Episode 24: Anna Laurent, Seeds and The Fertile Crescent

Anna Laurent is an award-winning artist and author. Her projects include the internationally exhibited "Dispersal" project; a book about Victorian botanic wall charts (2016, University of Chicago Press); "The Iraqi Seed Project," a documentary about biodiversity in the Fertile Crescent; and commissioned work in the Temperate House at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Anna shares her journey with us and talks about how she quit her job determined to find someone who would pay for her to learn about plants.

How did she do?

Let’s find out.


Show Notes

Anna Laurent is an award-winning artist and author. Her projects include the internationally exhibited "Dispersal" project; a book about Victorian botanic wall charts (2016, University of Chicago Press); "The Iraqi Seed Project", a documentary about biodiversity in the Fertile Crescent; and commissioned work in the Temperate House at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Anna studied literature at Harvard University and holds an MSc in History & Philosophy of Science from University College of London.


Related Links

Anna Laurent’s website

The Sorcery of Seedpods: Little Packages of DNA that Explode with Beauty

Temperate House at Royal Botanic Garden, Kew

Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery



Photography by Anna Laurent


Traveler's joy ( Clematis vitalba ), from  Dispersal  series  © Anna Laurent, all rights reserved.

Traveler's joy (Clematis vitalba), from Dispersal series © Anna Laurent, all rights reserved.

Kurdish farmer with contaminated wheat, from The Iraqi Seed Project. © Anna Laurent, all rights reserved.

Kurdish farmer with contaminated wheat, from The Iraqi Seed Project. © Anna Laurent, all rights reserved.

Site-specific installation  Flora: Exploration to Extinction. © Anna Laurent, all rights reserved.

Site-specific installation Flora: Exploration to Extinction. © Anna Laurent, all rights reserved.

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