Between the carbon emissions and the glass-and-steel transit-hub experience, travel can be tough for those who thrive on natural beauty. With studies indicating that interactions with nature can boost health and wellbeing, one Oregon hotel is launching an on-demand plant service, allowing those without a green thumb to try out a plant risk- and responsibility-free – and providing those longing for their own greenery with a temporary fix. 

Plants on a coffee table in a room at the Woodlark hotel in Portland, Oregon
Woodlark's Bedside Botanical menu launches in January © Katie Mayne/Provenance Hotels

Beginning this month, guests at Portland’s Woodlark can order a potted plant to their room – surcharge-free – for the duration of their stay, courtesy of the hotel’s new Bedside Botanical menu. Developed in conjunction with local floral studio Solabee, the menu features four different plant genera that guests can request “based on the mood or feeling of wellbeing they’d like to channel,” says general manager Sean Castady. 

A woman holding a plant in a room at the Woodlark hotel in Portland, Oregon
Guests can choose a plant “based on the mood or feeling of wellbeing they’d like to channel," the hotel's GM says © Katie Mayne/Provenance Hotels

The prayer plant radiates peace and tranquility, potentially easing tensions from a stressful travel day, while the Monstera deliciosa might help with a run of bad luck – in the art of feng shui, it symbolizes prosperity, growth, and success. To clear the air, Sansevieria cylindrica and aloe vera are NASA-recommended natural purifiers (and aloe offers a plethora of  skincare applications too). 

A plant between two beds in a room at the Woodlark in Portland, Oregon
Woodlark's Bedside Botanical menu taps into the biophilic design trend © Katie Mayne/Provenance Hotels

Tapping into the biophilic design trend – that practice of bringing natural elements into a building’s design – the new amenity took inspiration from Woodlark’s “existing ‘green’ touches,” like the plant-filled lobby and the in-room decor, with custom wallpaper patterned with greenery from the city’s Forest Park. “The benefits of biophilic design are undeniable,” Castady says. “It’s intended create a calming environment and to deepen the connection with the natural world around us, which is exactly what we want our guests to feel while staying with us.”

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