Teacher Spotlight: Laura Freeman

The time is *almost* here...our first class! Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

So, here are four questions to help get to know our first instructor, Laura Freeman from Planted Pots.



How did you get started with Planted Pots?

My inspiration for Planted Pots was a mix between my love of plants, wanting to own my own business, and also being able to give back to my community. I first got started with Planted Pots by volunteering through a foundation at my job and I ended up with an idea that would not only quench my thirst for working with plants, but also be able to give our customers something to look forward to when they came in to do their daily business.

The idea quickly caught on and soon I was selling plant arrangements made up of mostly customer and co-worker donated containers, pots, and different kinds of plants. Along the way I learned so much about different kinds of indoor plants and was able to experiment with several plant varieties, soils, and care techniques. Once the volunteering season commenced, I decided to turn this into a part-time business that doubles as a hobby.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

Chattanooga has so many opportunities springing up all over town for entrepreneurs like myself. One of many opportunities comes in the form of the Chattanooga Market which is currently one of the largest outdoor markets in the United States and brings vendors and artisans from as far away as Nashville and Atlanta.

I also love that we have a "real" aquarium that rivals even the Atlanta Aquarium. Currently, I am a volunteer with the Tennessee Aquarium in their Horticulture Department. The perks of volunteering at our aquarium is that I only work one to two days per month, caring for tropical plants. I also have a front row seat to many of the awesome creatures.

What's one topic you'd like to learn from The Chattery?

I would love to see some learning opportunities geared toward learning languages. Languages take time to learn, however, practice is one of the most important ways to learn. Many college level classes are really fast paced and don't leave a lot of room for practicing speech with other individuals.

Along the same lines, I would also really like to get involved in teaching English as a second language to those in our community that just need a little practice.

What's something someone would be surprised to learn from you?

I'm originally from California and would love to get back into surfing again!


Check out Laura's class, Build a Basic Terrarium this Wednesday, March 5th at Chattanooga WorkSpace.