Don’t let the green fool you, the latest iteration of paint-and-sip nights is not of the garden variety — but it will require garden gloves.
Plant Nite — a new social experience with roots in Boston — is growing on Long Island, offering guests the chance to create a tabletop garden at a local eatery for $50. The cost covers all the supplies (plants, planter, decorations, soil and shovel) to create a custom terrarium or succulent garden. Food and drink are also available.
“The majority of our public events are held at local bars and restaurants, as that’s one of the core components of our business model,” said Courtney Osgood, Plant Nite’s public relations manager.
Plant Nite derived from Paint Nite, a brand of paint-your-own-canvas art events founded by Boston-based duo Dan Hermann and Sean McGrail.
Plant Nites are offered in 37 cities across the United States. The company plans to expand to 40 more early next year. The series debuted on Long Island last month.
Marjorie Poux of Valley Stream attended a recent event at Cannon’s Blackthorn in Rockville Centre as part of an evening of team building with six colleagues from HealthCare Partners in Garden City.
“We did Paint Nite, so we decided to give this a try,” Poux said, adding that she was enticed by the idea of gardening over drinks.
“It’s a night of drinking creatively — that’s what we like to call it,” said Lori McGuire, who hosted Poux and a couple dozen other women at Cannon’s Blackthorn.
McGuire, an East Meadow resident, said a green thumb is optional. The host gives step-by-step instructions on how to make the tabletop garden.
Poux and her co-workers — which included a mix of garden enthusiasts and at least one woman who described herself as having a “black thumb” — said the evening provided the opportunity to do more than plant their bottoms on bar stools.
“I’m one of those environmentally challenged people,” said Elaine Timmins of West Hempstead. “So I hope my terrarium lasts with a little care.”
WHAT YOU’LL PLANT
The majority of Plant Nite succulents are from the cactus family, which means they are hearty and easy to arrange and maintain. They require six to eight hours of natural or low light each day.
“The most common reason succulents die is because they’re overwatered,” Osgood said. “So we typically tell people that it’s OK to sort of forget about them. They’ll last longer with less water, rather than more.”
McGuire advises her group to water their work with spritzes every two weeks or so in the summer, and about once a month in the winter.
Plant Nite launched in Boston last year. Its founders say they are noticing its rising popularity in some of its earliest locations such as Minneapolis; Washington; D.C.; Sacramento; Salt Lake City, and Boston.
“In places where Plant Nite has been around for a while,” Osgood said, “we’re seeing something really incredible — people are coming back multiple times.”
- Plant Nite events on Long Island cost $50 and must be reserved online at plantnite.com
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Momo’s Sport Bar and Grill, 350 Union Ave., Holbrook
PROJECT Succulent terrarium in rose bowl
- 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Burger Village, 66 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck
PROJECT Harvest season succulent planter
- 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Watami, 714 Montauk Hwy., Moriches
PROJECT Succulent terrarium in round wooden barrel planter
- 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at That Meetball Place, 52 W. Main St., Patchogue
PROJECT Succulent garden in chalkboard planter