A History of Houseplants
Evergreen Museum & Library's new exhibit explores Victorians' obsession with houseplants and how it compares to today's houseplant craze. "There’s a huge wealth of studies showing a connection between caring for houseplants—keeping them alive and watching them grow—and happiness," says Michelle Fitzgerald, curator of collections. "The Victorians were motivated to take pride in their houseplants for similar reasons you see in the present. This common human psychology is really endearing to me."