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Maria Failla        

Author, Actress, Plant Enthusiast & Podcaster

Maria Failla is a “Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady” on a mission to help everyone successfully care for plants and make the world a kinder and greener place.

After learning to care for plants successfully and experiencing the exponential joy that caring for plants brought to her life, she founded the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast to learn alongside her listeners as she interviews experts in all aspects of plant care.

Failla spent the last decade as a professional musical theater performer and has been seen in Broadway musicals in New York and around the world.

She’s thrilled to now use her voice to help people grow more joy in their lives, through plant care with the podcast, virtual Garden Society and book, "Growing Joy."

Speech Topics


The answer to a happier, more connected life could be simpler than you think: Houseplants

Key Takeaways:

  • Look at a plant before you look at a screen to grow deeper roots with yourself

  • Plant/Life Parallels to learn from - #itsnotaboutthetomato

  • Use plants and Attention Restoration Theory to create restorative moments with nature in your life to regulate your nervous system

Grow More Joy in Your Workday: Use Houseplants to Cultivate Calm and Connection in Your Workspace

Key Takeaways:

  • Plants are scientifically proven to increase creativity and production in the workplace (and how to take advantage of this in your workplace)

  • Learn to approach your job like you tend your garden

  • Take the principals of Biophilic Design and apply them to your office set up

Cultivate Kindness with Houseplants: Life Lessons from Plants

Key Takeaways:

  • Caring for plants requires patience and empathy, practice this on plants and bring it into the world and make it a kinder, greener place.

  • Nurture a plant, nurture yourself and others.

  • Humans need to act like trees and work together to thrive.

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