How humans connect with the botanical world is intriguing. Our food, fibre, shelter, indeed our survival is reliant on the photosynthetic process carried out by plants. And what a process it is! Image being able to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates using only sunshine. As adaptive and plastic organisms, individuals plants can live for a season or for Millenia, and seed-babies can stay viable for thousands of years. There is a wealth of reasons to study plants with the discipline of botany covering biophysics, biogeography, biochemistry, pharmacology, evolution, ecology, and the knowledge derived from these areas is critical to solve the wicked problems of, for example, climate change – how can we continue to survive on this planet, and space travel – where it is essential to identify which other planets can support earthly photosynthesis.

As much as I love learning about plants, the study of plants per se is not what “plants, people, place” is about. We have relationships with plants that go beyond that of plants providing us with services. This project aims to collects stories about personal connections between humans – individually and collectively – and the botanical world. Thought goes into selecting specific flowers for celebrations and commemorations. Memories surface when we reencounter those same plants. Plants that are present now, helping us to recall memories, our stories, of where we were physically and emotionally years before. Beyond a single lifetime, cultural relationships with plants connect generations.

In the past few years I have been writing more about the roles of plants in our lived, especially the capacity of plants to surface our memories.  Links to a few of these writings are offered. I have to view to continue to add to this page as I gather more stories to share.

Prelude 2020: Some of my botanical stories.

2020/21: The Aunties. This is a series of videos with Aunty Beryl van Oploo, Aunty Bernadette Duncan, and Aunty Rhonda Ashby taking about the Grasslands for Grains Project with Dr Angela Pattison. Connection to the plants On Country feature, as do themes of connections of plants with Language, and women connecting and empowering each other. Funded by DVC ISS.  Series 1: Plants, People, Place

2018-2021: The Artists. This series features artists who have appeared as gifts falling into my lap. Series 2: Plants, People, Place.