Indoor Green: Living with Plants

Bree Claffey, photos by Lauren Bamford. Thames & Hudson, $39.95 (206p) ISBN 978-0-500-50053-8
Melbourne-based horticulturist Claffey opens novice and expert gardeners up to a practice of indoor gardening that is an exercise in understanding elements of interior design and in mastering “botanical precision.” Influenced strongly by interior planting schemes she encountered while visiting Japan, the author integrates a strong element of the artistic power of having plants in one’s living space, not only for the beauty of it but also for the tranquility and reflection—maybe even contemplation—that naturally arise as a result. The goal is to create “verdant interior scenes.” Color photographs accompany the chapters, which tour the homes and work spaces of an eclectic mix of international indoor gardeners alongside insightful interviews, highlighting the gardeners’ techniques and hints for cultivation as well as how they approach the key elements of indoor gardening: design, lighting, plant density, care. This enlivening exploration will inspire even the most timid of indoor plant lovers, providing a fresh look at an affordable type of gardening that both beautifies a home and expands the soul. Color photos. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/19/2016
Release date: 01/01/2017
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