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Once Upon a Windowsill: A History of Indoor Plants Paperback – January 14, 2009

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Tovah Martin emerged from twenty-five years working at Logee’s Greenhouses with a serious houseplant addiction. Author of the classics The Unexpected Houseplant, The New Terrarium, and Tasha Tudor’s Garden, Tovah has written more than a dozen gardening books. She served as garden editor for Victoria magazine throughout its lifetime. In addition, her articles appear in a broad range of magazines and periodicals, including Country Gardens, Garden Design, Coastal Home, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Connecticut magazine, Yankee, The Litchfield County Times, and The Daily Telegraph. For two years she served as segment producer and frequent guest on the PBS television series Cultivating Life, and she is a repeat guest on the CBS Sunday Early Show. Tovah teaches houseplant cultivation to Master Gardeners and lectures extensively throughout the country. An accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, Tovah gardens fanatically and organically both indoors and throughout her seven-acre Connecticut garden. In addition to bestowing their Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement on Tovah in 2008, The Garden Club of America and the Litchfield Garden Club awarded her honorary memberships. People, Places, Plants magazine called her “one of the top 10 most influential educators in gardening” and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society honored her with its Gold Medal “for extraordinary service to horticulture, especially greenhouses and indoor plants.” 


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (January 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,112,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FANTASTIC book! I couldn't put it down. Incredible stories of the unusual way people early on thought about houseplants, how they pampered and coddled them, the wonderful history of plant collectors, the purpose of 'Victorian parlors' where many of the exotic plants were displayed, alongside other treasures, to impress guests. This is a must read for all plant lovers and a wonderful introduction to the love of plants by those who don't have green thumbs. Yet!
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By Andrew Andrew on February 10, 2014
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Lots of non-houseplant history, which is annoying. Plenty of plant history too though. There aren't any competitors so it's worth it.
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By D on September 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Anything by Tovah Martin is worth having on your keeper shelf!
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