Indoor Jungles: The Story of the Houseplant

Illustration of a Strelitzia 'Bird of Paradise' plant

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They adorned ancient temples and now fill our feeds – plant love is in the air!

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed to September 2022. Existing tickets will be valid for the new event and ticketholders will be contacted once a new date is announced.

The humble houseplant has a long and fascinating history, from medieval gillyflower cultivation through Victorian fern-fever to the renaissance of macramé.

In our increasingly urban lives, these green houseguests give us a vital connection to nature, improve our well-being and stir aesthetic obsessions. Houseplants are a social, cultural and economic sensation, both hyper-local and global; from clippings exchanged between friends to the billion-dollar flower industry. Expert guides on care and maintenance fill our shelves and ‘green content’ bursts from our social media feeds.

Discover the intimate and ancient history of houseplants with our self-confessed panel of #plantaddicts and get ready to show off your own indoor jungles by sending us your pictures.

With Mike Maunder, whose new book House Plants, tells how they were transformed from wild plants into members of our households.

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Mike Maunder is a conservationist and has worked on plant and ecosystem conservation in the UK, USA, Middle East and Africa. He trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and University of Reading. He is Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, University of Cambridge. He is the author of House Plants (Reaktion, 2022).

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Name: Indoor Jungles: The Story of the Houseplant
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Online Full Price: £5.00
Online Member: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546