US (TX): Hoyas bring joy to grower Rhiannon Spaw of Burnet

At the end of a long dirt road in Burnet lies an Asian paradise maintained by Rhiannon Spaw, a horticulturist turned small business owner with a Texas-size green thumb. Inside her greenhouse, she cultivates a variety of hoyas, which are native to Southeast Asia and also known as wax plants, porcelain flowers, and wax vines.

“It is incredibly peaceful being in (the greenhouse),” Spaw said. “I can focus on these plants while everything else kind of washes away.”

Hoyas have become Spaw’s self-described obsession over the past few years. After caring for them inside her home for a while, she convinced her husband, Mario, to build a greenhouse so she could grow her hobby into something larger.

“Mario loves plants, too,” Spaw said. “It’s good, too, because if he didn’t, I’d probably annoy him by talking about plants all the time. It’s amazing to see how our relationship has evolved over the past ten years. I would have never imagined we’d be on this journey together.”


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