The Olive Tree Market stallholders were in Maitland on Saturday

The Olive Tree Market were on again at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.

There was plenty on offer just in time for Mother’s Day.

Take a look at all the photos in the gallery above. 

In the lead up to the markets journalist Belinda-Jane Davis talked to some stallholders, read the article below

EARLIER REPORT

It’s an easy interior design element that won’t have you surrounded by a bunch of materials and tools.

Indoor plants are the thing to have in your home right now – and incorporating them into your life, even if you lack a green thumb, is simple. 

That is, if you choose the right type.

Plant enthusiasts – and owners of Maitland-based Desert Sunday Collective – Amanda and Andrew Marsh are helping to match people with the right plant.

They specialise in indoor plants, succulents and cacti. 

The products have become so popular with young people that they now supply to the Central Coast and Sydney. 

“We felt there was a real need to sell plants locally and everyone wants indoor plants now,” Mrs Marsh said. 

“Even though they are trendy people are enjoying the connection with nature.”

The couple will have their range at the Olive Tree Market when it comes to Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Saturday between 9am and 2pm. 

“We’re second-generation plant growers and we wanted to go to the people, instead of having a shop front, and Olive Tree is a good opportunity to do that,” Mrs Marsh said. 

“Green Hills is developing and we have all of these big shopping centres but we still need to support local business.”

So what’s the secret to keeping an indoor plant alive?

Mrs Marsh admits there is a technique, but says its easy for anyone to master with a little dedication.

“We encourage people to monitor the plant for the first few weeks – things like heat, air and winter affect the plant. 

“We ask them to give it some water and keep checking it to see when it needs some more. We have plants that need water a little more frequently as well as ones that don’t need a lot of water.”

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