WATCH: How owning house plants bloomed over the pandemic

Stephen Hill tends to the plants at Sprout Home at 745 N Damen Ave., where he’s worked for over a decade. (MacKenzie Coffman/Medill)

By MacKenzie Coffman
Medill Reports

The demand for houseplants surged over the pandemic, as did rates of depression. While plants are not a cure-all, access to nature is correlated with improved mental and physical health. So is this plant ownership trend a symptom of pandemic isolation? Or is it part of an even larger movement to reconnect people with nature through biophilic design?


MacKenzie Coffman is a video and broadcast graduate student at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @Mac_coffman and see her portfolio at