I'm sure it hasn't escaped your attention that botanical metaphors are being increasingly used to describe a variety of aspects of education, and especially digital learning. The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau likened the outcome of education to the yielding of fruit, and to highlight the need for 'cultivation' of knowledge. We now hear many referring to education as a kind of 'gardening', where learners are nurtured like young plants, 'watered and fed' regularly, and cared for by the gardener (i.e. the teacher). Ideas are propagated, learning should be rooted in pedagogy, students are encouraged to blossom, and there is a learning ecosystem. Independent, self determined learning has also been framed using botanical metaphors.