How Garden Collage welcomed guests to the Botany Salon. Photograph by Andreana Bitsis
How Garden Collage welcomed guests to the Botany Salon. Photograph by Andreana Bitsis

Brooklyn's in bloom!

Phaidon teamed up with Garden Collage in a horticultural paradise to celebrate our new book Plant

New York City might seem like an unusual place to find horticultural inspiration, but the concrete jungle in fact nurtures many ambitious gardeners, some of whom met at the Secret Alley Carriage House in Brooklyn a few days ago for a Botany Salon hosted by Garden Collage and Phaidon  

At this celebration of the publication of Plant: Exploring the Botanical World, Daisy Helman, founder and CEO of Garden Collage explained, "We want to encourage people to foster green spaces and gardens in their own communities."

Helman didn’t simply rely on traditional horticulturalists however, but instead drew together a varied panel of experts to discuss the pleasures and the uses of plants. These included: Sacha Walckhoff, Designer and Creative Director at Christian Lacroix; Patricia Jonas, a contributor to our new book Plant; Annie Novak, manager of the Edible Academy educational progam at New York Botanical Garden; and Chelsea Leyland, a DJ and trendsetter.

 

Annie Novak, Manager of Edible Academy NYBG Celebrates at the Botany Salon in Brooklyn. Photograph by Eugene Gologursky
Annie Novak, Manager of Edible Academy NYBG Celebrates at the Botany Salon in Brooklyn. Photograph by Eugene Gologursky

The vine-covered venue and accompanying yard was transformed into an eclectic botanical wonderland, decked out with plant-based décor including hanging moss balls, terrariums, and  “bouquet bar” but, thankfully, no frogs.

 

Garden Collage's CEO Daisy Helman and Chelsea Leyland celebrate at the Botany Salon. Photograph by Eugene Gologursky
Garden Collage's CEO Daisy Helman and Chelsea Leyland celebrate at the Botany Salon. Photograph by Eugene Gologursky

The décor also incorporated select products from Garden Collage’s newly launched shop, which fosters the publication’s mission of encouraging a garden-inspired lifestyle. The evening’s buffet was inspired by modern botanics, while drinks were crafted and prepared by Sam Anderson, ensuring all this green-thumbed socialising went smoothly.

 

A copy of Plant at the Botany Salon. Photo by Erica Choi Digital Art Director Barneys NY
A copy of Plant at the Botany Salon. Photo by Erica Choi Digital Art Director Barneys NY

For more botanical inspiration order our book Plant, which features 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever produced.