In these 11 movies, plants are key


In these films, plants take center stage.

1) In the 2008 Pixar movie Wall-e, the heroes must save last plant on Earth.

2) In The Martian, a 2015 movie about the early colonization of Mars, casts one of the biggest movie stars on planet Earth, Matt Damon, as a botanist.

3) The 1992 animated film FernGully made rain forest activists out of lots of children of the 1990s.

4) In 2002’s Adaptation a lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by real-life author Susan Orlean into a movie.

5) Some people think the 2009 mega-hit Avatar borrows its plot from FernGully. The plants may be fictional, but recent technology shows how ours might not be much different after all.

6) In The Little Shop of Horrors, which arrived in theaters in 1986, the same year Tower Hill opened, a nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

7) Medicine Man is a 1992 movie about searching for the cure for cancer in the Amazon rain forest.


8) The Lorax has been inspiring book reading children to look out for trees since 1971. The 2012 movie continued that tradition.

9) It’s pretty simple. Without corn, Ray Kinsella would never have been able to reconcile with his dad in 1989’s Field of Dreams.

10) In Big Fish, a 2003 film, Ed Bloom plants a daffodil field that rivals Tower Hill’s, to impress his future wife Sandra.

11) In the 1993 film Secret Garden, a young British girl living with her distant relative restores a garden that has been locked and neglected. Of course, Tower Hill’s own Secret Garden is magical in its own right.