Houseplants by Design with Tovah Martin

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You want houseplants, you need houseplants – but do you really utilize houseplants to their fullest potential? In this virtual lecture filled with photos and inspiration from my own massive collection of houseplants, we explore some of the easiest, most rewarding houseplants appropriate for all types of home situations and varying window exposures. We talk about what to grow where and how to host houseplants. But we also add another layer. Beyond your usual practical presentation, here’s ideas for profiling your plants beautifully and artistically. Your houseplant could be so much more than just the green blob in the corner. We talk about design principles and how they relate to houseplants. We discuss ways to pair houseplants and profile them meaningfully to work with your décor. We present containers that really make your houseplants shine with personality. And of course, we tell you exactly how to host and care for houseplants so they work for you. Your habitat needs houseplants—why not do it with panache?

An avid (verging on obsessed) gardener indoors and outside, Tovah Martin is the author of many gardening books. Her newly published title, The Garden in Every Sense and Season received GardenComm’s Gold Medal Media Award in 2019. That book follows The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, and The New Terrarium as well as Tasha Tudor’s Garden. A freelance writer, her articles have appeared in publications throughout the country including Country Home, Traditional Home, Martha Stewart Living, New England Home, Flower, Cottage Journal, Milieu, Yankee, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens as well as Gardens Illustrated and The Daily Telegraph in Europe and Morning Calm—the Korean Airlines inflight magazine. She is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and the recipient of their medal for outstanding literary achievement. In 2013, she received the Gustav Mehlquist Award—the highest honor bestowed by the Connecticut Horticultural Society. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, PBS television series and the CBS Sunday Early Show as well as many other television and radio broadcasts. She speaks throughout the country and has lectured aboard the QE2. With lifelong experience with indoor gardening, she also serves as a houseplant coach. For more information, Tovah can be found at and she posts on Facebook at Plantswise by Tovah Martin and on Instagram @tovah1.

This program is a collaboration between the Scarsdale and Dobbs Ferry Public Libraries. 

It will not be recorded. 

Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link approximately one hour before the start of the event.