Cover Photo: The Lego Group 2020

Finally, plants you can't accidentally kill

One of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lack of outdoor activities and in-person human interaction that ensued is that many of us have quickly sprouted green fingers. In fact, gardening tools were among the top non-essential items Malaysians were spending on during the thick of the movement control order (MCO), according to a Vase.ai survey.

Be it to curb boredom while being confined to their homes or growing their own edible plants, gardening will continue to trend as searches for 'indoor plants', 'buy plants', 'plant delivery', 'names for plants', 'my plant is dying', and 'how to revive plants' continue to rise, according to Google.

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However, as quickly as some budding plant experts have discovered that these greens can provide bonding and recreational opportunities amid lockdown boredom and despair, they also learned that not everyone is green-thumbed. Fortunately, there's a good, bright, and blooming alternative.

Lego has revealed a new range of mindful models for the aspiring green fingers and botanical lovers, the decorative Botanical Collection. With a stunning Flower Bouquet and an adorable Bonsai Tree, hobbyists can now tinker with modular blocks and add a bit of zen in their space without risking the 'plants' dying because they don't need to be watered to stay fresh.

“As adults look for new ways to switch off and relax, we're delighted to be able to help them seek solace from their busy everyday lives as they immerse themselves in creating these beautiful botanical builds," said Jamie Berard, Lego group design leader. "The customisable elements and mindful building experience will hopefully help them express their personality as their creativity blossoms."

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As apt reflection of the theme, the Lego Botanical collection uses a number of plant-derived plastic elements made from sustainable sugar cane.

Surprise a friend or gift yourself some self-love with a beautiful Lego Flower Bouquet, the gift that will keep on giving since it won't wilt. The 756-piece set features lush peonies, asters, snapdragons, poppies, daisies, and different grass which you can customise to your liking. Boasting Lego elements with new colours and shapes to perfectly recreate petals, it even has adjustable stems so it's easy to tailor the arrangement to fit in any vase and can be designed to be over 36cm high.

If mastering the art of bonsai has always been on your bucket list but you don't want to risk killing a tree, the Lego Bonsai Tree has got your aspiration covered.

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Enjoy a sense of calm as you carefully shape the bonsai tree model, an art that has captured the imaginations of tree lovers for centuries. The 878-piece Lego Bonsai Tree building kit comes with either green leaves or pink cherry blossoms so you can easily swap the coloured crowns when the season starts to turn. If you look closely, you may even make out the cute little frogs hidden in the petals of the cherry blossoms.

The set comes with a rectangular flowerpot and a slatted wood-effect pedestal, allowing you to create a pretty display piece to take pride of place in any home or office.

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The Lego Botanical Collection is available through Lego’s official store on Lazada and Shopee, in Legoland, as well as major retailers and department stores in Malaysia.