Summer visits to the nursery in my hometown hold a golden place in my mind. Wandering down the rows of plants, the shocking delight of the overhead watering system offering up it's cooling mist, and my mother recounting the names as I asked about what seemed like every plant filling up those green houses.
From that small town in Wyoming, to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, and now the rambling deserts of Southern California, each place I've lived has brought many new plants my way, but the joy of exploring a greenhouse, botanical garden, or even the plant section in the hardware store hasn't worn off.
It's from that place of wonder and joy that Folia Collective has sprung up. I hope that through our shop, workshops, and plant-focused interior design services, you will find the life that plants can give to you and your home.
Danae was an LA-based photographer and prop stylist when her obsession with plants, and desire to see people feel empowered to care for them, drove her to start Folia Collective. Most mornings you'll find her out zipping around wholesale plant nurseries searching for the best plants for the shop. In her not-so-distant-past, she served as the Editorial Director for the plantastic design blog The Jungalow, where you'll occasionally find her writing the plant care column, Plant-o-Pedia.
Favorite plant: Hoya obovata
Favorite plant spot: Balboa Park Botanical Building
Bill spends most of his time hard at work on his PhD in New Testament Studies, but Danae occasionally ropes him into prepping plants in the shop, assisting at pop-ups, lugging trees up stairs. In his free time, you’ll find him caring for his plant passion- the growing stag horn fern collection he’s building.
Favorite Plant: Platyceriums
Favorite Plant Spot: Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory
Mindy is passionate about making this world a brighter place. When she’s not at the shop or hanging at home with her husband and son, you might find her out exploring nature, thrifting, or working on creative projects. She enjoys learning about plants and having deep, meaningful conversations while connecting with the customers at Folia Collective.
Favorite plant: Euphorbia Trigona
Favorite plant spot: The Huntington Botanical Gardens
Maya comes from a background in content marketing and loves working with authentic brands like Folia. You'll find her building email campaigns, planning our next pop-up, or petting all the dogs who visit the shop.
Favorite plant: Epiphyllum anguliger
Favorite plant spot: Cloud Forest at The Huntington
Lindsay's love of plants sprouted a few years ago in an attempt to create a home jungle. She is so happy to be building her plant knowledge as part of the Folia team. When not tending to plants, you can find her selling yarn or petting her neighborhood cats.
Favorite plant: Aeschynanthus longicaulis
Favorite plant spot: Hortus Botanicus
Stella is an illustrator and designer who is passionate about plants. Her jungle obsession started after moving from Maine to California when she wanted to bring some of the forest into her home. When she’s not tending to her plants you’ll find her creating illustrations, reading sci fi novels, or hanging out with her two cats.
Favorite plant: Monstera deliciosa
Favorite plant spot: Conservatory of Flowers