Best Of 2018

Best Place to Buy a Planter: Fern

Located in a converted gas station, Fern offers minimal, modern and nature-inspired items. Find a carefully curated selection of unique hand-thrown pottery, apothecary items, P.F. Candle Co. goodies, artsy plant publications and more, along with a curated assortment of beautiful, thriving plants — including shop-made kokedamas (Japanese-style moss balls), air plants and the hippest plant of the moment: pilea peperomioides. The “design and flora” shop was also the only independent shop listed on the TODAY Show’s list of the “7 best places to buy planters for your home.” The list-making planters include those from local ceramicists, Uashmama bags and bowls with wood stands. In addition to buying, you can also do some learning: Recurring classes cover pursuits like floral arranging, calligraphy and watercolors. Fern, 6040 Hamilton Ave., North College Hill, fern-shop.com.