JONATHAN KUI - Carnivorous Plants & Their Role in Society

MHG Meetings

Sponsored By: Metro Hort Group

Jonathan Kui
Carnivorous Plants and Their Role in Society

Carnivorous Plants have often been embraced by the public as curiosity, at least, and an exotic challenge, at best. But what role can they play in society today? And what are the best ways to communicate their greater role to the public? In a cultural landscape that is idealizes immediate gratification, how can we expand interest in these incredibly slow-growing, yet fascinating plants?

We will examine the role that media has played in helping to communicate the strange delights of carnivorous plants and examine the wide range of carnivorous plants available in cultivation by comparing and contrasting their features. The trailer for the documentary film CAPTIVATED: THE ALLURE OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS will also be shown and used as a vehicle for a greater discussion of the diverse roles that carnivorous plants can play in modern society.

Jonathan Kui is a forensic biologist and independent filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. In 2013 he opened Midtown Carnivores, New York City’s first carnivorous plant nursery registered with the New York State Dept of Agriculture and Markets. Three years later he began production on a crowd-funded, independent documentary film, entitled CAPTIVATED: THE ALLURE OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS, which was completed and released in 2021. The film won Best Documentary at the 2021 Mabig Film Festival in Germany, and Best Science Film at the 2022 edition of GeekFest Toronto.

His other interests include pinball, Star Trek and Godzilla. Midtown Carnivores supplied the specimens for Madison Square Park’s 2021 Plants of the Pine Barrens display.

Monday, September 12, 2022
The Central Park Arsenal
Fifth Avenue and 64th Street
Third floor: The Arsenal Gallery

Doors open for refreshments at 6:00 pm 
Meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm
General meetings are free to Metro Hort members. No reservations are necessary.
Guests are welcome to attend for a $20 contribution

Jonathan Kui