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1 x 1 hour documentary

Smarty Plants: Uncovering the Secret World of Plant Behaviour

Original Broadcaster:

Distributor (Canada)

Distributor (International)

Educational & DVD Sales:

CBC – The Nature of Things
(original air date : Mar 22, 2012)
Merit Entertainment Inc
Merit Entertainment Inc (DVD Canada) &
PBS (Rest of World)

A luscious exploration of the natural world, Smarty Plants effortlessly integrates hard core science with a light hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of The Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of the west coast of Canada, lead scientist JC Cahill takes us on a journey into the real “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. A world of pulsing activity where plants communicate, co-operate and sometimes, wage all-out war. So come along for the ride and discover that plants are a lot less passive and a lot more intelligent than you think!

Also known as What Plants Talk About [USA]

In the Media

“It's weirdly captivating stuff.” - Brad Oswald, Winnipeg Free Press
“…makes me reconsider the environment we share.” - Saada Stylo
“it turns out, there's a lot more going on in leaves, flowers, stems and roots than meets the eye (and nose).” - Brad Oswald, Winnipeg Free Press
“it'll make you think twice about what you're doing the first time you fire up your lawn mower this spring.” - Brad Oswald, Winnipeg Free Press