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Music to grow plants by: the bizarre story of Mort Garson’s hippie horticulture masterpiece Plantasia

Mort Garson
Mort Garson, the anonymous creator of Mother Earth's Plantasia, with Day, his daughter Credit: Day Darmet

Earlier this year, music fans were driven to religiously check for a specific new YouTube upload. At 31-and-a-half minutes, a little-known album released in 1976 had become essential daily listening for its cabal of fans. Every few weeks, the recording would be taken offline for copyright reasons, and they would be left bereft. “Holy crap I spent 3 days typing everything!” one commenter posted, relief ricocheting through the ether. “All combinations of: New age full album green cover good music made for your plants GIVE ME THE JAZZY PLANT MUSIC.”  

Mother Earth’s Plantasia: warm earth music for plants… and the people who love them, was never destined for this. A playful experiment by a polymathic...

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