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Philadelphia mom opens plant boutique Foliage to promote clean air in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — “Where I grew up, there weren’t many plants outside,” said Yolanda Palmer. “Some people had them, some didn’t.”

Palmer, who hails from Southwest Philadelphia, discovered her passion for plants at the age of 10. Growing up, she developed a green thumb and learned more about nature every day.

“As I got a little older, you could walk through my neighborhood and one block was full of flowers and things in the yard,” she said, “while you could walk to another block and there weren’t any.”

Since then, Palmer has had a desire to share her love of plants with the community. But the dream remained just a seed as she pursued a typical day job.

“I used to work in accounting for a nonprofit organization,” she said. “I was sitting there thinking I have to do something else.”

Palmer then planted the seed. She started small, selling at a local flea market in Southwest Philadelphia, then popping up at shows and festivals in Chestnut Hill.

By December 2021, her “Foliage” storefront on Germantown Avenue had grown. There she sells common plants, rare plants, small plants and large plants.

“The goal is to sell them to homeowners to beautify their homes and also purify the air,” she said.

Palmer’s home is Chestnut Hill, a central garden center in the city. But she hopes her message will reach other churches in the Philadelphia area.

“Everyone should buy houseplants. Everyone should want clean air,” she said. “And so we can do better in the future when our kids grow up.”

Palmer plans to keep working hard to support not only her shop, but also her twins, four dogs, a cat and 128 plants at home.

https://abc13.com/plants-environment-nature-earth-day/11722750/ Philadelphia mom opens plant boutique Foliage to promote clean air in Philadelphia

Dais Johnston

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