Perennial Institute

Relating

Botanical garden, Berlin. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

Botanical garden, Berlin. Photography: Lilia Luganskaia

 
 
 

Relating

A day at the Berlin botanical garden.

Exploring the botanical garden with a biologist we learnt about Alexander von Humboldt who ‘read plants as others did books’. Later in the day we sat on the lawn by carefully cultivated roses while Lilia Luganskaia discussed floriography, flower symbolism and the history of flowers in XXI century. We ended the day with Shota Nakamura, who prompted us to walk through the garden, before finally resting to draw our memories and journeys.

 
 
Inside the 100-year-old Viktoriahaus, botanical garden, Berlin.

Inside the 100-year-old Viktoriahaus, botanical garden, Berlin.

Lilia Luganskaia sharing her knowledge on floriography.

Lilia Luganskaia sharing her knowledge on floriography.

Shota Nakamura talking about memory, landscape and drawing.

Shota Nakamura talking about memory, landscape and drawing.

Tropical marsh and water plants are abundant inside the greenhouse.

Tropical marsh and water plants are abundant inside the greenhouse.

The Language of Flowers was central to Lilia Luganskaia’s discussion.

The Language of Flowers was central to Lilia Luganskaia’s discussion.

Related readings: Botanical Drift edited by Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll. Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene by Donna Haraway. Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Ways of mind-walking: reading by Tim Ingold. Wunderlust by Rebecca Solnit. A foray into the worlds of animals and humans by Jakob von Uexkiill. The Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway.

Programming partners: Lilia Luganskaia and Shota Nakamura.