We are extremely happy to have just received the first two copies of our debut book, and after months of wanting to share it with you all, we can finally reveal the front cover, as well as a few glimpses inside...
We created House of Plants as a stylish guide for anyone wanting to know more about how to nurture, display and share their favourite house plants, including popular tropical species such as the fiddle leaf fig and monstera, our pick of the hardiest air plants, and some of our all time quirkiest cacti and succulents.
Including information on each plant’s native habitat, ideal living conditions and common ailments, we wanted to help people learn why, how and when to tend to them, how to propagate and create new stock, and then identify the best spots in the home to display each one. The key for us was the phrase 'low maintenance'; by knowing the ideal places for each treasured plant, we hoped to help our customers create easy-to-care-for, and ultimately beautiful botanical displays in their living spaces.
We began the book at start of January, after hearing the incredible news from publishers Frances Lincoln that our proposal for a guide on caring for and styling our favourite indoor plants had been signed off, and that we had ourselves a book deal.
Since we started Ro Co two years ago, we have had many conversations with our similarly plant-obsessed customers and friends, many who told us they were keen to find out more about their the cacti, succulents and tropical plants. We feel more and more people are seeing living with plants as a way of life and of encouraging a sense of wellbeing, and we felt there was space for an inspiring guide to learning more about how to care for them in the home environment.
Our research began at Kew’s historic archive of books on botany, and many mornings at the British Library pouring over stacks of retro indoor plant styling guides. With our customers in mind, we researched everything from best practices in watering to different methods of propagation and pruning. We sought out environmentally sound compost recipes, homebrewed organic nettle fertilisers, and put together a range of creative DIY projects to share inside the book, such as a lightweight concrete pot, hanging planter, and tropical terrarium.
At the same time, we began searching for locations to shoot with our brilliant photographer and friend Erika Raxworthy, commissioned illustrations with the talented Alicia Galer, and organised handmade props for the styling of each interior setting. We managed to bring together a group of talented local makers from around the UK, including woodworkers, ceramicists, prop-makers and garden tool designers. We found, we borrowed, we traded. We cast concrete pots and made trips to the best plant specialists in England. After six months, we finally finished.
House of Plants will be published on the 5th November, with our launch party on Thursday the 3rd of November at Tiosk on Broadway Market in Hackney, London. We will be signing copies of the book, selling our latest products, and there will be complementary drinks. Everyone is welcome, so please do come along!
If you would like to buy a copy of our book elsewhere, you can pre-order it from Amazon here, or order a signed copy from us on our website from the 5th November. It will also be available in store at Anthropologie, Oliver Bonas, Waterstones, and other independent stockists around the world – feel free to send us an email if you would like to find a stockist near you.
Thank you for reading, thank you for following our journey since we began Ro Co, and we hope this book helps you create your very own house of plants.
Caro & Rose