ISSUE 84  |  Summer Gardens in the City

An Artist’s Avocado Project in Belgium

August 05, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Hermine van Dijck, a textile artist whose studio is a mix of indoor plants and tangled thread, sprouts avocado pits and nurtures them as house plants until they’re large enough to transplant in her nearby community garden.

We visited van Dijck’s Belgian flat recently on Remodelista (see Atelier Visit With a Belgian Textile Artist). To learn more about her gardening life, visit her blog, Dagboek van Dagen, where she documents the process of spouting avocado pits into full plants.


Above: Van Dijck profiles the three stages of sprouting avocados.


Above: Three wooden picks with colored circle accents hold the avocado pits at the surface of the water.


Above: The experiment begins to germinate.


Above: Of the avocado project, van Dijck says, “I love the growing process of plants, so my house is always filled with greenery.”


Above: Here a small avocado plant is ready to decorate the studio.


Above: Her nearby community garden garden features a greenhouse and outdoor plots where van Dijck grows tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, and of course, small avocado trees.

Some might say that Alexa is obsessed with sprouting things on the countertop. For evidence, see DIY: An Easy Way to Grow Celery From Its Root.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published on September 21, 2012.