A Bit About Us.


Bark & Vine started as an Instagram page in 2017 by Luis and Ralph to share their gardening experiences as new plant parents and homeowners. They wanted their adventure to be a journal for all who constantly say “I can't keep a plant alive” to remind them that green thumbs are earned, not gifted.

With their dog Coco playing and barking while they were in the garden gave them the idea for the name, Bark & Vine. Their new home quickly filled with houseplants as they naturally brought their passion and knowledge of outdoor gardening indoors. “Barks and vines? It must be home!” They recently adopted a new dog named Moss. He has definitely joined Coco with the loud barks in the garden and unfortunately enjoys munching on their houseplants.

Fast forward to a few years later, Ralph & Luis found themselves at home during the pandemic. Their free time during quarantine was spent in the garden learning how to grow all different types of plants and vegetables while cultivating their passion for gardening. One evening, Luis proposed the idea to Ralph about opening a plant shop. With Ralph’s background in retail and design and Luis’ handy work and entrepreneurial mindset became the perfect pairing that jump started Bark & Vine from the pages of Instagram to a full pledged plant business in a matter of months.

The business opened up as an online shop during the height of the pandemic in August 2020 and later moved to a brick and mortar space in New Haven, CT in February 2021. Bark & Vine quickly became a destination spot for plant lovers where they can find easy-care plants to start their plant journey all the way to more unique and uncommon plants for the plant collectors near and far.

Just as the vine grasp the bark of the tree in order to grow, houseplants rely on us to thrive in our indoor jungle.

Olivia, Shop Supervisor (She/They)

A transplant of Boston and a recent graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Olivia is a full time artist concentrating in paper making and illustration. Check out their work over at Eyes in Equinox.

Evie, Shopkeeper (She/Her)

Originally from Oklahoma, Evie recently moved to New Haven in 2023 along with her 30+ house plants. Her other passion is dance, and she has a BFA in modern dance. In her free time she enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and showing her boyfriend her new plants.

Erin, Shopkeeper (She/Her)

When Erin is not slinging plants at Bark & Vine you can find her at home with her two cats Harley & Bagheera and her growing collection of plants & crystals. She loves old movies, ballet, and painting.


We are always accepting inquiries. If you're interested in joining our jungle, send your resume at hello@barkandvineshop.com. Please include your weekly availability.