Why do we find such pleasure in plants? What can we learn from plants? Why do we feel better after a walk in the bush, or after we arrange or buy a bunch of flowers? Why do we seek to replicate plants and flowers in our homes, on our bodies, and through our art?

Through Te Papa’s rich collections, we explore the relationships between humans and the botanical world, from the moment Tāne Māhuta lovingly cloaked his mother Papatūānuku with plants, to cloaking and adorning our own bodies, to the way we grow our knowledge of plants, their movement around the world and the way humans emotionally, metaphorically, and ritually connect with plants.