The Hidden Histories of Houseplants


A vibrant, intriguing and unmissable history of some of the most popular houseplants

ISBN: 9781784884055 Author: Bailey, Maddie Publisher: Hardie Grant Books Publication Date: 11th November 2021 Imprint: Hardie Grant Books Cover: Hardback Dewey: 635.965 (edition:23) Pages: 160 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

The Hidden Histories of Houseplants explores 20 of the world’s most common houseplants.

This book isn’t just a dry exploration of historical cultivation; the narrative explores the plants’ places in social history, science and culture, showcasing the most fascinating elements of each plant’s story, be it the exploration as to why Monstera deliciosa have holes in their leaves, whether houseplants have the ability to count, or why Calathea leaves open during the day and close up at night.

Accompanied by stunning illustrations, each text takes the reader on a journey through time, history and culture, told by the most universally binding objects in our homes from London to Beijing – houseplants.

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