That sound you hear? That’s our very loud sigh of relief as we wrap up edits on our very. First. Book.
Published by Clarkson Potter (also home to Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, David Chang and Chrissy Teigen, NBD, and an imprint of Penguin Random House), How to Window Box shows you how to grow your favorite plants in even the smallest of spaces. We show you how to plant 16 window boxes with arrangements ranging from classic (like South Carolina style) to prickly (cactus!) to sultry (with monstera, pothos and more). Our book ships on February 27, 2018, but you can pre-order your copy now when you click here!
We’re feeling quite proud of it, and thrilled that we could put a fresh spin on the timeless pursuit of gardening in your window.
The full title is How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out because it demonstrates how to cultivate a mini garden on both sides of your sill. Projects range from super easy to somewhat ambitious.
Speaking of difficulty! Writing this book was wild. The deadlines were tight (to get HtWB in your hands before the spring growing season) so we were planting and shooting boxes back to back while researching soil mixes and ordering plants from our local nurseries as the boxes peaked and bloomed, and well, you get the idea. January through August of this year, we were consumed.
We even built a set (!) for the indoor and outdoor boxes, complete with interchangeable facades and shutters, produced and shot in the driveway of The Horticult HQ. We also took the planters on the road to photograph them in some special locations.
With the guidance of our visionary editor Angelin Borsics, we designed, built, arranged, and planted 16 boxes at a fever pace. All while writing about them. After the Word Doc phase, we edited “dummy” layouts that were further brought to life by art director with the mostest, Ian Dingman. We made things clearer, more concise, and it dang near killed us.
Thank goodness we had the plants to revive us. (Not to mention, some of the projects we had to cut will be springing up here in this space after the book comes out!)
Working with houseplants was a fun and enlightening change of pace for us after spending so many years writing primarily about our outdoor space. In one box we wrestled ferns into formation and praised their varying leaf shapes, and in another we played with negative space and oddly shaped sansevierias. Our favorite herbs got optional grow lights. Outdoors, the butter lettuce was crisp and the edible blooms were counting down to happy hour. We also think y’all will love the carnivorous plant chapter. And of course, we show you how to take care of your boxed beauties.
Where are all these planters now? They’ve pretty much taken over The Horticult garden. If you’d like to see how they’re doing, follow us on Instagram @thehorticult—where we’ll be posting previews, updates, events and giveaways.
The unofficial motto: If you have a window, you can grow a garden. Without giving too much away, here’s a peek behind the scenes.