It’s always such a treat for me to chat with Barbara because
she is a master in the garden and at the writing desk; she’s been
writing about gardening for over three decades.
Over the years, Barbara has gently guided so many folks on
their gardening path - offering advice on both indoor and
. When it comes to her celebrated
book, The Complete Houseplant Survival
, Booklist Review
praised that Barbara wrote,
"a monumentally comprehensive" guide.
Barbara’s book is expertly organized into three main
parts - two plant directories (one on blooming plants and
the other for foliage plants), and an in-depth encyclopedia of
houseplant care. Here are just a handful of comments
people have shared:
I took on the indoor atrium
and its plants at my church... and they are thriving thanks to this
I am a newbie with plants.
When we moved to our new home, the sellers left us a few of their
indoor plants ... This book was great.. helped us find what our
plants are and how to take care of them. We are positive that our
plants will live well.
I learned a lot about proper
watering, what to do with waterlogged plants, and how to get
certain plants to reproduce from shoots.
I would recommend this book,
it has basic info, water, fertilizing, type of propagation, trouble
shooting; and a big sec ion on everything you need to know on house
plants, from potting to nursing a sick plant; it even has a heart
felt section on how to say good-bye to a dead or terminal
I found this guide to have
excellent advice with heavy emphasis put on some of the things I
had been doing wrong from reading guides:
moving the plant
holding onto sickly plants in
hopes they will revive in a lush display of gratitude for your
patience (just toss it and get something else).
But it really covers the
specifics of how to propagate, how to handle pests, how to
troubleshoot intuitively, and so on in such a way that I stopped
fussing with the plants and found they were much healthier when I
wasn't stressing out so much. Learned a lot from this as a
When I get the chance to connect with Barbara, I
notice something that I don’t often experience when I
speak with gardening experts. I find myself caught in her
current. It’s not just that she’s ultra knowledgeable;
that’s always a must have when you’re speaking with an expert.
It’s that she’s honedher own
insights and opinions on all things horticulture and her
confidence (a byproduct of years of experience practicing
gardening) is something that I find infinitely
An award-winning, best-selling author, speaker, and passionate
gardener based in Floyd, Virginia, (right by the Blue Ridge
Parkway), Barbara's bio says this:
I have the greatest job in the world, which is helping
gardeners find neat ways to make the world a more beautiful and
productive place. It's also great fun to talk with fellow
gardeners, who are a constant source of new and better
Let’s learn How to Keep (not kill) our
Houseplants from someone I admire so very much
- Barbara Pleasant.
For my sign-off today, I leave you with this thought
to help you grow...
How can you bring more green into your home?
Do you have houseplants at your front door to greet
Can you start propagating some new plants to give as May
Day gifts to your friends and neighbors?
Spending some time each week tending houseplants is a form
of meditation that can decrease anxiety and increase your