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“Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias”


My horticulture and design book on air plants, the peculiar Bromeliad genus, was published last October 2014. I wrote, created for and art directed the photography on this affordable little guide and inspiration resource.

Given some of the mysteries regarding growth and care I was delighted to get the chance at debunking some of the baffling info on air plants floating around.The book was a great pleasure to write, create products for, and style. Photographed perfectly by Caitlin Atkinson, we strived to demonstrate every detail of care, maintenence and craft so that you could peel through beautiful spreads and simultaneously learn. Since there are so many correct yet different ways to water them-I’ve provided my readers with the simple science of how and when to apply the different watering methods, conduct maintenance, as well as explore fun and interesting ways to use tillandsias in design and craft.

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Taken from Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias© Copyright 2014 by Zenaida Sengo. Photos by Caitlin Atkinson. Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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  1. Sent some messages to you through facebook… to avoid repeating myself too much they will show in your “other” messages box vs inbox. Love your book, got some great ideas from it and some worthwhile information. I work at a large garden center in Denver area and we carry a wide variety of tillandsia plants. I have started making stained glass hangers for air plants. I have talked to the book buyer at my garden center and we will be carrying your book, also. Great work.

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