Plant Nite sprouts up in Sacramento
Slip on your party clothes and a pair of gardening gloves. Plant Nite, an organization that launched in Sacramento in March, is gaining popularity for its evenings that combine a night on the town with a crafty lesson in terrarium arranging.
The event is a nationwide spin-off of another event called Paint Nite, during which attendees sip cocktails and wine while coloring canvases with incarnations of iconic paintings like The Starry Night. Founded by Paint Nite’s creators Dan Hermann and Sean McGrail, Plant Nite launched in Boston in 2014 and the concept has since taken off in over 40 cities around the U.S.
In the Sacramento region, Plant Nite takes place at restaurants, bars and cafés like Alley Katz in midtown and The Monk's Cellar in Roseville. The organization supplies succulents, air plants, and glass, wooden or industrial planter boxes, and participants spend two hours working out their green thumbs to create a terrarium with assistance from the event’s host. Supplies, which may also include miniature gnomes, garden signs and colored sand, are included in the ticket price, and guests are encouraged to buy food and drink on-site.
“I really enjoy when people get excited about what they’ve created,” says Carrie Posey, one of two Plant Nite licensees in the Sacramento area, who began coordinating events in the region in March. “[Attendees] are surprised about what they have the potential to make and they all leave with unique terrariums. They walk out with them as if they’re holding babies.”