When a new shop opens in a city and it calls itself ‘Wildernis’ then all my Urban Jungle Bloggers alarm bells are ringing and I know I have to get there. A few months ago I happened to find myself in Amsterdam for a business trip and it was a clear thing that I had to meet up with my dear friend and fellow blogger Desiree of Vosgesparis. And it was her who introduced me to a new green shop in Amsterdam: Wildernis.
It was a pretty windy day when we set off to discover Wildernis – one of the owners, Mila, opened the store especially for us and from the moment we opened the door we found ourselves in a real urban wilderness: hanging plants covering the ceiling, cacti galore, leafy indoor plants tucked throughout the shop, terrariums, planters, gardening tools, plant books, colourful watering cans, flowers, vases – oh my, this is truly an Urban Jungle Bloggers heaven!
Mila, who used to be a freelance journalist, opened Wildernis with a friend and they turned their passion for plants into their own business catering to the growing plant-loving crowd of Amsterdam. And since plants create cosy and comfy interiors, Wildernis is not only a shop to shop but also a place to immerse yourself into a green lifestyle and get inspired. You can sit down, order a great coffee, flip through various plant books and chat with the shop owners – the experience is is far more than mere shopping.
Wildernis will inspire even the most reluctant plant person. If you doubt the need for plants in our homes, Wildernis will convince you to think twice. Not only will you be impressed by the abundance of plants, but the owners will surely make you understand that living with plants is not difficult. Wildernis is also a place to gather and work together – the shop team organizes with various plant experts workshops in the store thus not only inspiring people but also educating them. All for a greener city and a greener life. If you find yourself in Amsterdam one day, do not miss a stop-over at Wildernis. You will not regret it.
Wildernis, Bilderdijkstraat 165 F, 1053 Amsterdam
Photography by Igor Josifovic