directs condensation back onto the foliage. The moss insert presents the moss and has the original Sanctuary S reservoir to drain excess water. Sanctuary M Rainforest emulates nature’s water cycle system so all you need to do is watch and enjoy life doing its thing.

Creating your arrangement in the insert keeps your base and glass clean. It’s easy to drain and make changes without the need for terrarium tools and very easy to clean, just remove the glass top to polish.

Temperate

Temperate is Botanica's first open terrarium design for plants that enjoy a moist environment yet require airflow and room to grow. Open terrariums are for plants that require bright but indirect light and more room for soil.

Temperate is also composed of a hand blown glass top. The soil is subtly hidden in the design so the foliage can feature in all its glory. The plant insert provides more room for soil and better options for draining excess water to prevent potential rotting of your plants roots. Just pierce the insert for marble and concrete bases.

Creating your arrangement in the insert keeps your base and glass clean. It’s easy to drain and make changes without the need for terrarium tools and very easy to clean, just remove the glass top to polish. If you love to experiment with plants other than moss then you will love this refined, open terrarium design.

Arid

Arid is for succulents and cacti plants that require drainage and minimal water. To create an Arid environment for your plants, simply remove the hand blown glass top from your Rainforest or Temperate mossarium.

The plant insert provides more room for soil and better options for draining excess water to prevent potential rotting of your plants roots. Just pierce the insert for marble and concrete bases. Creating your arrangement in the insert also keeps your base clean.

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