Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature


The answer to a happier, more connected life could be simpler than you think: learning to care for plants and connect with nature. Houseplants and gardening do more than beautify our homes and lawns - the act of caring for them helps us reduce stress, increase joy and cultivate connections with ourselves, others and the earth. Deep, right? On the Growing Joy Podcast, learn alongside host and author Maria Failla to not only care for plants, but how to simply and affordably use plants to manage your overwhelm, anxiety and stress and live a happier, more connected and calm life. Plant care is self care. Come grow some joy with us. Follow along on socials @bloomandgrowmaria

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  • Alexa.B.16
    Hi I’m 11 years old and I love your podcast! I use your tips and my large amounts of indoor and outdoor plants are doing great. So thanks!!!!! 🌵🌲🌳🌴🌱🌿☘️🍀🎍🪴🎋🍃🍄🌾💐🌷🌹🪷🌺🌸🌼🌻
  • Tina Bolor
    Happy plant lady
    I love this podcast and all the fun guests Maria has on. Inspires me to garden and care for my plants. I’ve learned so much. Please don’t go political, there’s enough of that everywhere else. I love the positivity and mental health healing this podcast and plants give me. Thank you Maria!
  • foodscientist_bridget
    Falling in love with podcasts
    I discovered Maria’s podcast summer of 2019. I was going through a tough time, and planty podcasts were so healing and relaxing. I didn’t know why at the time. Over the years, I loved watching Maria deepen the connection between mental health and plants. Thank you, Maria, for forever hooking me to podcasts with your fellow planty podcast colleagues!
  • LVWillis
    Planty Driving :)
    I love Bloom and grow so much! I am a traveling pediatric therapist in Denver and this podcast fills my drives with planty joy! Maria I loved the episode at the AZ botanic gardens and would be THRILLED if you ever made your way to Denver botanic gardens for similar one for CO landscaping:)
  • LeslieSunshine
    Love it and grateful!
    I have recently gotten into plants to help with relieving stress and anxiety. This podcast has helped me with my love for plants, and with redirecting stress and anxiety. So thankful!
  • Nia Ita
    New here and I love it!
    I’ve been listening for under a year but I have found so many valuable nuggets and am really enjoying the ride. It’s a JOY to have found a podcast that shares and expands on my love for plants.
  • DevDev yay me
    10/10 highlights recommend
    Maria is a fabulous human. She loves plants and she loves humans. Each episode feels like it was curated just for you. It is apparent she goes out of her way to create each podcast with love. Her voice is very nice to listen to. I have been gardening and growing houseplants for decades and still find a new bit of knowledge on her episodes. Love the community feeling. 💚💚💚
  • Dr Les
    Best plant podcast for beginners!!
    I’ve been listening to Maria for a few years now and I have learned so much from it! She offers great interviews with plant experts. Her content is informative and perfect for those who are just starting out on their plant parent journey.
  • nic in the mitten
    GREAT podcast
    SO easy to listen to! I love hearing Maria and her planty knowledge is 👌
  • accidentally midwest
    Awesome for plant lovers!
    Love this podcast as a great, positive, upbeat source to learn new things about being a plant parent! Great place to grow your planty knowledge!
  • Erin Peabody
    Great podcast to get grounded
    I love listening to Maria! It makes me feel more grounded and connected to nature. I’ve truly enjoyed learning and listening to all the episodes thus far.
  • JessssssssssO
    New listener
    This is such an easy to listen to podcast! I appreciate the knowledge so freely shared to help me in my gardening experience. :)
  • Black Bunny Mama
    Very Informative
    Just recently found you after listening to your interview with Lisa from Simple Farmhouse Life. The few episode I have listened to have been very informative and I can’t wait to learn more from you.
  • Nana Rinny
    Everything you want to know about seeds!
    New listener here and I love her podcasts. Best podcast - very informative about seeds.
  • HeyRojo
    happy happy joy joy
    Love listening and following and learning - growing joy fits perfect with what I do, helping people dig deep to find their Happy Roots 🤗 using plants as a metaphor to gain freedom by unearthing and understanding and loving and accepting our true and authentic self 💗
  • Tumblr dot org
    Always my first pick when I have loads of podcast episodes to listen to!
    I haven’t been listening for very long but I have listened to every. single. episode. Maria is a beacon of light in the plant community and I love hearing her talk about all things planty. She always asks such insightful questions to her guests. Plus she is always sure to go over things for people who are new to the plant realm. I can’t get enough. Thank you Maria!!
  • IJ__Lopez
    Informative and Relatable
    Love this podcast. Every episode brings something new to learn and all of the stories and anecdotes that are shared make me feel like I’m not alone in my plant struggles. Not to mention Maria is a joy to listen to!
  • Maryrusko
    Brings me joy when I’m feeling down :)
    Your podcasts have helped me through some hard times. When I need to get away from my thoughts I will listen to a podcast while taking a walk. It’s also lonely living in the country, so it’s like having a friend on my walk. I’m always in a better mood as soon as I start listening and I usually end up walking longer than planned. I’m working on my horticulture degree too, so it’s even more fun to learn additional information. I appreciate all that you do!
  • Warrior Family.
    New listener
    I recently started listening to this podcast and I'm going back to listen to previous episodes. I have been able to relate to so many episode because my time with my plants has become part of my self-care routine. As an empath, I am that person who will cry when one of my plant babies dies so learning the most I can from this podcast really helps. I will continue to care for my plants like I don't have tons of laundry to do.
  • King kong Sam
    Good for my soul
    Maria teaches me about how to care for plants and my mental health. She is literally helping you grow your joy.
    Plant knowledge queen
    Maria’s a great interviewer. She always thinks of things I never would have. I also love her inclusion of how plants are effecting her outlook on life
  • Newbie Gardner
    Favorite podcast
    Just discovered this podcast and love it! Helpful advice for a novice plant lover.
  • Bananawamma
    Love this!
    I really enjoy listening to this podcast. It’s super informative and sometimes I feel like she is directly speaking to me because she has experienced so many of the same things that I have with plants. Highly recommend for anyone that wants to know more about plants; both indoor and outdoor!
  • Firstbaby2016
    Maria, my spirit guide!
    Maria’s podcast not only fulfills my nerdy need for plantcare knowledge, the show also has a positive vibe that I find very healing in my daily chaos. Maria’s self-help tips sprinkled throughout are well-curated and much appreciated. Thank you for your innovative work, Maria!
  • AshLou S.
    Such a wealth of knowledge!
    If you’re new to having indoor plants, then this is the podcast for you! Each episode is full of educational information that isn’t overwhelming. She has great guests on that also provide a ton of information and encouragement. This podcast is welcoming to all levels and all types of people, it’s always positive and a ray of sunshine in my day!
  • Mjsichak
    My New Favorite Podcasts
    I discovered this podcast after purchasing Maria’s book Growing Joy. I love it. I can’t to listen to more.
  • Fashion Foodie
    Love this podcast!
    I recently got into plants for my mental health and I feel so lucky to have come across this podcast! Already re-listened to a few wonderful episodes. Maria’s voice is amazing, too! If you like plants and need a friend, this is the podcast!!!
  • Allsmilesgirl3177
    Great resource!
    This is such a great podcast, not just for myself, but I have sent people to listen who are new (and very interested in nerding out all in)!
  • Rockylynn27
    A treasure trove of plant wisdom
    I love this podcast. I have about 75 indoor plants and then garden outside in the spring, summer, and fall. While I have been enjoying my plant babies since I was 13 (I’m now 38), there is always something new that I pick up from Maria and her guests. The topics she covers are extremely diverse and I often find myself driving into a new plant rabbit hole after hearing about a plant-related topic I had never thought about before. My last rabbit hole was about starting plants from seedlings. I usually just buy small plants that I put into a garden, but between the amazing info on the podcast and the useful websites referenced in the episode notes, I may do seeds!
  • K❤B
    Phenomenal Podcast for Newbies/Experts!!!
    🪴DONT SLEEP ON THIS PODCAST🪴 Maria is such a fun and enthusiastic plant mom! She does an amazing job at explaining theories/ideas as well as choosing experts to bring onto the show! I learned about Growing Joy (Bloom and Grow) from her appearances on Plant Daddy podcast and couldn’t resist giving her show a listen.
  • Ira Wild
    This podcast changed my life
    Listening to this podcast helped me learn how to take care of plants. What I didn’t expect is that taking care of plants taught me how to take better care of myself. Thank you, Maria, for being a gift to the world, you beautiful human.
  • DelgadiA1111
    Mama Gaia love
    I am new to house plants & came across this podcast & I am so thankful I did. Maria seems like the uplifting friend we all need in our life. Her passion for plants goes beyond what I expected. 3 years ago I opened the door to living a more grounded, positive energy lifestyle & to my surprise this podcast has many episodes tying my new lifestyle into caring for my house plants. I love this podcast so much. Thank you Maria.
  • KellL99
    Wholesome, amaing podcast!
    Maria's podcast truly sparks joy and is a helpful and peaceful podcast to listen to for anyone passionate about plants. She covers houseplants and gardening, as well as anything surroung the joy that plants bring.
  • Scottdavids111
    Love you and all the learning !!
    I have learned so much from you over the years from all of the platforms you have broadcasted on!!
  • Akn4718
    So good!
    I recently found this podcast and I am loving it. Maria provides really helpful information and I love the focus on self care. Also there are a wide variety of topics covered. Her voice is so soothing.
  • Palm City Hats
    What a wonderful podcast
    I am a newbie to being a plant parent and this podcast helps me out so much in answering all the questions I have to grow my plants successfully
  • SARAHCS1996
    I am a new listener and I love it! I only have two house plants lol but hoping to expand to a outdoor garden and keep them alive! I love listening it’s education and a good way to relax! Thank you!
  • kpp15648
    My husband and I are small, humble gardeners. We have learned so much from this podcast and it’s guests! We highly recommend giving it a listen even if you dabble in only houseplants!!
  • mamaminimalist
    Timely life lessons
    I came for the plant care help and I stayed for the self help! Maria is a dynamic and engaging host whose passion for houseplants hooked me from first listen. Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life every week!
  • Sarah Larah Mary Louise
    Helpful and insightful.
    I love this podcast for all of its informative episodes but especially enjoy the tips for self care as well as plant care 😄
  • Daniellefryarlandreth
    Listening since the beginning
    I love this pod for so many reasons. My interest in plants and the power they hold grew so much listening to this show, but also love how relatable Maria is and her ability to share and explain new info! All the convos are so fun and now by listening to this show, people in my life come to me for planty advice!
  • activelyenjoylife
    Love, love, love!!! 💚🪴
    I’m a long time listener of the show and started my plant journey along with Maria from nearly the beginning. She’s been the positive voice helping me learn more about plants and the healthy habits of caring for them and myself! She has absolutely helped me grow joy every time I listen! Thank you Maria! You’re the best!
  • padenhughes
    Maria is magic!
    Maria’s honest and heartfelt journey into joy and happiness through plants is incredible. I love her energy, her information and growing with her! This podcast rocks!
  • MichaD3
    Great for car rides
    Wish you could be doing planty stuff but you are stuck in the car? This is the answer! Maria is a lot of fun and covers great topics. You will laugh and learn!
  • ejbridgf
    Maria is so wonderful
    I've been listening to this podcast almost since the very beginning and I truly am thankful for Maria. From teaching me new things with my plants to the slippery slope of "oh maybe I'll just grow a couple vegetables outside" we've been through it together and she hasn't even known. She truly wants more kindness in the world and I am so glad to have someone like her putting content out into the world on a regular basis. Love you Maria! So happy to have been witness to your growth as a podcast but as a plant lady too!
  • The Houseplant Guru
    Great podcast about houseplants!
    I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest on this podcast and it was wonderful. It is a great! If you like houseplants, you need to listen to every episode!
  • Tori Hartmann
    Plant care is self care!
    Finding Maria was one of the best things that happened for me! In 2020- my mental health drastically declined. Although I didn't find plant until January 2022- finding maria and listening to her podcast and reading her book was eye opening. Her parallels between the plant world and mental health leave me so refreshed. Listening to her podcast has helped me become not only a better plant parent, but also a better person holistically. Thank you Maria for all the advice and helping me grow my plant collection from a single tradescantia zebrina prop from my aunt to a thriving collection of 94 plants strong! 😁
  • heyoitskat
    Fantastic plant care interviews plus thoughtful episodes on mindfulness and self care
    I have been listening to this podcast for years and truly can’t recommend it enough if you love plants - and especially if you are into both plants and self care / mindfulness / self reflection. The thing that first drew me in was Maria’s vulnerability in the beginning about how she didn’t know much about plants. I loved that she was learning and growing alongside the listeners as she interviewed experts about plant care. I have learned so much over the years and been turned on to some great resources, people, and products I never would have known about otherwise. This podcast has been my guide as I’ve gone from one houseplant to more like 50 now :) Now, with the “Growing Joy” rebrand, Maria has paired plant care interviews with a really thoughtful approach to how plants can help us cultivate more joy and peace in our lives. I love that the episodes alternate between traditional plant care and more of a mindfulness focus. I think we could all use a little self reflection and joy in our lives, and I thinks it’s just such a cool idea to bring our houseplants and gardens into that in such an intentional way.
  • MmyersGC
    So happy to finally give a listen!!
    I’ve been following on Instagram for awhile, so happy to have finally clicked on the podcast- obsessed ❤️
  • AZplebian
    Buy my stuff-and oh yeah, plants
    I found bloom and grow over a year and a half ago and I really enjoyed the knowledgeable guests and information. It was top notch at that time. Today, it’s really sad that you can go in 1/3 of the way in to a one hour show now and hear nothing but the host pushing her products and the guests pushing theirs. The show has really lost it’s moorings and I hope it finds again someday. Plant School is a great alternative.
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