Wellcome Collection

We’ve become used to thinking of plants as things for us to use: as food, tools, resources, or just as an attractive background to our own lives.

But it’s time to change our minds.

New research shows that plants can think, plan – and may even have memories. We share our planet with beings whose potential we have only glimpsed. Featuring the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer, Susie Orbach and Merlin Sheldrake, This Book is a Plant will be your handbook to the new reality: showing you a pathway to completely reimagine your relationship with a different kind of natural world. Delve into a world of moss and fungi: Sheila Watt-Cloutier transports us to the Arctic Spring, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan discovers the pleasures of painting trees, and Rebecca Tamás puts roots down through earth and soil.

This Book is a Plant is made from paper: it was once part of a tree. But it’s also a seed: the first shoots of a radical new way of seeing the world around you.

Wellcome Collection Authors

Susie Orbach | Rebecca Tamas | Merlin Sheldrake | Rowan Hisayo Buchanan | Sheila Watt-Cloutier | Eduardo Navarro | Michael Marder | Araceli Camargo | Kim Walker | Nataly Canales | Jessica J Lee | Sumana Roy | Emanuele Coccia | Abi Palmer | Amanda Thomson | Robin Wall Kimmerer

This Book is a Plant is the companion to Wellcome Collection’s exhibition ‘Rooted Beings’, opening in 2022.  The Wellcome Collection is a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

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Profile Books, May 2022.  208 pages, hardcover, black and white illustrations