Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Greening Up the Home; New Book Shows Non-Gardeners How It's Done

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Greening Up the Home; New Book Shows Non-Gardeners How It's Done

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Byline: Letea Cavander

DESPITE a colleague's dismay that a wine glass had been turned into a terrarium, even she conceded Isabelle Palmer's House Plants offered "inside" gardeners a number of solutions to deal with low light, little space and other quirks that come with apartment living. Palmer, who resides in London, is the founder of a website specialising in gardening techniques for urban dwellers craving greenery in their lives but without the space for a traditional garden.

She has also compiled some wonderful hints and tips in House Plants for gardeners who are beginners or green thumbs. From the best tools to work with when gardening with pot plants, terrariums and air plants, to how to water the plants if the resident leaves their apartment for a few days, the book is instructive and full of pretty photos.

Now, did I mention the air plants? For those who can kill a plant just by looking at it, this may be the best way forward. For the uninitiated, most air plants grow non-parasitically, Palmer says, on other plants, and derive nutrients from the air and rain. …

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