By: Erin Garnett and Johnson Dieujuste
Jacksonville’s “Plant Night” offers an evening of fun and creativity for guests who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.
Plant Night takes place in various Jacksonville hot spots several nights a week. The event is hosted by plant enthusiast Danelle Platt. Platt tries to create an atmosphere that is filled with fun and laughter. It aims to take the stress out of planting.
“Plant Night is a fun night out. We do give you plants and we make it pretty for you and you get to take it home, but we want everybody to enjoy themselves and the time that they have.” Platt said.
Before the night starts, participants must recite an oath: The “Plant Night oath.” This oath is a promise to behave and try to have as much fun as possible.
Guests pick up many things after a night of planting with Platt, such as skills that could come in handy sometime in the future.
“I learned about how often you should water them [plants] and the signs to look for when they’re over-watered or under-watered.” Said Carrie Poulter, a Plant Night guest.
Plant Night is not physically or mentally demanding. Individuals need only show up ready to create. Platt walks everyone through the steps slowly so participants don’t feel as though they are being left behind. Even someone with a “black thumb” will be given the steps necessary to take care of their plant when they get home.
“The best thing is to see what people create because we provide the tools, the materials, the plants and you can have 25 people with 25 different terrariums when it’s over.” Platt said.
Plant Night is a new type of social experience. It give guests a chance to get hands on and get in touch with their artsy side.
“I thought it was very fun and something very different to do.” Poulter said.