“How are you? Are you having a good day? What have you been up to? What kind of personality do you have? Are you a plant person? Do you think you can talk with plants?
Those are some of the questions I was asked as I sat inside an art installation in Winnipeg’s Plug In Gallery that looked like a greenhouse. As I settled into a wooden chair a voice started speaking to me. It was kind of eerie. I think it was a recorded voice but it seemed to be responding to what I was saying, so after a few minutes I wasn’t sure. It was as if the plants were listening to me and talking to me.
The greenhouse had a roof with an animated film playing on it. Plants were growing and dying and growing again.
I am not really a plant person. I’ve given up having house plants because eventually they all die. I do have a father and a sister with very green thumbs. My parents had a greenhouse on their property where each spring they started all the plants for their many flowerbeds. My mother-in-law grew beautiful roses and my father-in-law was a greenhouse farmer. I told the plants in the greenhouse at the Plug In all about my family plant connections. They seemed very interested and understanding.
The greenhouse installation will be at the Plug In until June 4. If you’d like to talk to some plants I’d highly recommend it.