There were three occasions that really marked my elementary school experience: the book fair, soft pretzel day and Earth Day. Every April, we budding environmentalists would leave school with our very own pine tree seedling — a single stem in a little plastic pocket. I can still practically feel the squish of whatever nutrient gel was used to pack the plant.
I would burst off the bus, ready to create my pine tree grove, and then, inevitably, my seedling would die. Why they didn’t give us something more manageable, like an herb or a tomato plant is beyond me, but nonetheless, I am grateful to E. Merton Crouthamel Elementary School for instilling in me an appreciation for Mother Earth.
As an adult, Earth Day came to take on extra significance, since it’s my pup Julep’s birthday, and Julep is a nature lover! She is a diligent farmhand at our urban farm, so in honor of nostalgia and Julep, I bring you a roundup of inspiring planters. Whether you have an acreage, an acre, or a balcony, whatever you plant will contribute to the greater green. Mother Nature needs us now more than ever.
Image above: Designed by Capetown-based Laurie Wiid van Heerden for Indigenus, the Soma planter pairs lightweight reinforced concrete with wood to create a showstopping element to your patio or interior. If used outdoors, the materials will age and evolve over time. He also created a smaller, tabletop series in case you’re not ready to commit to the drama of the full size.