You’ll be climbing the walls — to see the inventive plant displays hanging on them! — when we visit Articulture Designs for a Fling-closing, Texas-style happy hour with live music, BBQ, margaritas, and more! Articulture is our generous sponsor for this event, and we’ll relax — or you can dance if you want to — in their tree-shaded back-yard event space after our final afternoon of garden tours. This is how Austin likes to kick back, y’all — outside under the trees, with a cold drink in your hand, food on the table, and music in the air.
Founded by “artrepreneur” Monique Capanelli in 2009, Articulture’s current boutique/garden space opened in January 2016. The turquoise shop has become an Instagram hit with locals, who find photo-ready vignettes at every turn. Articulture continues to be best-known for Monique’s custom living walls (you must see these pics) and vertical gardens for both residences and commercial installations. From massive, irrigated systems to easily spritzed air plant walls, Articulture has been at the forefront of vertical gardening since 2009.
Of course there will be a chance to shop! “The boutique is full of unique treasures, including home and garden decor, premium vessels, specimen plants, and signature Articulture living walls, plantscapes, and living furniture,” the manager, Dante Dominick, says. “It also serves as a showroom full of innovative and customizable design ideas. We also host classes in our garden that are very popular, like ‘Make Your Own Mini Living Wall,’ ‘Create Your Own Terrarium,’ ‘Mount a Staghorn Fern,’ ‘Macrame a Plant Hanger,’ and many more.” Articulture’s additional services include landscape design and event decor.
If you’re an out-of-towner, you’ll be interested to learn that Articulture offers online shopping too. “While our online store has a fraction of the wide inventory in our boutique, there are still about 100 items, including handmade Articulture creations,” Dante says.
You can even give someone a membership to one of Articulture’s Plant of the Month clubs, ensuring that a new succulent, air plant, or cactus is delivered to their home each month.
I notice they carry the Desertscape line of glasses, trays, and tea towels that my sister has given me as gifts in recent years (totally nailing my style). Check ’em out if you find cactus and armadillos adorable — at least when they’re not poking you or digging up your garden.
Articulture’s back-yard event space is available for weddings, parties, and corporate events, all while operating as a zero-waste facility. “We’ve hosted events of 200+ guests that generated only five pounds of landfill waste,” Dante says. “Our zero-waste philosophy permeates every facet of our business operations. In addition to our zero-waste commitment, Articulture gives back to our community through donations to a wide variety of causes and organizations. Our philanthropic efforts generally focus on causes that support the environment, woman entrepreneurship and/or equality, and anti-discriminatory causes in general.”
So there you go, Flingers — a good-hearted company, a creative little shop to poke around in, and a back yard party to enjoy!
Visit: 6405 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78745
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