A new exhibit explores the garden as inspiration. Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden offers new work by eight artists in a variety of media including painting, animation, photography, and sculpture. The show explores the relationship between natural abandon and horticultural order as it grows in Wave Hill, a garden in the Bronx, New York, that overlooks the Hudson River.
On the language of botany, I imagine many plants would gladly elaborate if they could. Though they lack a traditional (or human) grammatical structure, plants do have a language. They exchange nouns and verbs for colors and shapes, a visual code by which they variously attract, repel, and generally speak to an audience that includes pollinators, each other, and us.