Cool Cactus, the first business for Naomi Burd, who has a background in floristry, is a quaint, whitewashed space where the plants pop out – predominantly the cacti.
The store, which is tucked away on a street off Glenferrie Road, also sells succulents and large plants ideal for the office, bedrooms or living spaces.
Burd delves into the symbolism of each plant as opposed to merely seeing it as filling space or providing a splash of green. For instance, the “Old Man of the Andes” (a cactus native to Mexico) is a perfect gift for a grandfather, because it’s coated in coarse white hair like an elderly man (which it grows to protect itself from sunlight).
Cool Cactus also sells homewares, artworks, pots and interior-decoration books. You’ll find brass plant–shaped mobiles from US sculptor Natalie Joy and threaded wall artwork from Melbourne-based textile artist Tammy Kanat. Burd is constantly on the hunt for new pieces, so the offering rotates.
Cool Cactus is located right next to a car park for easy transfer of plants. For larger items, it offers a courier service.