After Dark Online: Houseplants

Thursday, January 28, 2021 • 7:00 p.m. PST

Adults Only (18+)

Free online event: Join below or via YouTube or Facebook

The popularity of houseplants has grown steadily since shelter-in-place began. Learn more about the science of tending your own, the wide diversity and origin of indoor greenery, and meet some fellow fans of photosynthesizers.

This program features:

Houseplants 101 with Eric Hupperts of UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Straight from the greenhouse at the UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley, join an expert horticulturist to learn about houseplant care, repotting tips, and how you can be an amateur scientist with your houseplants. 

Care For Plants with Dr. Giulia Carabelli
How have our relationships with houseplants changed since we began sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Hear directly from a sociologist engaging in research about human-plant connections and what her work might indicate about cultural shifts in appreciation of both life and nature. Plus, find out how you can participate in her research with your own photosynthesizing friends.

More to Explore:

Tips on integrated pest management:

Dr. Carabelli’s research on human/plant relationships:
Instagram: @careforplants

Article: Houseplants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world by Giulia Carabelli

Article: How COVID-19 Is Changing People’s Relationships With Houseplants by Gideon LascoIn

Full list of compiled research and resources can be found here.

On our website:

Seed Germinator
What goes on underground when seeds are sprouting? Make yourself a window into the process of plant development.

Veggie Scraps
You don’t necessarily need seeds to grow a vegetable garden. In this episode of Hungry for Science, learn to take advantage of special cells in plants that allow them to grow continuously and turn your veggie scraps into another meal.

Electrified Plants
Inspired by the discovery that muscles respond to electrical current, Mary Shelley had her Dr. Frankenstein create life with electricity. What monstrosities could she have imagined had she only known about electrically motivated plants? Join Exploratorium biologist Alex Pinigis to learn about the similar electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.