5 Questions with The Tipsy Gardener
There’s this old saying: “A district is only as good as its vendors.”
Okay, you busted us—that’s not actually an old saying. It’s our sort-of-smooth segue into a new feature we’re calling 5 Questions, where twice a month, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the local artisans and personalities that make the A+E District all kinds of special.
This week, we’re pulling out the good china, pouring some tea and getting chatty with Kristina Capone, also known as The Tipsy Gardener. Inspired by her passion for gardening (and a happy hour sesh or three), Kristina turned her green thumb into a creative gardening start-up. Using terrarium bowls, geometric hangers and cement planters, she creates whimsical gardens out of cacti, air plants and lithops. A fixture at the Miami Flea, her cement planters can even be customized with your favorite word, phrase or logo—and let’s just say, she’s seen some pretty interesting requests cross her desk. Better yet, we’ll have Kristina break it down for you herself…
What’s the craziest planter or terrarium you’ve ever made?
Because I make custom planters, I’m able to collaborate with local businesses to paint their logos on concrete planters. Whether its restaurants or retail stores, it’s a blast to work with other local businesses that shop small and support our local community. I do have to say, some of the custom planters I’ve made for individuals that you wouldn’t see on the shelves include one that said “Throuple Thyme” and the shocker symbol. That still makes me laugh!
Are you working with any new materials right now? Any exciting projects on the horizon?
I am always evolving when it comes to new projects. Currently I am working with DIRT, an amazing restaurant in the Miami area, to create lush plantscapes for their three eateries. Also, Brimstone in Doral has an installation of geometric hangers that I created to add to their wood and industrial atmosphere. New products are always on the horizon and the A+E district is like that perfect cocktail where I drink up all the inspiration I need.
What’s your favorite way to beat the Miami heat?
Beating the Miami heat can be tricky. I find that having an ice-cold beer or a tropical cocktail with me in the garden can really cool things down.
Croquetas or pastelitos. You can only choose one.
Croquetas. I usually can’t resist any of Miami’s amazing eateries (or cocktails for that matter), but if I had to pick one it would be croquetas—with a cold beer or margarita to wash it down!
What does The Tipsy Gardner want to be when it grows up?
Down the road, we have big dreams of traveling around the country and creating new living art creations that bring the beauty of nature inside. I would love to see my plants and creations in local hotels, restaurants and other amazing local shops we have in Miami.