Tanner The Planter
Tanner, along with his wife Erika, is the owner of the north Texas-based plant shop, called Famous in Oregon. Tanner grew up in Pilot Rock, Oregon always surrounded by beautiful greenery and the mountains. He began his plant collecting journey because of missing his lush hometown. Tanner has seen firsthand the immense benefits of having plants to take care of, but he’s also quick to point out that to get the real benefits of growing, you can’t just read about plants. It’s about personal interaction with plants and getting your hands dirty.
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Angie 0:10 Hey Plant Fam! Welcome to Wine Down The Week with Angie, I'm your host Angie and owner of Steel City Plant Company here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This podcast is brought to you by Soltech Solutions. Today we chat with Tanner Mitchell. Tanner, along with his wife Erica are the owners of the North-Texas based plant shop called Famous In Oregon. Tanner grew up in Pilot Rock, Oregon, always surrounded by beautiful greenery and the mountains. He began his plant collecting journey because of missing his lush hometown. Tanner has seen firsthand the immense benefits of having plants to take care of. But, he's also quick to point out that you get the real benefits of growing you can't just read about plants. It's about personal interactions with plants and getting your hands dirty. Welcome, Tanner!
Tanner 0:50 Thank you. I appreciate you having me on today!
Angie 0:53 Thanks so much for being here! We're so excited to chat with you.
Tanner 0:56 Yeah, me too. It's great opportunity! I never miss out on an opportunity to speak about plants.
Angie 1:02 I love the opportunity to talk to another plant shop owner! That's what I get super pumped about... because we can commiserate a little bit haha!
Tanner 1:11 Commiserate!
Angie 1:15 Alright, so we're gonna kick it off with an icebreaker called 'Petal and Bud'! 'Petal' is something that happened recently that you are excited about. 'Bud' is something that's coming up soon that you're excited about. So I'll kick it off! 'Petal' - So something that just happened recently... I would say, hmm, ooh! The tree lighting ceremony in Bethlehem. So we are Christmas City, USA. It's a very big deal. We take it very seriously. I work for the Chamber of Commerce, and we plan the tree-lighting ceremony. We had 5000 People jam-packed into the City Hall Plaza. And I'm responsible for planning that event! So it was just really cool to see all the hard work pay off, and how many people came out and had a really, really beautiful time. It's like a Hallmark movie. So excited about that! Yeah! And it was actually.... this leads me to 'Bud' what I'm excited about! That was actually my last event in that job....So I'm starting a new job going to work for the new mayor of Bethlehem. He's taking office January, so we'll take office together January 3.
Tanner 2:25 Wow. Congratulations on the new job! That's really exciting. How cool.
Angie 2:29 Thank you! really excited. It was a great way to close out my career with the chamber with an awesome tree lighting ceremony.
Tanner 2:36 I was gonna say it must be real....I mean, if you're going to end your career in a spot.... I mean....
Angie 2:42 that's how you do it, right?
Tanner 2:44 Great magical time of the year, culminating in this big event that you plan - that's really nice.
Angie 2:50 Yeah! how about you what's going on?
Tanner 2:52 So I guess my...my 'Petal' is also going to be about the Christmas season. So every year at our shop - with a shop like Famous In Oregon - you can't really not bring in Christmas trees. So we bring trees from Oregon, which is kind of funny because that's actually one of the reasons why it's called Famous In Oregon is that plants are famous in Oregon... and Christmas trees are Oregon's number one export! So we export some down here to Texas. And of course, everybody locally that's from the Northwest absolutely loves it. So we have kicked off our Christmas season as well with our really cute Christmas tree lock. So that's probably the thing that I'm most excited about right now. Just we've got all the decorations going, we've got our photo op going, and of course the smell! You can't really beat a live Christmas tree - So that's fantastic.
Angie 3:45 That's awesome.... I will get into it! I have so many questions about what Christmas looks like in Texas, but we're going to play a drinking game! So what are you drinking today? I know you're leaving me hanging...
Tanner 3:58 I'm doing my 'bloom' (bud) part..
Angie 4:00 Oh, yeah. Yeah!
Tanner 4:02 So that's something I'm looking forward to? Yeah. Okay. So I'm really looking forward to... Well! Whenever you're a business owner, and coincidentally, in this case, a plant shop owner as well. I think we always look forward to springtime. And I'm REALLY, really looking forward to springtime, not just because of like the warmer weather and all the plants are coming out of dormancy, but there's just a lot of really great things coming up a lot of things that are happening. A fresh new year- you know, every year you get a little bit better, hopefully...when you're a business owner and when you're a plant parent - and so I'm just really excited for that new life. I'm excited for the holidays as well, you know! But as a business owner again... you're a couple months ahead of the time. At least weeks, you know?. So now that we have gotten and experienced our excitement of the fall and the winter months - now I'm looking forward to spring for sure.
Angie 5:02 Nothing - as a plant shop owner - nothing beats spring, you know? Like the holidays are amazing, obviously, there's gift giving. But spring is spring! And people just get so excited! They're out and about, they're happier, the plants are happier, and as you said, we're already ahead of ourselves. So we're ordering for spring and, you know, getting Easter gifts and Mother's Day and all that stuff.
Tanner 5:24 Exactly. Yeah, it's great, I mean, it's always fun to see what we can do better this year than last. Great time for progression and new life, and the sun shining and it's great. Yes!
Angie 5:35 Okay, well now for a drinking game! So I am today, I'm drinking Mead. Have you ever had Mead?
Tanner 5:42 I've never had a mead. I've only read about it in books. Hah!
Angie 5:44 It's so good! So it is a liquor made from wine...no, honey! So it's like a honey wine. Not from grapes... from honey. So very cool. Fermented honey. It's called Balmiada Apple Balm. And it's from Colony Meadery On the south side of Bethlehem here in town. So they're a great local business. And thanks to Colony Meadery for sponsoring today. Absolutely love your mead and recommend trying meead to anybody! because it's very fun, different tastes, it's hard to explain until you've had it.
Tanner 6:15 That's pretty cool. I might have to try one of those!
Angie 6:17 Yeah. And you are drinking water, right? Cheers to that!
Tanner 6:23 I've gat that water. I mean, it's just barely five o'clock here. So I mean, I gotta be - I gotta be good for someone you know!
Angie 6:28 it's 6:11 here. So I am, I'm ready to go!
Tanner 6:32 Go for it yeah!
Angie 6:32 I'll drink for the both of us! So we're still gonna play a drinking game. We are going to play two truths and a lie - plant edition! So it needs to be about your plants. Two truths, one lie. Um, I guess I'll kick off. So two truths and a lie - Okay! My favorite plant is a Hoya. My cats don't bother any plants in my apartment. And I really enjoy misting my plants. What do you think is my lie?
Tanner 7:26 I would say your lie is your favorite plant is a Hoya. Yeah!
Angie 7:33 That is my truth! So you should drink some water haha! It's newly my favorite plant because it just bloomed. So it's a whole thing - I'm on a kick now. i It's been seven years that I've had this Hoya. And I was like: "meh, like, you're cool, but I don't know. Nothing special". And then a bloomed! And now my mind is blown. And I need all the Hoyas so that they can bloom! Because it is so rewarding to wait seven years for something to flower. And then for the first flower to be...
Tanner 8:03 Seven years? Woow.
Angie 8:06 Yeah. That's right. It smelled amazing. It was gorgeous. So now I'm like, I got to see what all the blooms look like. So my...my lie was that my cats leave all of my plants alone...? It is somewhat true in the fact that they leave my REAL plants alone! We have an apartment, so there's only one big window that we can put the real plants in. And then a bunch of dark corners. So we have the Soltech lights in a lot of rooms to help with that...but you know, in the bathroom - in the dark bathroom - We'll, i'll admit, have a fake plant or two. That, just for the aesthetic of it take up the corner. I know, I know, I know! But we do! Because of it being, you know, worrying about the cat - something being on the floor - not elevated - we'll just throw like a really nice fake plant in the corner to spruce it up. So that is what my cats bother!
Tanner 9:03 Gotcha. So you do enjoy misting your plants then I guess?
Angie 9:07 I do, I do! I love it. It's very therapeutic. But um, yeah, so just a warning to all the cat parents out there! ake plants are not necessarily safe for your cats. My cat licks the plastic plant obsessively, and he got an ulcer on the tip of his tongue from doing it. So I've since had to throw out all the fake plants and elevate any toxic ones so that he just can't get to anything but - yeah! Tanner 9:35 You know, on that note as well - I don't know if they still make them this way - but I do know that at least some of the older versions of faker are plants, the material that they make ...as it ages and like dries out so to speak - the the plastic or you know, whatever they're made out - of has some sort of toxic ingredients in it as well. I want to say formaldehyde? But don't quote me on that, please. But - some guy came into our store and just like spouted off this big old long thing about how even toxic plants are more healthy for your pets than fake plants! Which I thought was really interesting.
Angie 10:16 Because most toxic plants for pets I mean - there's some that are awful you have to do your research - but most of them it just means they're gonna get an upset stomach and puke it up. Like...
Tanner 10:25 Exactly...
Angie 10:26 This was a whole ulcer on his tongue! He had to be on medication for a month! Like it was NOT good. So - no more fake plants in our house, which is good anyway, it was time. It was time to move on from that life.
Tanner 10:38 I'm with you.
Angie 10:41 Okay, you're up. Okay, so two truths and a lie.
Tanner 10:43 Two Truths. Okay. Um.... two truths and a lie, Two Truths and a Lie - Plant edition - Okay. I don't grow any outdoor plants. I have two greenhouses. And cacti are my favorite family of plants.
Angie 11:06 I would say that you don't have two greenhouses
Tanner 11:09 I do have two greenhouses!
Angie 11:13 So are cacti not your favorite?
Tanner 11:15 No, they're probably my least!
Angie 11:17 I have to drink twice now. Or once. Okay, so I got that one. Okay!
I agree with you on that. I like I said, I like to mist my plants.... I like to love on my plants. And the cacti just want me to leave them alone. And I can't I can't get with that lifestyle. So then I over love them and make them very unhappy.