Lancelot Brown, better known as 'Capability Brown' (he won in the names category) was famous landscape architect in18th Century England. He described his garden designs in grammatical terms: "'Now there' said he, pointing his finger, 'I make a comma, and there' pointing to another spot, 'where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop, and then I begin another subject'"
"The Indians addressed life as a “thou,” I mean, trees and stones, everything else. You can address anything as a “thou”, and you can feel the change in your psychology as you do it. The ego that sees a “thou” is not the same ego that sees an “it.” Your whole psychology changes when you address things as an “it.” And when you go to war with a people, the problem of the newspapers is to turn those people into its, so that they’re not “thous.”" - Joseph Campbell, The Power of M
Check out this BBC article about plant intelligence. It cites the work of many of the thinkers referenced in the signs, including Dr. Suzanne Simard (mother trees, UBC Forestry) and Daniel Chamovitz (What a Plant Knows). http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34849374
The plant signs have now been installed on the UBC Campus. I'll be posting some pictures over the coming days. Feel free to send me any pics you may take, or thought you have - I'd love to hear.
Be sure to check out the Beaty Biodiversity Museum native plant courtyard for the highest concentration of signs; they radiate out from there.