Film Screening: The Garden of Secrets & Panel Discussion


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for the short film “Garden of Secrets,” a co-production of the artisanal tea blender TeaLeaves and the University of British Columbia’s Botanical Garden. 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. Botanical gardens are “idea libraries,” places where a wealth of these solutions have been assembled near the doorsteps of the scientists, engineers, and designers tackling these issues. Whether a developer, designer, innovator, or just plain interested, botanical gardens can offer secrets that are beyond their edible, aromatic, and medicinal properties.

The film’s concept is grounded in biomimicry, an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. In this exploration of nature, the film explores how botanical gardens and the “secrets” they house can inspire different innovators from tea blenders, designers, academics and more to build 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.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about the revolutionary new role botanical gardens can fill in helping us find solutions for the future.

Please note that this event is a co-presentation of Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center and OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).  It takes place at OMSI and tickets will be available from OMSI’s website from mid-January.

Ticket on sale dates: This event is ticketed through our presenting partner, OMSI, and ticket sales will be at from Jan. 13, 2020. Tickets are $7 for non-members and $5.95 for OMSI and Garden members providing a coupon code given in the member e-mail.

Garden members will need to enter a coupon code (to be announced) when purchasing tickets.

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