What’s a low-cost air filter and natural mood enhancer that can brighten just about any space? Nope, it’s not some sleek new high-tech device — it’s the common houseplant.
And it’s having a moment.
Just ask Nadia Suzanna. As the owner of an eponymous floral studio in Queens, NY, Suzanna has found that plants have the marvelous ability to transform both body and mind. “There are wonderful ways we can share emotions we don’t always express through flowers and nature,” she says. “And plants, like artwork, have the ability to transport you. You’re creating a space that is reminiscent of places, times or people that give you energy and power.”
A multi-degreed professional with a resume that reads like a who’s who of financial powerhouses, Suzanna pivoted five years ago from finance to florals. Not entirely new to this pursuit, Suzanna had practiced floral arranging as a stress-relieving hobby throughout her high-powered career.
But, as exciting as this professional reinvention was, it also arrived during a time of personal loss. “I had recently lost my stepmom to cancer,” she explains. “As you get older and have these turning points in your life that are sadly punctuated by pain or loss or hurt, it brings a lot of things into focus."
Suzanna realized that plants could be a form of therapy — not just for herself but for others as well.