The botanical garden kit for beginners
Posted On June 16, 2021
I recently got a chance to sit down with one of the founders of the Denver Botanical Garden to find out more about the kit’s offerings, the challenges of getting a product to market, and how they’re adapting to the changing market.
The Denver Botanic Garden has an annual outdoor festival that brings people together, and the gardeners have a lot of pride in their gardeners, especially those who are new to gardening.
“You’re really seeing a very different approach to the community and the gardens,” said Mark Johnson, who runs the garden.
“It’s a big part of who we are.
It’s a little bit different than people have been seeing it.”
Johnson told Ars that the first time he saw the kit, he had “no idea what it was,” but the experience changed him, and he’s glad he got the opportunity to show it off.
The kit includes a potting soil, a potter’s wheel, a clay pot, a large garden pot, and a bucket for watering.
Each pot will have a drainage hose, and Johnson says he’s working on getting one for everyone in the garden so they can plant, prune, and maintain the plants.
The kit includes instructions on what to do when things go wrong, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to take care of the potting and watering.
“I think people get that this is all part of the learning process, and it’s just really a way to show that this hobby isn’t just for the hippies,” Johnson said.
The team behind the kit has been testing it out over the past year, and they say it’s well-received.
“I don’t think people really know that there are other ways to do this, and people are really appreciative,” Johnson told Ars.
“People are looking for a way that is a bit more sustainable and that they can make it a bit easier on themselves, which I think is very important for a garden.
People need to have that sense of safety, and to not be worried about the soil.
You’re just going to have to get out there and do it.””
People are getting excited about this and excited about their gardens,” Johnson added.
“We’re kind of doing that with this kit.
We want to help people learn more about it, to be more comfortable with it, and hopefully help them have a more successful year.”
For the team, that meant giving the kit a few tweaks to make it easier to use.
The potting soils now have a clay layer instead of a sand one.
Johnson also changed the water bottle from a plastic one to one that is more absorbent and durable.
The bucket is now made of two different sizes of plastic and is designed to hold about one-quarter of a pound of water.
“The clay layer has a lot more of a texture, and we wanted to add a little more texture to the bucket,” Johnson explained.
“There’s a few different types of clay, but we’re using the right one, the right color of clay.”
The gardeners also added a water filtration system, which they said adds a layer of safety to the potter kit, and is the first step in helping the garden be more welcoming to newcomers.
“If you have an allergy, you don’t want to take this into your own home,” Johnson joked.
“This is not going to be something you’re going to throw in the trash.”
Johnson also said that the kit includes tools to help with pruning.
“For the potters, it’s very important to be able to use this as a tool to help them,” he said.
“The way it’s being marketed is, ‘It’s going to do all the work.
It does all the pruning.'”