Potted History: How Houseplants Took Over Our Homes

There is no shortage of books on how to look after houseplants but what about how, when and why these plants came to be in our homes? Catherine Horwood's combination of social history, plant history and the history of interior design explains how potted plants are as much subject to fashion as pieces of furniture: for the Victorians, it was the aspidistra in the front parlour, the Edwardians loved a palm, and, for today's millennials, no home is complete without the ubiquitous fiddle-leaf fig.

Across the ages, the choice of potted plants has been influenced by the layout of houses, the levels of dirt and pollution and the equipment to hand. In the mid-18th century, Wedgwood created a market for special bulb pots and in the 1950s, some of Terence Conran's earliest designs were for houseplant containers.  Explore these fascinating themes and more in this insightful volume.

    Paperback, 176 pages
    19.6 x 1.8 x 12.8 cm

    Collections: Books, Botany, History, Humanities

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