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It is so important to my wellbeing to nurture my passions by finding and creating spaces that make me happy. The “safer at home” guidelines of COVID-19 kept me from visiting stores for non-essential items, eating at restaurants, and attending events. I have come to a few conclusions during this increased time spent at home:
- I am a homebody and an introvert. I need very little time away from home or around other people to feel fulfilled.
- I am thankful that my plant babies don’t have to navigate hybrid learning like human children do.
- The thing I missed the most was visiting my happy place: Terrain.
Terrain in Glen Mills, PA, is my happy place. The live plants, shopping, farm-to-table food, and seasonal events inspire me. Before COVID, I would visit Terrain every two to three months. During COVID, I went an entire year without eating at a restaurant or shopping for non-necessities. I didn’t miss much, to be honest, but I did miss Terrain.
Plants make me happy. That is what initially drew me to Terrain. I enjoy seeing and smelling the different varieties as I wander through the greenhouses. I also enjoy caring for plants, and I’ve rarely returned home from Terrain without a new plant baby. I have a habit of purchasing misfit plants from the “last chance” section of the greenhouse.
I could spend an endless amount of time perusing Terrain’s collection of garden-inspired home décor, cookware and serveware, specialty ingredients, and gifts. Products are sourced from local small businesses, as well as imported from other countries. I’ve only ever been limited by my budget, so this is my dream location for a shopping spree.
Styer’s Garden Café is located on-site. It features a menu of seasonally inspired, locally sourced fare with inventive vegetarian options. I have yet to try the chocolate terrarium dessert that makes me nostalgic for the dirt pudding cups of my childhood.
Although I enjoy my solo shopping and dining experiences, workshop classes and seasonal festivals are a nice way to connect with other plant-lovers. Past workshops have included… wreaths, terrariums, succulent planters, and urban gardens. Seasonal events like Dig into Spring and Harvest Festival feature a local artisan market, chili cookoff, beer and wine garden, s’mores fire pits, kids’ crafts, and much more.
I highly recommend visiting Terrain if you’re a plant lover and live or are traveling near Philadelphia (PA), Bethesda (MD), Westport (CT), or California (Oakland, San Jose, or Los Angeles).
Another way you can embrace your many passions is with a D20 Theory Roll the Dice subscription box. The theme of last quarter’s box was “Garden Party,” which was very much inspired by Terrain. Check out the box gallery and style notes here.