Inside Cactus Store in Echo Park, Los Angeles — California

Cactus Store in Echo Park, Los Angeles, was part of a kind of plant pilgrimage that we seemed to have found ourselves on whilst in America. California, it seems, is littered with incredible plant shops and gardens that make us want to uproot and move to the sunshine so we can keep our beloved succulents alive with a little less effort. 

Established in 2014 by Max Martin, Jeff Kaplon and Carlos Morera, Cactus Store is a small but mighty shop that we visited mostly because we'd seen a load of pictures of it on Instagram. At first glance we saw the piles of Cinder blocks that formed the shop's visual display, we saw a great deal of terracotta pots and we saw that familiar wonky vinyl on the side window telling us that we really were there. What we didn't realise until we were stood there in the shop is quite how specific the shop was. It wasn't just the same 'cactus mix' bunch of plants that we were used to seeing in the florist's shops back home (or even our beloved IKEA - sorry!) but the plants for sale here were weird. Seriously weird. The reason that they're weird is because instead of being brought into fruition in some cosy commercial greenhouse they were handpicked by the owners from the real life desert and brought here to be celebrated and passed onto specialist custodians, or at least keen enthusiasts like you and me. In our eyes 'perfection' is totally overrated, and we'd choose characterful plants to take home any day. 

FYI the terracotta here is special. We haven't found anything like it in the UK - this stuff seems thinner, more refined and somehow more 'pretty' (for want of a better word) and we would love to know where to get it. Especially the straight-sided pots, we really like those. 

Cactus Store

505.5 Echo Park Ave
 

FYI the boys at Cactus Store also have a new book release Xerophile; celebrating the cactus expeditions of the past, and you can order that here. The book has come together from first-hand stories and photographs from collectors of odd cacti and other people that spent their lives out gathering plants from up ladders in the various deserts of the world. Weird and wonderful. 

{ This post is part of our USA 2017 Trip }

Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.
Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA - Haarkon in California.