Nature is one of the most multi-faceted sources of inspiration that exist on our planet: endlessly complex yet simple, exciting and unique but also calming and unpretentious. How incredible—that there is a way we can bring a piece of this nature into our own four walls. But the cultivation of house plants does not always prove to be easy. With many plants there are special peculiarities that should be considered.
In 1899, the German botanist Udo Dammer wrote down his knowledge of the ins and outs of different houseplants and published the book called Zimmerblattpflanzen. Since completing his studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart Benjamin Wurster has been deeply interested in exploring the topic of inspiration. So when he accidentally came across a copy of this encyclopedia 120 years later, Benjamin had the idea of a modern version of this book including every plant illustration as well as the original German texts translated into English for the first time.
Leafy House Plants includes all the original 1899 texts and pictures, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the whole project with thoughts on plants, art, and inspiration. The heart of the book is made up of the 46 beautifully detailed plant illustrations from the original publication. These as well as other original content are supplemented by an overview of all plant names and miniatures of the original book pages.