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Potted History



There is no shortage of books on how to look after houseplants but no one has shown us how and 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 why, as Flanders and Swann sung in the 1950s, ‘the garden’s full of furniture / and the house is full of plants.’ In this fascinating book we learned how potted plants are as much subject to fashion as pieces of furniture.

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