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Bloom Lunchtime Talk | Houseplants: From Wild to Windowsill (and Where to Next)


Houseplant Festival Talk | Clore Learning Space
Sunday 29 September | 1pm – 2pm

Seats are limited, so please do register to attend this talk and guarantee your spot. Please note you will still need to purchase a festival entry ticket on the door if you are not a pre-sale ticket holder.

How did shelves, desks and floors around the world come to be topped with a pot of something green and (hopefully) growing? What can houseplants’ native environments reveal about their likes, dislikes and quirks? And what about their future – as fashions change, will we move on from our monsteras? Join founder of Bloom magazine Zena Alkayat and a panel of esteemed guests for this wide-ranging talk that explores how houseplants came in from the outdoors, and what’s next for our domesticated foliage.


Zena Alkayat
Zena is the founder of Bloom, a seasonal magazine for gardeners, plant admirers and nature lovers that’s packed with practical projects, an exploration of the natural world and a celebration of all green spaces. www.bloommag.co.uk / @bloom_the_magazine

Catherine Horwood
Dr Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for plants and gardens. She is the author of Beth Chatto: A Life With Plants (Pimpernel Press), Gardening Women (Virago) and Potted History: The Story of Plants in the Home (Frances Lincoln). @catherine_horwood

Jess Snowball
Coming from a family of horticulturists, Jess fell in love with tropical and temperate flora during an internship at Chester Zoo. She trained at Kew Gardens before taking her current role as Glasshouse Manager at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Jess also writes a column on houseplants for Gardens Illustrated. @jess.snowball

Anna Greenland
Anna is at the heart of the organic growing movement. For over a decade she has grown the highest quality organic food for star chefs Raymond Blanc, Tom Aikens and Jamie Oliver. As Head Gardener at Soho Farmhouse, Anna created the vegetable, fruit and herb gardens from scratch, and is currently setting up her own market garden in Suffolk. @annagreenland

Maya Thomas
A cook, writer and herbologist (Dip RBGE), Maya has worked in herb and kitchen gardens the across the UK, including at Weleda and the Chelsea Physic Garden. She’s given talks for The Slow Food Movement, Soho FarmHouse and Thyme Cookery School, and runs herbal workshops around the country. @themodernherbal

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