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Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias

By Zenaida Sengo

Photographs by Caitlin Atkinson

Foreword by Flora Grubb

A truly handy and fun read, with clear, pretty photos and step-by-step how-to projects.


Air plants, also known as tillandsias, are having their moment. Known for their spiky shape and extremely low-maintenance needs, they are growing increasingly popular for crafting, design, and décor.

Because they don’t need soil, you can dangle and perch them almost anywhere in your home. Mount them to shells, rocks, slate, or driftwood to display in your favorite nook. Or try your hand at creating hanging gardens to suspend in mid-air.

In Air Plants, tillandsia expert and artist Zenaida Sengo shows how simple and rewarding it is to grow, craft, and design with these modern beauties. The book features six step-by-step projects, including a wood mount and several unique terrariums.


Media reviews

"A great introduction.…Immerse yourself in the wonders of these deceptively simple showstoppers."

—Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune

"A truly handy and fun read, with clear, pretty photos and step-by-step how-to projects, this book is not only a guide on choosing and caring for air plants, but also gives us amazingly creative ideas on air plant crafting and design."


"Sengo offers fresh possibilities to people who love plants in their home but have little time, limited space, and a general disinclination toward plant care. ... Sengo's informative book offers creative ways to enjoy these quirky plants."

Publishers Weekly

"This book, written by Flora Grubb Gardens' own Zenaida Sengo and photographed by the insanely talented Caitlin Atkinson, takes a deep dive into different varieties, care, and projects."

—Johanna Silver, Sunset

"My heart leapt when I saw Air Plants."

—Dominique Browning, New York Times Book Review

"Sengo dishes on the plant ... sharing ideas for decorating with the low-maintenance, sculptural wonders. Sengo and photographer Caitlin Atkinson use their homes and the homes of friends to demonstrate how to turn the plants into the perfect accessory for any bright space."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Zenaida Sengo may inspire you to add a little exotic flavor to your environs with these unusual plants."

American Gardener

"Step-by-step instructions along with color photographs will help you design a hard-to-kill arrangement, for yourself or gift giving."


About the author

Zenaida Sengo

Zenaida Sengo works as the interior coordinator at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco and is an integral part of the creativity in new products; she gives store talks on tillandsias and offers DIY workshops at the nursery. In addition to working in horticulture, she is passionate about painting and design.

Read more about Zenaida Sengo

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