Publish Her is dedicated to providing resources to female-identifying business owners and authors. Since 2018, Publish Her has awarded more than $250,000 in grants and services to women in business.
This month, with support from community partner BankCherokee, a $5,000 Publish Her Business Impact Grant is being awarded to Bree Iman Clarke, founder of The Plant Project. Bree is committed to representation and growing a diverse community through culture and plants.
About The Plant Project
The Plant Project is the first Black woman-owned plant shop in Texas, and it was created to address the lack of diversity in the Dallas plant world. Its first location opened in the heart of Uptown on Nov. 28, 2020, in Freedman’s Town, the area of one of the largest settlements of ex-slaves in Texas. The Plant Project has since grown to four locations between Dallas, Houston and Galveston.
Soft jazz music fills the rooms of The Plant Project, along with the scent of Olphactory Candles, a Dallas-based Black-owned business. Popular zebra plants are nicknamed “Herman” in honor of the man who first instilled a love of plants in Bree.
“Growing up, this guy Herman would always come over to my grandmother’s house in Texas and just talk about plants. He was actually the first African American man to graduate from Texas A&M with a horticulture degree,” Bree says. “He would talk about plants, herbs, flowers and how to take care of the soil. I didn’t know it then, but I was soaking in everything he was teaching. He passed away a few years ago, but I’ve dedicated my shop to him now.”
Photo credit: Angelica Marie Photography