Plant Shops Explored

A Green Cafe in Hintonburg, Ottawa|Blumen Studio

by Barbara-

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a very contemporary flower shop In Ottawa’s Hintonburg community called Blumen Studio. Blumen is a German word meaning flowers or floral. This is a unique floral shop because it is also a cafe where you can grab a cup of coffee and bite into delicious pastries. Oh while you’re there, how about you get that succulent and air plant you have always wanted? Sounds amazing? I think so too.  I can’t remember how I stumbled on the studio’s Instagram page but they had one picture of Spanish moss which caught my attention. I quickly contacted them and made arrangements to visit in the next few days. I was very impressed by the set up when I entered the cafe. I thought it was a great concept to have a cafe and a floral studio in one space. I briefly spoke to one of the owners of Blumen Studio, Kat Kosk who was very friendly and allowed me to take a few pictures of her studio for this post.


Kat has 19 years of experience as a floral designer. She moved to Canada 13 years ago but grew up in Germany where she trained as a professional floral designer. Blumen studio was born 4 years ago and is owned by Kat and Nathan Turner, her business partner.

The plant display outside Blumen studio lends a sense of curiosity that beckons you inside, whether you are a plant lover or not. The inside has a minimalist feel, filled with scents of plants, fresh-baked goods and coffee. Come on in for a tour. I think the coffee pot is on, so pull a chair and stay a while.


Pastry collage


Vertical wall collage

I was so tempted to get this vertical living wall but had to restrain myself knowing it wouldn’t survive very long in my poorly lit north facing apartment.  🙁


Won’t you just look at this huge fiddle leaf fig? Can’t wait for mine to grow this tall.


Succulent IMG_0545 english myrtle tree


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succulent box

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Hope you enjoyed the tour. If you are ever in the Hintonburg area, make it a point to visit Blumen Studio. 465 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Y 1H5


Oh so many pots and plants I wanted to take home. After showing much restraint, this is what I picked up – Tillandsia usneoides  (Spanish moss) and Sempervivum sp (houseleeks). I was elated to find the Spanish moss there. In that moment when I saw it, looking at me you wouldn’t know but on the inside I was jumping up and down. I had been on the search for spanish moss locally for quite sometime now and had almost given up until I saw the The Outlaw Gardener‘s green house ladened with spanish moss. This inspired me to keep searching. So, it is with great delight that I cross Spanish moss off my wish list. I plan to use the Semps to fill in my succulent wreath. IMG_0573



Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.


  1. Adorablest

    So many pretty things!

    13 . May . 2015
  2. Stacie

    It looks amazing inside. I think I’ve driven past this place a few times but haven’t gone in. I’ll definitely check it out next time.

    11 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Definitely visit when you get the chance, Stacie.

      12 . May . 2015
  3. dellob

    Hi..Wish I could find a nice place like that to go to regroup some days or just to get out of the house away from my plants. I live in the country now and love it. We moved into our home on July 4th last year so I haven’t met a lot of people yet…Enjoy your new found place to go….

    11 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thanks dellob, I’m glad I found it too. It must have been exciting moving into a new home. Did you end up with more space or less for your plants? I’ll be hopefully moving in a couple of months too and can’t wait to see where all the plants will go.

      11 . May . 2015

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