11 Mar, 2016
The Good Life Experience Megaphone is a platform for you, or someone you know perhaps, to talk about whatever it is that inspires you, excites you, annoys you, or simply piques your interest. Each person who takes to the Megaphone will be rewarded with a Good Life Experience Megaphone patch, which are in the works as we speak. This week we welcome friend of the festival Nicole Clark to the Megaphone. Here's what she's got to say.
GREENER HOUSE DREAMS
It all stemmed (excuse the pun) from a visit to the Eden Project six years ago (or a childhood spent drifting around gardens with my dad who was a gardener, if you look far back enough down the timeline of my love affair with botany). I found myself seduced by the ability to grow different plants indoors: foreign, exotic, wonderful things, strangers to our often fairly miserable climate. Ever since I've been captivated by great big tropical leafy creatures and being surrounded by greenery, reminders of a past spent travelling wild places and a youth making "dens" in grass cuttings or under what seemed to be a gigantically proportioned rhododendron canopy - companions to happy times outdoors. Lately my obsession has sparked the embracing of making my glass house dreams (#ihavethisthingwithglasshouses on Instagram - please do join in!) come true - albeit minus the glass house (for now...) and I've begun to bring the outdoors in.
With a need to think about anything before committing to it and a tendency to research almost everything that I'm parting with money for or bringing into my home (I'm a considered consumer - is that a thing? let's make it one...) I had a hunch that I could combine my love of greenery with the Mr's environmental persuasion to do something good for our environment and started looking into plants specifically good for air quality. It turns out not only are they great at the photosynthesis thing, some are also amazing at cleansing the air of all sorts of nasties... Go plants! Equipped with a list of names provided by the research from NASA on "Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement" - I hit the shops and have started a growing (yep - another pun) collection of green goodness for our home.
It's early days. I can't tell you whether they are really and truly noticeably cleaning the bad stuff out of the air (of which there is probably a not so delightful cocktail of in our old house) but I do know that just looking at them makes my heart swell, my eyes widen and my pulse quicken a little. Surrounding myself with leafy companions, even sitting at my computer working, I feel like I'm in a happy place - outdoors.
Keep up to date with our outdoors-in adventures, botanical reviews and greener house dreams at the Alfies's Studio blog with the new "Outdoors-In" series...
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