The Botany of Desire

Written by Holly on Tuesday October 27, 2009

tulipFlowers. Trees. Plants.

We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us?

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: To make their honey, the bees collect nectar, and in the process spread pollen, which contains the flowers' genes. THE BOTANY DESIRE proposes that people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.  

The two-hour documentary examines this unique relationship through the stories of four familiar species -- the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato -- telling how each evolved to satisfy our most basic yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. 

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE shows how we humans are intricately woven into the web of nature... not standing outside it.

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE airs Wednesday night at 7pm.