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Anne Helen Petersen

The Age of Houseplants

16 mins | Mar 10, 2022
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They’re a current staple of decor in modern living, but it wasn’t always this way. Inspired by rewatching The Age of Innocence and noticing the incredible amount of houseplants it features, Anne Helen Petersen hit the history books. In this instalment of Culture Study, she explores how the humble houseplant plant started as a display of colonial control before turning into horticultural hysteria in the 19th century. The 20th century saw the madness calm, so what triggered the extreme plant revival of recent years? Here, she reveals all.
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