Images courtesy of Exotic Botanic
Laura Smallwood and partner Steven Spiller are undeniably plant people.
Operating Exotic Botanic, a plant nursery with a range of exotic, hard to find plants and potentially the largest collection of pots in SA, the duo have worked out of their house for the past 18 months.
Now, however, the time has come for them to expand to a physical shop.
Halted plans due to COVID-19 has meant that their original opening date of February, and in fact their original location in Gilles Plains, ceased to come about.
Laura tells us that it’s proof that everything happens for a reason, as the duo found a larger, and far more versatile location on North East Road.
The keys will soon to be in their hands and the shop, when full, will house a stunning array of plants from typical to extremely rare species.
The remainder of the shop will include, what could be potentially the largest pot collection in South Australia (300+), as well as Laura and Steven’s homewares products; custom made totem poles, soil blends, and handmade soy candles.
“We’ll have basically every accessory you can think of,” Laura says.
Laura says that the duo are overwhelmed by the support they’ve received from customers.
In return, “we want this shop to be an experience, and for everyone to leave with a smile on their face,” she says.
And she’s confident they can give something back.
“COVID-19 gave me a lot of time to research wholesalers, and different set ups,” Laura, who found herself at home in between lectures and an abundant amount of free time, says.
“Steven eventually wants to have classes, on how to propagate your plants, how to keep them alive, care tips, when to water, how to water, et cetera.”
She says that those who take the class will leave with a heap of knowledge, and a potted plant to take home.
Also in the works is a much needed “plant bible of SA,” which will have every care tip you can think of, but specified for South Australia, as many house plants come with instructions based off the climate in Queensland.
“We want to revolutionise plant boutiques in SA, there’s nothing like us, here in Modbury,” she says.
When you visit make sure to pick up a Keep Card, their version of loyalty cards, which will give you discounts as you continue to purchase.
With an opening date slated for mid to late June, Exotic Botanic will celebrating with a massive 20% off everything on the first trading weekend.
You will find Exotic Botanic, open seven days a week, at 4 865-869 North East Road, Modbury.