Grow with the Library

Off the Shelf - Fall 2021

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James Dickerson, West Toledo Circulation Supervisor, connects you with great books on the Library’s Instagram page: instagram.com/toledolibrary.

Grow with the Library

Before glorious fall colors give way to an Ohio winter, start planning to bring the magic of nature into your home to sustain you through the drearier months. In addition to adding beauty to your life, data indicate that keeping houseplants may have many benefits such as:

  • improving your mood
  • boosting productivity
  • reducing fatigue
  • decreasing stress
  • boosting healing
  • enhancing air quality

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Keep your houseplants thriving with Library books and our handy watering schedule.

Here are some Library titles to help you on your houseplant happiness journey:

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Practical houseplant book
By Fran Bailey

Learn how to choose which plants to use where, care for your houseplants to keep them healthy, and use plants to best effect in your home, with trusted advice, creative inspiration, strong visual aesthetic, and practical step-by-step detail

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Succulents at Home: Choosing, Growing, and Decorating with the Easiest Houseplants Ever
By John Tullock

It seems you can’t walk into any store without seeing a pretty pot of succulents. But if you want to keep those succulents looking great, you need this book. Expert gardener John Tullock provides care instructions for 75 varieties of succulents plus step-by-step instructions for repotting, propagating new succulents, and creating arrangements.

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How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged
By Veronica Peerless

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If you are worried that you have a “black thumb” instead of a “green thumb,” this book is for you. You may even figure out how to keep an African violet alive!

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The New Plant Parent
By Darryl Cheng

@houseplantjournal is the guy you allow yourself to follow on Instagram and YouTube after reading The New Plant Parent, a delicious companion for lovers of indoor house plants. The benefit of this title lies solely in the conversations he has with the reader. Topics such as house plant succession and understanding adjustment periods complement tips provided on commonly found plants and caring for them. It is the kind of book you carry from one room to the next—no lie! Plant owners looking to advance their understanding of light will dig his chapter on measuring it. I might not return this one! (KIDDING.) Local plant zaddies need this book!!

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Orchid Modern: Living and Designing with the World’s Most Elegant Houseplants
By Marc Hachadourian

Orchids have a reputation for being the most temperamental houseplants, so you don’t want to go it alone. Marc Hachadourian, curator of the orchid collection at the New York Botanical Garden, shares his secrets for successfully growing these sometimes finicky—but vibrant and beautiful—houseplants. You can decide if they are worth the effort!

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