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Richmond’s pop-up plants store said goodbye

If you walk into the Urban Roots Garden Centre, you will be greeted with smiles from the staff.

A Richmond pop-up plants store will shutter its doors on July 10.

However for the staff working the store, sweet memories from serving the community will last forever. 

When you walk into the Urban Roots Garden Centre, located next to the Lansdowne shopping centre, the variety of flowers and bilingual (English and Mandarin) signs inside the store won’t be the only things that catch your attention. It’s also the smiles on the staff. 

In addition to seasonal flowers, the store also offered some plants with special features. For example, some tea-friendly plants with leaves that be used to make tea.

Issac De Weerdt, assistant store manager of Urban Roots Garden Centre, told the Richmond News that the store only opened to the public in early spring this year. Although it wasn’t even close to three months, they have plenty of sweet memories from working here. 

“I think having a plants store here is very enlightening for everyone. We have multiple different colours and a variety of flowers and plants usually boost people’s moods. So seeing everyone coming in with a smile is always very nice and being able to educate people on planting is very nice,” said De Weerdt. 

De Weerdt said he and his other five team members are like plants ambassadors rooted in Richmond’s community, since many people visiting their store have never planted before. 

“It’s nice to share our planting information with everyone and make sure everyone walk out with a smile,” said De Weerdt. 

Indoor plants such as monsteras, which are vining plants that love to trail over the pot or climb along a stake or trellis, and lavender are most popular among Richmondites, noted De Weerdt, adding that both of them have been sold out. 

Although July 10 is going to be the last day for De Weerdt to work in Richmond, he said the store will return to Richmond next year with more plants, especially lavender. 


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