How Not to Kill Your Plants

Martyn White

Posted on July 17 2017

Nik Southern is ready with advice on how to not kill your plants in her new book.

All of us know that a plant in the home can completely transform a space, adding a connection to nature whilst softening the lines of your home. Plants also have lots of other benefits, from cleaning the air to even making us more compassionate as people. The difficulty however is something that we have all gone though, and that is keeping a pant alive. Whilst many of us shop for plants that look good, we need to shop for plants that can live in the spaces we have for them. Luckily, the wonderful Nik Southern from Grace & Thorn has just completed a fantastic book to help establish what plants are suitable for different spaces and how to keep them alive. Launching the book at an exciting event, I had the great pleasure of attending to find out more.

How not to kill your plants book launch event How not to kill your plants advice bookFloral Display at Grace and Thorn

Surrounded by gorgeous flowers at their store on Brick Lane, guests arrived to the buzz of music and the pouring of some very impressive floral cocktails, the perfect fit for the subject of flowers and plants. Having the opportunity to tour the store, I was impressed to discover the range of plants, care items and other fun and quirky products available to purchase. It is safe to say, if you want it or think its pretty, Grace & Thorn will have it. Proudly displayed at the entrance was the focus of the evenings celebrations, stacks of Nik Southern's "How Not to Kill Your Plants" book, surrounded and decorated by the wonderful plants featured in the book that we will now be able to care for responsibly. Making it my goal of the evening, I managed to pick a book up and get it signed before they disappeared altogether. Safe with the knowledge my book had been wrapped and stored away in my bag, it was time to enjoy the evening's events, full of dancing and socialising amongst the plant lovers and supporters. 

Nik Southern launching book How not to kill your plantsLaunch event of How not to kill your plants Beautiful purple flower on display at Grace and Thorn

The book is a fantastic read and has such a personal perspective to it. Advice is realistic, humorous and from the heart. It was so good that I found myself reading about plants that I never wish to care for, I just wanted to find out more, a true example of great writing. What I loved about this book over others is that the advice is not generic. Southern understands that everyone is different and the same plant in one home will be treated differently to another elsewhere. Advice is given in a way that it allows you to evaluate your home, your ability to care for a plant and where the plant would naturally come from in nature. With all these things in mind, there really is no excuse not to pick the perfect plant and give it all the love and attention that it needs, or does not need in some cases.

Exotic flower cocktailsGrace and Thorn Store BricklaneHow not to kill your plants book launch

Even for people that consider themselves green fingered, myself included, there will be surprises, advice and experiences that will be of great help when it comes to the world of plants. With great advice, wonderful photography and a wicked sense of humour, How Not to Kill Your Plants is a top recommendation from me and I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend the launch. The book can be purchased directly from the Grace & Thorn website via the link. One book down, I am looking forward to seeing what is next from this incredible and talented "agony plant" Nik Southern.


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