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Check It Out: The Inspired Houseplant by Jen Stearns


This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today I’m recommending The Inspired Houseplant by Jen Stearns. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’m gardening challenged. I just don’t have a natural green thumb when it comes to being a plant mom. I’ve even managed to kill succulents. Succulents, plants that are practically drought proof and perfect for struggling gardeners, except me. Yet through it all I haven’t given up hope that I might someday be able to successfully keep a plant alive. As we move further into spring when the air gets warmer and the days get longer. It makes me want to plant something. I must be a true glutton for punishment to even think about putting myself anywhere near a nice healthy plant again. But when I saw The Inspired Houseplant I figured it was fate and time for me to try again. This book is the ultimate go-to guide for inspiring indoor gardeners like myself. It provides easy to follow advice and thankfully it’s full of pictures that not only supply gorgeous design inspiration, but aid in understanding of the instructions. There’s something for everyone in this book. You’ll be tempted to thumb through this book again and again both for resource and relaxation. The four sections of the book are Plant Basics, Plant Guide, Plant Projects and Plant Style. Plant Basics helps me to further my understanding of plant care information, Plant Guide profiles many popular indoor plants, I found fun DIY options with major wow factor in the Plant Project section and in Plant Style I read about interesting ways to use plants to complement interior design for every style ranging from Desert Boho to Midcentury Modern. Check out The Inspired Houseplant and other engaging gardening guides like it at the Sioux City Public Library. For even more book recommendations subscribe to our podcast The First Fifty Pages. Available on Google Play, Stitcher and iTunes.

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