Author(s): Catherine Horwood
There are plenty of books on how to look after houseplants, but until now no one has written about why and when plants came to be found in the home - and the fashions that swung from the aspidistra in the Victorian drawing room to the orchid in the designer loft. Catherine Horwood explores the role of houseplants and cut flowers in the home and has brilliantly combined social history, plant history and the history of interior design. This book explores the changing role of houseplants in the home. Social history, plant history and the history of interior design are brilliantly combined. It is illustrated with drawings, prints, watercolours, oils and photographs - some quirky and amusing, others beautiful and sumptuous.