Meet Lai-Chung Houlihan

Meet Lai-Chung Houlihan

Garden Designer • Sprout Home

Lai-Chung Houlihan is Sprout Home's garden designer. Which means exactly what it sounds like: she designs gardens, (inside and outside) across Brooklyn and beyond. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Burlingame, CA, Lai-Chung eventually came east seeking an escape from her small-town California upbringing. After moving to New York in 1999, studying Fine Art Drawing at Pratt in pristine Fort Greene was enough to make her a dedicated Brooklyn resident, and she's lived here ever since.

On the way to Green-Wood Cemetery, Lai-Chung talked about her lack of experience with gardening prior to joining the Sprout Home team. Except for when we got to Sprout, she named every tree, plant, flower. Not with arrogance, but just energy that comes from someone who knows and loves what they're talking about. 

Lai-Chung is an artist with both plants and paint. Floral themes. Focus on the female role in society. The art-creation process itself, all culminates here.

With her vast knowledge of plants and their needs, an eye for horticultural beauty, and an impressive ability to translate her client's ideas into complete installations, Lai-Chung has helped Sprout Home become a Williamsburg institution. 


Interview: Madeline Turner

Photography: Jasmine Kim

BWOB x Sprout Home

Kokedama Class

June 28th 

Sprout Home, 44 Grand St., BKLYN

RSVP to Space is limited.

Here at By Way of Brooklyn, we have a long history of loving Sprout Home and everything they do with plant and flower design. When the team put out their guide to creative indoor plant design in April, Rooted in Design, we knew it was time for a collaboration, so we're giving our readers a chance to learn from the best! Kokedama are balls of moss (often hung from the ceiling) that are easy to make and add an earthy vibe to any room. Send your RSVPs to and snag your spot! Space is extremely limited so please email us as soon possible.