Many niche interests have gone mainstream during the pandemic, from tending to sourdough starters to mastering TikTok dances, but one hobby in particular has grown into a craze: houseplants. Over the past year, nurseries have seen record sales as people sought to fill voids in their social calendar—and, in turn, their windowsills—by testing out their green thumb.
To celebrate flora fanatics with a case of wanderlust (Earth Day is just around the corner, after all), we’ve rounded up five of our most botanical vacation rentals that have taken plant parenting to the next level. A living room with a living wall? It’s yours to book.
It’s fitting that our first featured vacation home takes us to The Evergreen State, where an indoor koi pond—and hot tub—are surrounded by an impressive display of tropical plants that create a jungle-like oasis.
Where to find foliage nearby: Swing by Pioneer Memorial Park, a beautiful 4-acre park and arboretum located right downtown and maintained by the Sequim Prairie Garden Club.
This custom-built vacation home uses greenery to soften the steely gray of its industrial-style interior architecture, with a two-story living wall of plants and a forest of potted trees.
Where to find foliage nearby: Reopening on May 1, Von Trapp Greenhouse in Waitsfield has been growing all of its own plants from seeds, cuttings, or divisions for more than 40 years.
Wicker baskets and plant stands dot the living area of this beachside rental, proving that even with a view of palm trees from the deck, a fiddle leaf fig tree can really bring a space to life.
This Big Sky sun porch—complete with skylights—is decked out with a container garden of trees that artfully brings the outdoors in, but will keep any chilly evening temps at bay.
Where to find foliage nearby: An abundance of wildflowers line area hiking trails, including Beehive Basin and Cinnamon Mountain, but remember to leave the colorful buds rooted—picking them is against hiker (and plant enthusiast) etiquette.
OK, we know this is a deviation from the houseplant theme—but it’s a house in a plant, and we couldn’t resist including a vacation rental that gives guests the true “one with nature” experience.
Where to find foliage nearby: Unveiling a $12 million renovation this spring, Leach Botanical Garden is home to a diverse collection of more than 2,000 plants across its 16.5 acres.