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Copy of Grow That #Garden Library (3)

Today's book recommendation: Living Decor by Maria Colletti

This book came out in March of 2019 - so earlier this year. The subtitle is Plants, Potting and DIY Projects - Botanical Styling with Fiddle-Leaf Figs, Monsteras, Air Plants, Succulents, Ferns, and More of Your Favorite Houseplants.

Botanical styling is all the rage - even Pottery Barn is offering permanent pots and stems to help lead this trend.

The blogger Kendal Morgan Hall, wrote in her review of this book:

"[Living Decor] is filled with gorgeous pictures...The colour scheme in this book is vibrant. It shows how plants can warm up a minimalistic decorated living space."

 Kendall's review is spot on.

I wanted to read a little excerpt to help you get to know the author a little better. Her name is Maria Colletti and she spent 13 years working at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) retail shop. Here's what she wrote in one of the first sections of her book called "Where I Found My Green Life":

"In 2003 I continued my schooling it in YBG, chiseling my green skills as shop manager of the shop in the garden. I learned so much working as a garden retailer in a place that educates daily and what it means to love plants.

We bought, sold, displayed, and cared for our plant inventory. We watched the garden evolve throughout the seasons, which was, on many days, just breathtaking: The white Korean dogwood trees at the entrance of the rose garden, or the perennial garden outside the Enid A. Haupt to Conservatory in summer.

How lucky am I? I intended never to waste this privilege but instead utilize it to the best of my abilities. This is how I discovered my garden lifestyle and brought all the elements together."


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