The Plant Society has been born from a passion for design and plants, but also to create a plant community, or as we like to call it, a ‘plant social network’. Our goal is to nurture and preserve rare and interesting plant species for future generations and share the knowledge and skills required to grow them with our community. By celebrating plants and all things green, we hope to establish a knowledge bank of skills and techniques that can be enjoyed by all plant enthusiasts, whatever their skill level.
At The Plant Society, we believe it is vital to build relationships not only with the plants, but with the people who grow and nurture them. We have immense appreciation and respect for the knowledge cultivated by growers, collectors and propagators, and we regularly forage the country to build relationships with these important people.
Alongside our plant foraging we are actively involved on a range of events and projects to promote positive and open conversations around greenery. We collaborate closely, designing greener spaces, both internal and external, with architects, interior designers, council and developers.
But the journey has just begun. As we travel around and meet experienced growers, we are faced with one challenge: time. The older generation holds so much plant knowledge that is crying out to be unearthed and kept alive for the future.
Jason Chongue is a Melbourne-based architect, interior designer and plant cultivator. His career has been shaped by a range of unique design and gardening experiences. Jason actively works on a range of notable architectural, interior design and styling projects.
Unambiguously passionate about design, he also has an innate love of cultivating indoor greenery and has been a plant cultivator for as long as he can remember, growing a range of plants with his family, especially his grandmother. His love for all things green has led him to collect a huge number of rare and unusual plants sourced through long-nurtured relationships with other growers.
In August 2016, he launched The Plant Society (www.theplantsociety.com.au/ @theplantsocietyau) with partner Nathan Smith. Together they promote positive and open conversations about gardening and greenery. Their passion lies in providing a supportive social network for gardeners of all levels. The Plant Society’s ‘Plant Social’ events bring together growers and plant enthusiasts to informally talk about plant-care tips or growing challenges and build awareness about gardening in small spaces.
Jason’s mammoth plant collection and unique interiors were discovered by The Planthunter via his Instagram (@jasonchongue) in 2016. He has also appeared in The Design Files, Sunday Life and the Sydney Morning Herald, and been noted as ‘one of ve plant-obsessed Instagram accounts to follow’ by Nine News and one of ‘10 Instagrammers from Australia and New Zealand to follow’ by Design*Sponge.
Jason believes the skills of gardening have skipped a generation, which has opened a gap for educating the younger generation about simple skills and knowledge relating to indoor gardening. He is passionate about gaining knowledge from established growers to preserve the history of plants, both in Australia and internationally.