Desert Sunday Co’s Plant Parlour now located in Newcastle West
The Green Altar is a place where remarkable ideas take root, a place that draws from the infinitely diverse beauty of nature that inspires balance, creativity, and hope, in our post-COVID way of life.
Desert Sunday Co’s new brick and mortar space (next to The Edwards Bar) in Newcastle West offers a thoughtfully curated collection of indoor plants, living art pieces, and homewares, backed up by access to grower’s advice.
The plant parlour is a gathering place for people who are passionate and curious about plants, urban homesteading, and bringing their spaces to life. Committed to cultivating community in and around their neighbourhood, The Green Altar’s product is sourced from the team’s local family farm or from their network of small growers.
Desert Sunday Collective first hit the scene four years ago with Newcastle’s original plant sale, House Plant Revival and in late 2020 they achieved another milestone, returning home to The Edwards Bar and Parry Street with the opening of their new bricks and mortar store.
After successfully changing their business model to a delivery service during the peak of COVID-19, the mother of plants also became the mother of a son. With a three-month-old by her side, owner Amanda Marsh set out to embark on her next project with the rebirth of The Green Altar at the Edwards with more interesting plants, the perfect plant and pot combinations, and sound advice, supporting the plant lover to the learner beginning their journey.
“While lockdowns bought the importance of bringing nature and the beauty of outdoors into our indoor spaces to the front of people’s minds, we've noticed a real hunger for deeper plant knowledge and support - and as members of the Nursery & Garden Industry in NSW and with a rich family history of over 40 years of experience in the local nursery and garden industry, we are looking to fill that gap in the market,” Amanda said.
The team has recently launched ‘Foliage Fam,’ a rewards initiative for long-time supporters, and are also focused on providing a plant sourcing service, plant curation for home or workplaces, and crafting a unique blend of workshops and events.
“This space gives us the opportunity to further grow our plant-loving community, giving them a regular space to connect, form new relationships and pursue their interests and passions. Parry Street has developed into an amazing hub of creative activity over the past few years, and we are excited to see where this creativity can take the Green Altar," said Amanda.
The Green Altar is now open at The Edwards Bar in their new retail space - Shop 2, 148 Parry Street, Newcastle West.