About Us

Welcome to Yaga Botanica, a female-founded home-based business that connects you to the gems of tropical jungles while fostering a deeper connection to the community! 

I'm Lauren, the curious soul behind this botanical journey. My passion for the extraordinary has not only led me to explore the realms of reptiles, arachnids, and oddities but has also woven a rich tapestry of global connections and meaningful experiences. I love feel-good moments, the warm & fuzzies, and have been noted to "have something in my eye" during big experiences haha! 

For awhile there, I was lost in the identity of motherhood and had no real connection back to myself. I had always loved plants but wasn't sure I had what it took to sell plants in an already thriving community. Reconnecting back to things I loved led me to vending and meeting my now best of friends, Erynn and Freya. Because of them, I took the leap to explore retailing plants & I haven't regretted a moment of it. It's been the most amazing experience for me, & I've made some wonderful relationships with international growers. These connections aren't just business transactions, but it's kinda hard to explain! It's through these connections that I've gained insights into different cultures and horticultural practices, expanding my worldview and enriching my botanical offerings. My exporters share their more than their planty-wisdom, they share their life with me: updating me on their trip and even sending me photos of their pets! 

One such meaningful connection was when they surprised me with a thoughtful graduation gift when I completed university. It's gestures like these that remind me of the genuine human connections at the heart of what I do. 

At Yaga Botanica, I believe in using our passion for plants to make a positive impact beyond our borders. That's why we host fundraisers for non-profit organizations, channeling our love for nature into meaningful contributions to causes we care about. Don't even get me started on the stories I receive in my messages about the impact some of these charities have had on members of our community. You all open up to me about the most sensitive topics dear to your heart, and I couldn't be more grateful for the connections I've made through plants of all things! 

Every aspect of Yaga Botanica is thoughtfully curated, from the plants we source to the tables we rent for our Naturecore Expo. We prioritize supporting home-based small businesses, fostering a community-driven ethos that extends root to leaf.

Speaking of Naturecore Expo, it's not just an event; it's a celebration of our shared love for the unusual and the beautiful. From captivating plant displays to engaging workshops, each detail is crafted to inspire, educate, and connect like-minded individuals from near and far. Remember Freya I mentioned earlier?? Naturecore is the joint passion that we've built together as a way to unite our community to beautiful, nature-inspired, local artists. Year over year it has grown beyond our imagination now hosting so many vendors who call it home. 

Join us on this botanical adventure, where every plant tells a story, every connection is cherished, and every contribution makes a difference. Let's cultivate something extraordinary together. 

Grow boldly,
Lauren & the Yaga Botanica family