Keiki-Club on The Planthunter!

Exciting things!  First off, Keiki-Club is now being represented on the West Coast.  We had our inaugural San Francisco meet up on May 1st and it was a hit!  Were having our Summer meet up on August 28th in both Brooklyn and San Francisco!  Check back for more details!

Im also so psyched that Keiki-Club was featured on The Planthunter!  Ive been a fan of The Planthunter for ages and its so cool to be featured on such an amazing site.  

Check out the article here

The Garden Edit + Le Fleuriste International

I'm so happy to announce that the second ever Keiki-Club meeting is featured on The Garden Edit.  Check out the post HERE . I have been a fan of The Garden Edit for some time now and its a dream come true to be featured on the website!  

Elena Seegers of Le Fleuriste International covered Keiki-Club for The Garden Edit and is also featuring me on her site.  We will be doing three entries talking about some of my favorite plants and the ideas behind Keiki-Club.  Check out the first post HERE !



Keiki II

After months of procrastinating (I blame the winter), I finally organized the second Keiki-Club meeting.  It was an awesome group of florists, plant lovers, and even a few newbies who wanted to learn a thing or two about growing things!

Photo by Michelle Helene of  Stelo .

Photo by Michelle Helene of Stelo.

It's still evolving, but my plan as of now is to have a meet up every few months.  Everyone attending should bring at least one clipping to trade, some stories / information and a snack (or WINE) to share with the group.  After every meeting I will make a zine with the information we learned from the meeting and some.  I really like the idea of free-flowing information.  You can look up almost anything on Google, but wouldn't you rather use an old family recipe than one you grabbed off

Photo by Michelle Helene of   Stelo  .

Photo by Michelle Helene of Stelo.

So, we learned about propagating Mums, why grass smells when you cut it, what Ethnobotany is and so much more.  It was such a pleasure to be around so many fantastic people who all love plants as much as I do.  If you are interested in attending the next Keiki-Club meeting, please sign up below.  Meetings will be held in Brooklyn (for now)... probably on my roof.

Thanks Michelle for the photos!  Of course I didnt take any since I was running around like a decapitated chicken.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next  Z I N E ! ! !

A long time coming.

I originally had the idea to start Keiki about four years ago.  I had a neighbor who lived down the hall from me in the West Village who was an avid gardener and plant collector.  I would bring her retired plants from my old job and she would get dying Orchids to re-bloom and grow healthy specimens from the clippings of graveyard begonias.  She told me about when she visited Jamaica and smuggled an Orchid back home, wrapped up carefully and hidden in her suitcase.  She would always try to brings clippings home with her from her travels, letting a little piece of that experience live on.  She lent me books on container gardens and helped me turn my 400 square foot walkup into a jungle in the city.  

When she passed away she left me her books and some of her plants, and I continued to pass clippings on to friends and fellow enthusiasts.  

Me on the roof of 138 west 10th street, June 2013.  Denise and Jimmy turned this rooftop garden into an oasis in the city. Photo by Marco Annunziata from  Freunde von Freunden

Me on the roof of 138 west 10th street, June 2013.  Denise and Jimmy turned this rooftop garden into an oasis in the city. Photo by Marco Annunziata from Freunde von Freunden

In horticulture, a keiki (/’keiki:/ kay-kee) is a plant produced asexually by an orchid plant, especially Dendrobium, Epidendrum (sensu lato), and Phalaenopsis orchids. The baby plant is an exact clone of the mother plant, sometimes flowering while still attached to the mother. 

The word keiki is Hawaiian for "baby" or "child", literally "the little one".

A good friend of mine recently visited from California.  She complimented the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides) growing in my windowsill, saying she had never seen one before.  When I gave her a clipping to bring home with her, she told me about her grandmother who lived in Hawaii and how when you give the gift of a baby plant it’s called a Keiki.  

I’ve always loved the idea of trading clippings, growing a plant from another plant, extending a legacy. Working as a florist, I am surrounded by fellow plant addicts - people that have a vast and different knowledge of flora.  I am infatuated with people’s stories behind their plant collections.    Thus began Keiki.

The goal of Keiki is to expand both plant knowledge and plant collections.