How Not to Kill Your Plants to Hodder

How Not to Kill Your Plants to Hodder

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired How Not to Kill Your Plants: Know, Grow & Style by Nik Southern, founder of contemporary flower studio Grace & Thorn.

Editorial director Briony Gowlett acquired world rights from Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.

How Not To Kill Your Plants is a "modern and accessible plant bible" for those who want to breathe life into their home by filling it with the "right plants for the right places", and learn the tricks of Grace & Thorn’s signature DIY plant and flower displays.

The publisher said: "Whether you are green-fingered or not, this book will help you understand plants’ needs in order to understand where to place them: bathrooms can become fern-filled rain forests while sitting rooms are your own Amazonian jungle. How Not to Kill Your Plants will open readers’ eyes to plant growing and styling possibilities in every room and serve as the ultimate resource for looking after your plants at home."

After impulsively quitting her job in the city, Southern founded Grace & Thorn in a studio in Dalston in 2011.

Gowlett said: "Nik’s book is as far from an old fashioned gardening book as you could imagine. Her passion and energy for all things green is infectious and How Not To Kill Your Plants will demonstrate how plants are an easy and inexpensive way to breathe life into your home with very little effort. With Grace & Thorn Nik has been a trendsetter for greening up gaffs and I’m confident this book will inspire even the most nervous plant owners."

Southern said: "When I opened Grace & Thorn in 2011, I was tired of seeing uninspiring rows of plastic potted houseplants next to forced bouquets struggling to breathe, so I decided to do my own thing -- bring out the best in plants, ready for their next home, and encourage flowers to dance! Since then my philosophy has been simple: help people to see plants in a different way. The Fig tree was, of course, my first baby, but my garden has since grown, offering anyone within urban dwellings a chance to start plant stories of their own."

How Not To Kill Your Plants: Know, Grow & Style will be published in hardback on 6th June 2017.