Taming the Potted Beast

Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant by Molly Williams with illustrations by Ellie Hajdu

Title:  Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant
Author: Molly Williams
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing 
Genre:  Home & Garden 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 226
Date of US Publication: 13 September, 2022
My Rating:  3.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

Very fun title, perfect for middle school and up beginning gardeners, or anyone interested in a basic history of somewhat domesticated plants or of an overview look at house plants (whether in the home or garden), historically as well as present day, ethical plant sourcing, and a really nice index on further reading about specific plants or methods you might be interested in learning more about. 

eARC kindly provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


The colorful, peculiar history of the houseplantfrom ancient Rome to Victorian England to Instagrama botanical adventure full of histrionic highs, devastating lows, and sensational turning points along the way.
From the hanging gardens of Babylon to that fiddle-leaf fig in your living room, houseplants have been humanity's companions for a millennia. 
Taming the Potted Beast explores the history of our air-purifying friends with an entertaining narrative of the peculiar, often dramatic story of the cultivation and domestication of the not-so-humble houseplant.

Including entertaining historical vignettes, DIY plant projects, and accessible tips and tricks for caring for your own historical houseplant collection, this book has any plant-curious reader covered. Readers will come away with practical projects, expert advice, and an understanding of the historical significance of houseplants as well as an appreciation of the cultures from which they emerged.

Both fascinating and fun, 
Taming the Potted Beast will take readers on exhilarating botanical adventure through the ages.


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