Fleur : Exotique Plantes is a pop-up plant shop based in Nashville, TN. My hope is to introduce plants to Nashville that I've grown to love while living in other cities, but haven't been able to find in my time here; and to disappear the myth of "black thumb" by making basic plant-growing knowledge accessible through workshops. Every grocery store has the normal white, phalaenopsis orchids, but there are over 25,000 species of orchids and I'm bringing some new ones to Nashville along with carnivorous plants and other hard to find gems. Nashville's diversity is growing more and more by the day as people move here from all over the world, and I hope to inject the same kind of diversity into Nashville's plant world.
It all started with a dream, a literal dream, on New Years Eve 2016. I don't normally remember my dreams, but I remembered this dream very vividly. I dreamt I had my own beautiful little French-country plant shop; fancy but with a sense of humor. And since I've always loved plants so much, when I woke I wondered how I hadn't thought of it before.
Some of my earliest memories are of my grandparents' farmhouse and tending to the flowers with my grandmother. Plants and nature have always made me feel at peace, and that feeling only blossomed more as I grew. As a pre-teen I was the one who bought and took care of houseplants and planted flowers in my parents' yard. It was around this time that I bought a Pothos plant to use as my eighth grade science project, and over 25 years later I still have that plant! The Pothos is the vine that hangs in the upper right hand corner of the photo. For me, plants have always been the icing on the cake that made any living space from dorm rooms to apartments into a home, and I hope the plants I sell will do the same for you.
I already had strong ties to Music City when the 1,000 year flood happened in 2010. The community I was already a part of is how I learned of the flood and the damage it had caused before the media even picked up the story, and I traveled to town to help my friends with some relief work. While here I witnessed such an incredible outpouring of love and kindness amongst Nashvillians that I felt called to move here immediately. It's because of the people in this city and their kind hearts that I've stayed here ever since.
There's nothing quite like getting your hands dirty in nature's soil and growing and nurturing your own plants. My hope with Fleur is to pass on my decades of knowledge and experience to the community through pop-ups, workshops, and eventually the cozy little shop from my dream.