The secret sex life of plants


Here’s a compilation of appropriated footage we (my friend Cheryl Jackson and I) put together for a plant sex installation last night (a fundraiser). The video projection was just one part of it. Enjoy (you’ll want your sound on).

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. I was fortunate enough to get to experience the full installation in all its sensory delight. The sheer ability to be surrounded by growing plants on one of the coldest days of the year in Buffalo so far–at night, no less–was quite a treat, but the main thing no video can convey is the wonderful aroma in the room.

    Eliz, what’s the name of the book you had on display? I think GR readers might be as interested in it as I am.

    –Mentee Ron

  2. The book Ron mentions is Sex in Your Garden. It’s a really funny, campy look at plant reproduction. Very quirky, with pictures of bra ads and Barbies as well as plants. The science is right, though.

  3. Talented and creative way to show-case the x-rated side of nature! thanks for the effort!! I really enjoyed the video

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