I find this stuff so you don’t have to: Gorilla in the Greenhouse and Singing Plant



First Gorilla in the Greenhouse: Although I found this intensely annoying and barely got past the intro, it does have the virtue of being intended to help teach kids about sustainable living. It doesn’t look that far removed from morning cartoons, which I only see because sometimes my husband watches them, so I guess they’re on the right track. The little animation and interactive website tell a story about how kids can help address the problem of plastic bags, as well as generally raises their awareness of environmental issues. HT Reality Sandwich (which is a very cool site) for the link and info on this.


I also found Singing Plant on the RS site. I’m always on the lookout for nature/gardening-based conceptual art installations (I may be in a very small group here), and this one seems kind of wacky. From what I can tell, stroking some of the plants, including a sansevieria (certainly a plant that can take the punishment) and a guzmania, among other plants, cause all kinds of far-out sound and light effects to occur. I’m all for anything that gets people into their local botanical gardens, which need their attention and support. This one is in Copenhagan, but I can see something like this being the attraction for a cool party/benefit at our local gardens. And, again, fun for the kids.

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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 yahoo.com


  1. i really like the singing plant video. thanks for passing that along.

    i’m new to your blog, and enjoying it.

  2. You like environmental artists? Then check out PandraWilliams.com. She is increasing awareness and saving natives in Atlanta.

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