Eco-store gives gardeners a green option
Angelique Lambermon has always had green fingers.
The landscape architect got into gardening with her grandparents as a young girl in Christchurch.
She went on to study horticulture and has worked in the landscape world for 15 years.
She is offering a new plant recycling service in Merton Rd, St Johns, called Plant Zero.
Miss Lambermon says a lot of waste can be avoided by recycling plants for resale.
The store receives plants from landscaping tradespeople and residents who are revamping their gardens.
‘‘I just don’t like to see anything die. If the plants still have good root systems they can be saved.’’
She says her experience in landscape design helped her to see the hole in the market.
‘‘That’s how it all sparked off. There’s no comparison for actually being out there and knowing what’s needed. You just can’t learn that in a textbook.’’
Chain garden stores are partly to blame for the perception that plants need to be perfect, she says. She hopes to change this image by recycling fun and quirky plants.
‘‘Plants are just like us, they get imperfections as well,’’ Miss Lambermon says. ‘‘That’s what I love about them.’’ The store opened on April 20 and so far business is booming, she says.
Miss Lambermon says her approach is all about sustainability.
She uses organic fertilisers on the plants. Soon, she will also have chickens for sale for gardeners who want living weed-eaters and fresh fertiliser.
‘‘I’m really focusing on that side of the coin, I suppose. If we just start one step at a time, and everybody does their little bit, it will make a difference.’’
She is also setting up a trust to distribute plants to projects and people who cannot afford them.
Aucklanders can bring in unwanted plants and pots instead of paying to dispose of them.
Zero waste: Landscape architect Angelique Lambermon is combining her passion for plants and recycling in a new eco-store.