The #NEIGHBOURTEAM took a lengthy trip from the South to the West and visited one our admired neighbours, Taman Hayat. They are a plant nursery specialized in growing and selling succulent plants and they also provide interior decorating service specifically for greenery and houseplants. Advocating the #SurelyGreenIsGood movement, it is their noble purpose to promote and constitute organic lifestyle in the middle of this bustling urban environment.

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Two minds behind Taman Hayat are Indra Bireuen and his partner, Monica Fernandez with the help of four other team members in running the venture. Indra-who developed an admiration for plants and natural lifestyle since his childhood decided to channel the long-buried fondness and dream of owning a garden and came up with Taman Hayat.

As we arrived in Taman Hayat HQ-which is located in the infamously parched West Jakarta area of Taman Ratu, we could feel the atmosphere shifted to be natural and serene. The home garden is filled with many succulent plants in various shapes and sizes. Succulent itself is a water-retaining rugged plant that can live in extreme arid condition. The most common plant is cactus, nonetheless it varies from peyote, agave, to aloe.

In Taman Hayat, they grow these plants mindfully. Not only physical maintenance, the psychological aspects of the plants are also vital. Then, each branch is placed in a handmade ceramic pot, which is made by their in-house potter Kharis Riza. These approaches, according to them make the plants look desirable and characterful.

They recently launched their website where customers can find the seasonal collection of the plants. Collection? Indeed, Taman Hayat’s products are placed to be under specific seasonal collections to invoke their uniqueness and exclusivity. In addition, they also utilize the website to educate their potential customers with several plant-related information such as planting techniques, succulent classification, and many more to come.

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Driven by a strong determination to expand the movement, they reminded young adults to start realizing about the relevance of natural living. Rather than spending an equally excessive amount of money on material things only, people can start to invest their money, time, and affection to nurture plants. It is surely beneficial for the earth by helping to mend the damaged natural environment, however there’s more beyond that.

A plant will change your life, according to them. You grow together with your plant. Looking after another complex living creature will sharpen your senses. It will retrain your traits of patience, perseverance, and discipline. Then, as you take care of your plants well, they are going to return the favor by providing relaxation, calmness, and freshness that impacted your mind, body, and soul positively.

Modifying a familiar saying, good plants will take you to good places. Greenery has the power to enliven a space and Taman Hayat ensures that they will help you to ignite the power.

Taman Hayat: A Succulent Horticulturist of the West Side
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