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Interior Plantscaping: Principles and Practices, 1st Edition

  • James M. DelPrince
  • ISBN-10: 1435439635
  • ISBN-13: 9781435439634
  • 576 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Plants are an integral part of modern interior design and INTERIOR PLANTSCAPING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES, 1st Edition helps readers use them to enhance any commercial or residential space. Organized into four sections, the book addresses plant species, design fundamentals, plant science, and business considerations, while demonstrating the many professional and creative opportunities plantscaping offers. Digging deeply into horticulture, INTERIOR PLANTSCAPING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES, 1st Edition discusses plant physiology, light, water, soil environment, pests, and diseases, and takes the mystery of out of plant selection, installation, and maintenance. Like no other book, INTERIOR PLANTSCAPING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES, 1st Edition illustrates how plantscaping makes interior spaces more livable by adding beauty and making environments healthier, both physically and psychologically, through people and plant interaction.


  • Creative Perspective: The book presents interiorscaping as horticultural design, illustrating plants as living sculpture and demonstrating their value beyond greenhouse crops.

  • Practical Business Information: Equip readers to become plantscaping entrepreneurs with the book's in-depth discussions on effective workplace communications, day-to-day operations, managing employees, and choosing profitable plants.

  • Plant Science Specifics: Includes thorough plant science coverage, such as discussions on foliage and root environments, in order to clarify how plants live indoors.

  • Modern Views: A blend of horticulture science, plantscaping design, and business theory gives students a complete and accurate picture of today's interiorscaping profession.

  • Invaluable Plant List: An effective resource both in the classroom and on the job, the appendix provides an extensive list of indoor plants, including everything from tried-and-true peace lilies and dieffenbachia to interesting reintroductions such as nertera and juncus.


"This Textbook will fill a need in an area that will become more important in years to come as employers realize the benefit and effect of a well designed interior plantscape for its employees."
— Paul A. Thomas, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

About the Author

James M. DelPrince

James M. DelPrince is an Associate Professor of Floral Design and Interior Plantscaping Design at Mississippi State University, home of the country’s leading Floral Management program in Horticulture. A member of Professional Floral Communicators International and the American Institute of Floral Designers, he is a past president of the latter organization’s Southern Region. As an expert in Victorian era floral design, Dr. DelPrince completed prestigious fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and Winterthur, the country estate of Henry Francis du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. DelPrince co-authored The AIFD Guide to Floral Design, is a featured writer for Flora magazine, and produced a series of educational videos on Flowers for Entertaining. He earned his B.S. in Horticulture and M.S. in Agricultural Education from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.

Table of Contents

About the Author.
1. Keeping Plants Indoors.
2. Plant Uses and Plant Opportunities.
3. Cultivation versus Aesthetics.
4. International Code of Botanical Nomenclature: How it Works.
5. Interior Plant History.
6. Principles of Interior Planting Design.
7. Elements of Interior Planting Design.
8. Complementary Product and Design Services.
9. Origination.
10. Light.
11. Water and Soil.
12. Insect Pests.
13. Diseases.
14. Business Management.
15. Techniques.
List of Indoor Plants.