The History of Indoor Gardening

The History of Indoor Gardening: Houseplant History Timeline

The History of Indoor Gardening


Take a break, and wonder. Think about plants, the woody stalky stems and the branching green leaves. Did you water your money plant today? Oh! You did. But have you ever thought when it became a thoughtful idea to keep houseplants? Turns out it was years, we said aeons ago. From Eve's apple tree to Persephone and her pomegranate, plants have always been a bonhomie. 

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History of Indoor Gardening

The History of Indoor Gardening


Despite our love for upkeeping plants inside, plants were never meant to be domesticated. 

Throughout time and history and a number of  civilizations in between humankind has experimented with bringing nature indoors, and it wasn’t until recently that houseplants became a common indoor sight. 

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Timeline of Indoor Gardening History


1. The Beginnings

The History of Indoor Gardening - The Begining

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, were especially curated for the wife of King Nebuchadnezzar II.

Indoor gardening with potted plants can be traced back to the time of early Greeks and Romans. 

The outdoor spaces and courtyards of Ancient Egypt, India, and China also made use of potted plants, terracotta supremely.


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Bonsai is a technique originated in Japan. In Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese cultures have unique traditions of dwarfing trees for ornamental purposes, known variably as Hòn Non Bộ, Penjing and Bonsai. Designed to imitate fully-grown trees in nature, and were often accompanied by decorative rocks to simulate natural elements.  


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2. The Renaissance and Beyond

The History of Indoor Gardening - The Renaissance and Beyond


During this time indoor plants were in Europe, cultivated largely restricted to monasteries, and plants were grown for practical purposes, for food and medical use. No more plants for pleasure or decor.

Followed by Renaissance and the cultural transformations it brought.  Renaissance, revitalised orangeries,  and global exploration, that meant an influx of new-world foliage, once again brought home to showcase in Europe. 



3. The Era of Plants 1840-1930

The History of Indoor Gardening - The Era of Plants 1840-1930


Plants became a staple accessory to a room well decorated. But like all the other elements of design, houseplants are subject to trending changes. Many simultaneous trends and microtrends saw an uprising in the 1900s primarily up and arising from mainstream media—television, magazines, books—and thus reflecting the culture and its representation in the said media. 


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