Newcastle’s much-loved House Plant Revival is back and returning home to the Edwards Bar where it all began four years ago.
And, to mark the occasion this weekend, Desert Sunday Collective (Desert Sunday Collective) will celebrate its fourth birthday by filling the Eddies’ beer garden with its amazing selection of locally-grown and sourced indoor plants.
Up to 3000 plants, including succulents, cacti, ferns and indoor flora, are expected to delight “green thumbs” young and old on Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 April, between 9am and 3pm.
Best of all, the event at 148 Parry Street is free to everyone.
But, let’s go back to where the venture started.
Four years ago, the couple was doing the rounds of the local market scene and had an idea to pack a truck with their own plants and turn the Eddies’ beer garden into an indoor jungle.
From just a Facebook event and some posters in shops around Darby and Beaumont streets, word of mouth took off and the pair were blown away by the turn out.
“We could hardly believe our eyes when we saw the line out the door on the Saturday morning before we opened,” Desert Sunday Co founder Amanda Marsh said.
“My mum and dad were there to help us unpack and bump in but I needed to ask them to stay for the whole day to help us out.”
The first sale at the Eddies was a launchpad for Desert Sunday Co, which has now hosted five more House Plant Revivals, serviced the Hunter through the COVID-19 lockdowns with contactless plant deliveries and launched their concept store called The Green Altar.
“Collaboration has always been important to us at Desert Sunday Co and it is at the core of who we are,” Amanda said.
“The Edwards have a similar passion and this was a great recipe for some magic this time four years ago.
“So, we are thrilled to partner with them again in 2021 – and for the first time since the fire.”
House Plant Revival has become well-known for the affordability and quality of the plants on offer, grown in the family farm in the Hunter Valley.
“We have been growing a lot of sought after and hard to find plants especially for this event over the past six months,” Amanda said.
“Growing conditions have actually been really good this season and the stock is looking amazing.”
House Plant Revival will cater for a wide range of interests including those new to the plant scene and those interested in advice.
An updated feature to this event will be plant recommendations based on categories under the theme, “a plant for every room”, celebrating the health and wellbeing benefits of greenery in indoor spaces.
The team will also donate a portion of Sunday sales to Soldier On Australia to commemorate the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand military personnel who have died during war and to enable local veterans and their families to thrive.