How to Raise a Plant and Make It Love You Back


How to raise a plant and make it love you back, by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding, creators of the House Plant Club Instagram account, is a modern plant guide for a new generation of plant lovers. With an Instagram following of more than 600,000 the publisher of this book knew very well they had a built-in audience to make this plant guide a bestseller. But you don't get a following of fans like they have amassed without being acutely aware of what your audience wants and the knowledge about how to deliver it to them. The authors translate their social media savvy, love of plants, and talent communicating into this book which will reward those who choose to invest the time reading through its pages. 

A soft pink paperback cover greats those who pick-up this guide thus beginning a journey where the authors showcase their love of plants and make their case for the value of plant ownership. Insightful tips on how to choose the right houseplant for your space are followed by a section on the good and bad of buying plants online and you begin to get the feeling that this guide is particularly relevant for the modern plant shopper. (Spoiler: They urge readers to shop from stores that have dedicated staff who are knowledgeable and work with plants daily). Within the pages is a section that profiles thirteen of their "favorite" plants along with guidelines on their proper care. One welcome difference from other plant books is a section showcasing several DIY projects giving readers a roadmap to tackle one on their own. 

Our Take: We think this is a stand-out addition to the growing plant guide collection. This writing duo wisely incorporates excellent photography and charming illustrations to add visual storytelling to their text, which provides straightforward plant advice. Reading this book will make you feel like you are having a conversation with your best friend. It is a welcome addition to the plant guide collection with a broad appeal and valuable content.