Love Plants But Can’t Keep Them Alive? This Service Will Ship You a New One Every Month

House Plant Box
House Plant Box

House plants are more than just decorative. Research has shown that plants can purify indoor air, help you focus, and lower stress levels. (Yes, they do also make for very nice decor.) Unfortunately, not everyone is great at keeping plants alive. If that's the case with you, a new subscription service called House Plant Box is here to help.

The program—which is aimed at all plant lovers, to be clear, not just brown thumbs—is designed to deliver you new house plants on a monthly basis. For as little as $12 a month, you get a new, in-season indoor plant chosen by the experts at House Plant Shop, an online plant store based in Southern California.

You can choose between a few different options. There’s three standard boxes that include one plant for $12 a month: one box for all-season indoor plants, one for air plants, and one for succulents. Because a number of common houseplants are toxic to cats, dogs, or both, there’s another $12 box exclusively devoted to pet-safe house plants.

Plants from the succulent House Plant Box subscription option
House Plant Box

There are also two premium box options that offer a variety of plants for $30 a month. One box features a grab bag of house plants that can include air plants, succulents, and other species, while the other box offers a selection of air plants.

You can choose to pay month-to-month, once every three months, once every six months, or once a year, with discounted rates for longer subscription terms. All of the subscriptions include periodic surprises in the form of terrariums, fertilizer, and other accessories.

The subscription is great for anyone who worships all things green and can never have too many plants around the house, but you don’t have to be an obsessive botanist to enjoy it. You could use your endless supply of greenery to give all your dinner party hosts leafy gifts, or use them to decorate your office. And of course, while we can’t condone killing your plants, it would also be very handy if you're a newbie gardener whose plants don’t have a great survival rate.

Snag yourself (or your loved ones) a subscription on the House Plant Box website.

Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross in an Upcoming Facebook Live Event

Public television hero Bob Ross may no longer be with us, but you can still paint happy little trees in his honor. October 29, 2018 marks what would have been the 76th birthday of the beloved art teacher to the masses, and to honor his memory, the Quarto Group—publisher of the new book Painting With Bob Ross—is hosting a live-streamed painting party online.

Painting With Bob Ross provides step-by-step instructions to help you create some of the master’s favorite oil landscapes on your own. While Quarto’s October 23 painting party (a collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc.) can’t teach you how to mimic Ross's soothing voice, the celebration does include a painting session with Bernie Oropallo, a Certified Ross Instructor, who will demonstrate the techniques that Ross taught on The Joy of Painting.

Promo for The Quarto Group's Bob Ross painting party
The Quarto Group

The live-streamed instructional session will take place within the offices of a youth arts center in Beverly, Massachusetts, called Express Yourself. Oropallo will lead you through the process of painting “Distant Mountains,” one of the artworks included in the new book.

The painting lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on October 23. To participate, log onto Facebook and head to the QuartoCreates page to join the live event. Before it starts, check out the event page here for a list of the supplies you’ll need to complete the painting. If you can’t make it to a computer that night, grab Painting With Bob Ross on Amazon ($15) to get the next best thing. If that’s not enough for you, we suggest you curl up with the official Bob Ross art book and/or a Bob Ross coloring book.

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