'Plantasia' at the UCLA Botanical Garden - Atlas Obscura

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'Plantasia' at the UCLA Botanical Garden

Experience the verdant grounds of the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden like never before with an evening of music and art created by and for plants.

SUNDAY EVENT ADDED: Due to popular demand, we are adding a second Plantasia experience at the Garden on Sunday, August 11th. This event will feature the artist Mileece, garden tours, and a special guest vendor. 

Join Atlas Obscura, the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, and Sacred Bones Records after hours for a transformative experience combining sound, light, and the gardens' lush vegetation

The multi-sensory Plantasia experience is inspired by Mort Garson's 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia, intended for plants and the people who love them. Explore the UCLA Botanical Garden's winding paths and expansive grounds before gathering in the Nest Amphitheatre for a special Plantasia listening session, introduced by celebrated composer and interactive ecology designer Mileece. Mileece will delve into the history of plant-sentience and bio-communication research before demonstrating her own invention: a botanical feedback system that generates lightscapes and organic music by transforming the bio-electric currents of plants, trees, and even people. Following the presentation, Plantasia will be played in full as the gardens grow dark.

Throughout the evening, you can also experience several curated encounters stationed within the gardens. Explore an Aroma Sensory Exhibit with native plants or take a guided tour of the Desert Garden with docent Ashley Franke. Concoct your own botanic elixir at the DIY Botany Cocktail Bar/Lab hosted by Shoots & Roots Bitters or grab a photo with your favorite houseplant at the Botanic Photo Booth. 

Houseplant specialists Folia Collective will also be on hand to answer all of your indoor plant questions at the Plant Check-Up Booth and pop-up shop (the pop-up shop will not be there Sunday)Bring in your own houseplant or peruse their collection and take home a new friend. Airplantman Josh Rosen will also host a booth featuring Tillandsias, plants that thrive suspended in the air, unconstrained by the limits of soil. 


Mort Garson's 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia features a series of Moog compositions to be played for plants and people. Among the very first to work with Moog synthesizers, Garson is considered a founding father of electronic music. In recent years Plantasia has resurfaced online, gaining a following and becoming a posthumous cult hit. Sacred Bones Record’s reissue of Plantasia has been a huge success peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard electronic charts.


The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 7.5-acre living museum in Los Angeles, focusing on global biodiversity and the evolution of plant life. This community resource is open for the public to explore and hosts community events to spread botanical knowledge and appreciation of nature. The winding paths in this urban oasis create a sense of privacy in a densely populated area, offering a space to relax and reconnect with nature. 


  • The gardens will open at 5:30 p.m. so you can wander and enjoy the stations. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket holders will receive detailed instructions prior to the event regarding entrance location. 
  • Each guest will receive a free cocktail (or shrub) featured in the book Botany at the Bar, the new book from Shoots & Roots Bitters. 
  • Mort Garson's Mother Earth's Plantasia, is available for purchase as an add-on to your ticket order for $20 on vinyl and $15 on CD. If you purchase you can pick it up at the door on the day of the event. 


Email Carlyle Coash at carlyle.coash@atlasobscura.com.

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Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

Interested in other events connected to Plantasia?

Check out the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s screening of The Kirlian Witness (1979) at the The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre and Gardens on August 25 and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies’ multi-media class Murder Season: Crime-Solving Plants and Other Vegetal Horrors on September 12 at the Philosophical Research Society.

This event is sponsored by Buffy, a new natural home goods company that makes products that are ecologically safe and meticulously designed for the well-being of people and the planet.