Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant

Andrews McMeel. Sept. 2022. 6:14 hrs. ISBN 9781524877125. $59.99. GARDENING
Plant aficionados will delight in the entertaining history behind their favorite houseplants while learning some botanical tips along the way. From the Neolithic age to the tulip craze to social media, Williams (Killer Plants) explores when plants first started living indoors as companions and shares how they have evolved (and disappeared) over the centuries. Greenhouses, terrariums, and fertilizers have all brought forth new waves of indoor garden enthusiasts. Through the centuries gardening fads may have changed, but humans seem to have long loved greening up their indoor space in new and innovative ways. Narrated by the author herself, this audiobook is a delightful listen, though having the physical book may be handy for those who have trouble spelling the scientific name of the plants mentioned and for seeing the illustrations. The end of the book contains leafy legacy botanical activities for listeners to do, from bonsai trees to hanging plants and terracotta pots. All the gardening tips tie back in with the previously discussed houseplants.
VERDICT Part microhistory, part tips and tricks, this book is ideal for beginners and experts alike. A great read for all those who love their flora.
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