Meet the Modern Planter

Plants have been a part of my life since I can remember. Both of my grandmothers had gardens, flowers and plants everywhere. I’ll never forget when I was around 4 years old, finding out that you can break an aloe plant leaf off and the oozy insides helped with burns. Let’s just say, my grandmother was not as thrilled as I was with my discovery. Another favorite memory was when I was around 10 and wanted to help plant and (regularly) check on the garden at my grandmother’s house. I will never forget the fateful day when I happily stuck my hand in the soil to get a potato and found that it was rotten. Even then, there was something about the dirt, the process, and the disappointment that kept me wanting more

Fast forwarding to my adulthood, once I lived in apartments with balconies, I turned to container plants and container gardening. One of my favorite spaces was in California at my tiny one bedroom, where my succulents grew to massive sizes (why did I not photograph them?!). I thought my plant dreams were over when I moved to North Carolina. I had to leave everything behind and start over but starting over is exactly what I did.  

So, here we are, 4 years after the move and I am living in plantopia (or that’s how I think of it). I started getting a few plants here and there, and then really amped it up when I started working from home in late 2015. Since then, I have learned so much about different species, plant care, and where to find the best plants from my mother in law and reading…a lot. 

During the day, I work in corporate IT as a Project Manager. On my weekends and evenings, I like to get lost in the process of watering, trimming, repotting, and propagating. It has been a soothing way to keep myself balanced, not take myself too seriously, and explore what all is out there in the plant community. After graduate school, I decided to dive a bit deeper and here I am with you.

The Modern Planter was born out of true love and passion for the houseplant world. It is something that I deeply care about and love talking about. It is my goal to not only share with you great plants, but also help educate you one how to care for them and help them thrive. Some people say that they aren’t plant people, but I think that everyone can be a plant person if they want to be, you just have to find what is right for you. Trust me, I have killed (and will kill) many plants over the years. It is about looking at the space and time you have, then seeing what you like.

I would love to talk to you about plants, your space, and what your hopes are. Please always feel free to drop me a note in the ‘Contact’ page. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Planting!

Courtney