We had the good fortune of connecting with Britt Herron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Britt, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
A few years ago my best friend gave me a house plant, and I was so determined not to kill it. I started doing as much research on that plant as possible and just began to fall in love with learning about plants. I slowly began to grow my collection and then began to propagate my plants just to see if I could grow new ones. It got to the point that I had so many propagations, my husband told me I had to give them away. So I started giving them to friends. Those friends would then bring me their plants to propagate or for help if it was not doing good. I had people telling me I should charge or even turn it into a business. So after talking to my husband and coming up with a small game plan, I looked into everything I needed to do, to be able to sell plants in Texas. I knew right away that I did not want a brick and mortar, that I wanted it to be a mobile shop that only did vendor events and farmers markets and that the heart of this had to be about supporting community. So I started from there and now it has turned into a business that I love.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Ginger’s Garden Is a female owned mobile plant shop in Texas. We sell solely at farmers markets and vendor events and have no desire to open a store front. Community is the heart of The Ginger’s Garden. Which means we focus on selling items that are sourced and made locally and support other small local owned businesses, even if they sell the same items. It is extremely important to Britt the owner that this business is about building community not competition. Plant education is also a huge deal. We don’t want to just sell plants we also want to help our community to care for their plants. So we offer free detailed plant care information on both our instagram and website. Because we are building community we also stay connected with our customers and are available for them to reach out and ask question and get help regarding their plants. We have been building community and growing our business one day and one plant at a time. We started at the end of 2020 and faced a lot of personal and family obstacles. But overcame them with support of family and friends and putting one foot in front of another to keep going and keep striving to see our dreams come true. The biggest lesson I have learned is balance. My family comes first, sometimes that means my kids are doing the markets with me and other times that means we are taking a break because our family needs it. It has been the most beneficial thing for both our family and The Ginger’s Garden. What I want the world to know and see when they look at The Ginger’s Garden, is that growth and community are a massive value in your life, and that you are capable of doing great things and seeing your dreams flourish when you step out and make them happen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite places to visit in The DFW area are the local farmers markets.
We would start off by going to Westside Farmers Market, which runs every Wednesday from 2-6pm in Fort Worth. There we would grab some amazing dessert bread made by Sherri Robinson from Sherri’s Bake Shop, we would grab some ph balanced lemonade from Froot Kavas. We would check out the other amazing vendors while enjoying the local band being featured that night.
We would start our next day by hitting up Limoges Coffee truck that can usually be found at Saginaw Switchyard Food Truck Park. I would grab their orange mocha which has become one of my favorite coffee drinks. Then we would hit up some of my favorite vintage shops like La Casa Retro off Brown Trail in Bedford, and check out Honeysuckle Rose Vintage in The River District in Fort Worth.
We would then end our week together by hitting up Lola’s Rock’n’ Roll Rummage sale or Lola’s Farmers Market, that can be found at Lola’s Trailer Park off W 5th in Fort Worth on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month. We would check out all of the amazing vendors that they have to offer from the Salsa Boss with their amazing salsa to Soif De Vivre Vintage with her amazing vintage clothing items. Making sure to swing by Dayne’s Craft Barbecue, to get one of the best brisket sandwiches I have ever had. While enjoying one of the local bands that you can find at Lola’s Trailer park.
It would be a week full of local farmers markets, amazing food and fantastic local music, all while surround by the local community Fort Worth has to offer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family for sure deserves a huge shoutout for sure! Both of my grandmothers are huge inspirations for me. They both taught me to follow my dreams and to be the very best version of myself. My husband and kids for putting up with my crazy and cheering me on every step of the way. My mom for buying too many plants from me and then having me care for those plants. My friend Jennifer Smith from Dotted Line Studio, for creating the brand for The Ginger’s Garden and truly understanding my heart. Samantha Washburn from Sabel Moments Photography, for the amazing photos she is always willing to take for me. And Amber Gillespie, my best friend. Thank you girl for my first plant that started this journey and for alway being my sounding board! With out my family and friends non of my dreams would see the light of day.