f²: On the 12th Day of Christmas
On the 12th Day of Christmas, my true love gave me the gift of life — more specifically “green life” from the carefully curated wares of Botany, a unique specialist, independent shop on Chatsworth Road in the creative heart of London’s East End.
Angela Maynard worked twelve years in product development for big British brands before realising that plants were her future. A Swedish Ivy she nurtured and watched it grow during a trying time in her life confirmed for her the positive benefits of having houseplants in your home. Opening Botany in 2014, she has developed the shop into an ever-changing platform of ideas for the home from the shop’s core products — plants and pots — to ethically sourced hand-crafted home wares, stationery, and organic skincare products. “We believe that good, useful, ethical design and considered surroundings make for a beautiful and balanced life,” she says.
This year we have re-found the joy of giving by giving simply. Read our take on Full Circle Giving.