The Garden of Secrets

The Garden of Secrets

2020 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards Honoree

Creativity Finalist: Honoring world changing creative projects that help explain and publicize global problems and solutions.
Education Finalist: Honoring companies or initiatives that help inspire better and more equitable learning.

A TEALEAVES Documentary

Bringing together leading activists, designers, engineers, architects and botanists worldwide in a philanthropic documentary in support of botanical gardens by demonstrating the vast library of insights that they house.

Through millions of years of evolution, the structures and processes of organisms have resolved many of the engineering and environmental challenges facing the modern world–we just need to look, observe, and learn.

— Patrick Lewis, Director of UBC Botanical Garden

Roots of the Project

A botanical garden isn’t just a garden filled with plants – it is a garden of ideas. Whether a developer, designer, innovator, or just plain interested, botanical gardens can offer secrets that are beyond their edible, aromatic, and medicinal properties.

In this exploration of nature, TEALEAVES explores how botanical gardens and the “secrets” they house can inspire lasting impact on people, society and the environment. With this knowledge, it is our hope to generate awareness for and curb future decisions that may harmfully impact our planet and our well-being.


Special Thanks to our Partners

Ask Nature: Alexandra Ralevski
Argus Controls: Alec Mackenzie
Biomimicry 3.8 & Singularity University: Leon Wang
Bullitt Foundation: Denis Hayes, Mary McNair
California Academy of Sciences: Dimitri Smirnoff
Christine Lintott Architects: Christine Lintott
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: Matilda McQuaid
Durham University: Jas Pal Badyal
Exploration Architecture: Michael Pawlyn
Heron Media: Dan Hinkley
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Robert J. Lang Origami: Robert Lang
New York Botanical Garden: Barbara A. Ambrose
PFS Studio: Kelty McKinnon
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Richard V. Piacentini
Summerland Secondary School: Grant Mansiere
Tree of 40 Fruits: Sam Van Aken
UBC Faculty of Science: Loren Rieseberg
UBC Botanical Garden: Andy Hill, Douglas Justice, Patrick Lewis
UC Berkeley: Philip B. Stark, Thomas Carlson
Warwick University: Wanda Lewis, David Towers, Adrian Seymour, Martin Millson, Peter Meesum,
Jim Smith, Ian Brown, Graham Canham, Charles Joyce, Amy Hamson, Rachel Grimes, James Hudson, Mark Hewson.

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