You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers  

2011- 2016
99 works
Cut out magazine centerfold and insect pins on Somerset- Carson-Fabriano paper
each 61x40.5 cm (framed)

Plant II - Medegola asparagoides

Playmen - La Playgirl di Giugno - Marianna - 2011

Plant IV - Peonea officinales flor pieno

Playboy’s Miss May – Maria McBane - 2011


Plant VII - Ixora americana

Playmen - La Playgirl di Aprile - Alice - 2011


Plant X - no name - Rhamnus alaternus, L.

Oui - 2011

Plant XII - Dipsacus fullonum

Playmen - La Playgirl di Ottobre - Clarisse - 2011

Plant XVI - Iris

Playmen - La Playgirl di Maggio - 2011

Plant XVII - Fritillaria persica

La Playmate del mese di Playboy – Miss Maggio - Cindy - 2011

Plant XVIII - Ilex aquifolium, L.

Playmen - La Playgirl di Dicembre - Rena - 2011

Plant XXI - no name - unidentified

Playmen - La Playgirl di Marzo - Josiane - 2011

Plant XXIII - Glycine bituminosa

Playmen - La Playgirl di Ottobre - Zula - 2011

Plant XXVI - no name – Andropogon distachyos, L.

Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglio - 2011

Plant XXIX - Agrostema githago

Playmen - La Playgirl di Febbraio - 2011

Plant XXXII - Gredithsia triacanta

Lui - Edith - 2011

Plant XXXIV a - Chenopodium polyspermum

Playmen - La Playgirl di Ottobre - Terry - 2011

Plant XXXIV b - Chenopodium polyspermum

Playmen - La Playgirl di Ottobre - Terry - 2011

Plant XXXVI - Imperatoria ostruthium

Playmen - La Playgirl di Maggio - Patrizia - 2011

Plant XL - Fumaria officinalis

La Playmate del mese di Playboy - Miss Luglio - Carol - 2011

Plant XLI - Milleria quinqueflora

Playmen - La Playgirl di Agosto - Leonie - 2011

Plant XLII - Avena fatua

La Playmate del mese di Playboy - Miss Agosto - Lillian - 2011

Plant XLIII - Chenopodium scoparia

Oui - Nico - 2011

You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers



A Study on Botanical Conservation

Posed by Professional Models



The project ‘You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers’ brings back to light a forgotten collection of preserved plant specimens that was once assembled by a passionate, amateur botanist. The true identity of this self-taught man remains shrouded in mystery and all that is known is his enormous appetite for pseudo-scientific research in the natural world.


From his studies in ecology it is possible to trace the foundation of his ideas back to the work of Carl Linnaeus, an eighteenth century Swedish botanist. In his book ‘Systema Naturae’, Linnaeus first attempted a revolutionary system of taxonomy based around the number of a flower’s reproductive organs, thus recognising the sexuality of plants. The pollination of stamens and pistils occurring in the secrecy of voluptuous corollas were suddenly mimicking an alcove’s romantic encounter. Botany opened up to the intimacy of sex.


As a late and devoted apostle of Linnaeus teachings, our inexperienced botanist decided to combine his research on botanical conservation with his passion for “les jeunes filles”, young ladies photographed in seductive poses for the centrefolds of adult publications. The result of this curious obsession is an extensive collection of hybrid creatures where each playmate is morphed into the nymph Daphne. An Herbarium of botanical pin-ups.


Created within the interception and disjunctions of the plant silhouette, what was once the recipient of the voyeur’s gaze has now become a specimen to be studied and analysed.  The male sexual projections and stereotypes are mediated and mitigated by the transformation. The plant and the object of desire: the two things brought together are equal. The botanist becomes the voyeur and vice-versa.


‘Since you cannot be my wife, you shall assuredly be my tree. I will wear you for my crown… And, as eternal youth is mine, you also shall be always green, and your leaf know no decay.’

Apollo and Daphne in Ovid’s ‘Metamorphosis’



For ‘The Botanist’ - his first solo exhibition at Less Is More Projects- artist Paolo Giardi presents the extended series of ‘You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers’, 66 cut-out intervention on original vintage centrefold, created between 2011 and 2014.


The title of the series is borrowed from the lyrics of ‘All In the Golden Afternoon’ - the scene of the talking flowers- in Disney’s 1951 ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The project is also a tribute to the wonderful and evocative world created by Marcel Proust in his ode to youth in ‘A l’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleur’.


In an attempt of preserving cultural resources the artist is adopting, not only the fictitious role of the botanist, but also of the role of the conservationist concerned with the re-materialisation of an appropriated image and concept.


Plant LXXII - Quercus vulcanica

La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Carol Ann Hughes - 2013

Plant LXXIII - Melanorrhoea usitata

Lui - Isabelle de Cadix - 2013

Plant XXXIX - Cassia glandulosa

Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglio - 2013

Plant LXI - Arum tracunculus

Playmen - La Playgirl di Gennaio - 2013

Plant LXX - Vellozia glauca

Lui - Pascale - 2013

Plant LXXX - Wisteria floribunda

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Aprile - 2013

Plant XX - Clematis alpina

   La Playmate del mese di Playboy - Miss Settembre - Kristine - 2013

Plant LXXXI - Cephalotaxus harringtonia

  Lui - Irénée - 2013

Plant LIV - Blechnum radicans

   Lui - Lily - 2013

Plant XIX - Dodonea viscosa

   Playboy’s Playmate of the Month - Miss March - Bonnie - 2013

Plant LVI - Galium odoratum

  Lui - Clara - 2013

Plant CXXIX - Mimosa

   Lui - Maysa - 2014

Plant CXIII - Euphorbia dendroides

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Febbraio - Jill - 2014

Plant CXII - Quisqualis indica

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Novembre - Camilla - 2014

Plant III - Emorocallis fulva

   Lui - Edith - 2014

Plant LVII - Hippophae rhamnoides L.

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Giugno - Loretta - 2014

Plant CXXXV - Aristolchia sp.

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Ottobre - 2014

Plant CXXXIII - Lastrea dilatata

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Marzo - 2014

Plant CXXXI - Geranium microphyllum

   Lui - Martha - 2014

Plant VIII - Solanum piracanta

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Agosto - 2014

Plant XXIV - Iris pseudoacros

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Agosto - Me Me Lay - 2014

Plant XXXVIII - Valeriana officinalis

   Lui - Pierrette - 2014

Plant LVIII - Augusta longifolia

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Novembre - Julie - 2014

Plant LI - Nymphaea lotus L.

   Lui - Heloise - 2014

Plant LXII - Geranium sanguinium

   Lui - Aurore - 2014

Plant LXIV - Tagetes patula

   Lui - Anita - 2014

Plant LXVIII - Zanteteschia aethiopica

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Maggio - Isabel - 2014

Plant LXXI - Acer pseudoplatanus L.

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglioi - 2014

Plant LXXIV - Tricoryne elatior

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Maggio - Marianne - 2014

Plant LXXVI - Philodendron speciosum

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Aprile - Marie Ekorre - 2014

Plant LXXVII - Gleditsia triacanthos

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Novembre - Elena - 2014

Plant LXXIX - Narcissus tazetta L.

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Aprile - Marlene - 2014

Plant LXXXVI - Flos cheyri simplex medius

   Playmen - La Playgirl di Giugno - Delfina - 2014

Plant LXXXVIII - Anthurium maximiliani

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Gennaio - 2014

Plant XCVIII - Melia azzederach

  Lui - Marie Christine - 2014

Plant C - Lavandula angustifolia

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Marzo - Ble - 2014

Plant CII - Sedirea japonica

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Aprile - Franca - 2014

Plant CIII - Cenchrus ciliatus

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Marzo - Olive - 2014

Plant CIV - Clianthus puniceus

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Novembre - 2014

Plant CXIX - Robinia chamlagu (Caragana sinica)

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Settembre - 2014

Plant CXVI - Alstroemeria pelegrina

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Marzo - 2014

Plant CXX - Thespia tiliacea

  Lui - Gaby - 2014

Plant CXXI - Gomphrena globosa

   Playboy’s Playmate of the Month - Miss December - Mercy - 2014

Plant CXXVII - Adiantum Capillus-Veneris

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Novembre - Vicky -2014

Plant CXXXVII - Enkianthus quinqueflorus

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Dicembre - Mia - 2014

Plant CXXXVIII - Schizanthus retusus

   La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Gennaio -2014

Plant CXL - Roemeria hybrida

  Kent - La Ragazza di Aprile - Rosalba Neri - 2014

Plant CXLII - Protea canaliculata

  Lui - Virginie - 2014

Plant XXVIII - Captus

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglio - Sara - 2016

Plant XXXV - Osteospermum monolifi

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Settembre - Laura - 2016

Plant LXXV - Dictamnus albus L.

  Kent - La Ragazza di Settembre - Ketty - 2016

Plant IC - Equisetum arvense

  La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Ottobre - Anna Rita - 2016

Plant CI - Sophora tetraptera

  Er - Das Herrenmagazine - 2016

Plant CXI - Trigonella foenum graecum

  La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Aprile - Anne - 2016

Plant CXXV - Mimosa saman

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglio - Ilona - 2016

Plant CXLI - Agapanthus umbellatus

  Lui - Juliette - 2016

Plant CIL - Mutisia grandiflora

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Maggio -Jeannie - 2016

Plant CXLIII - unidentified plant

  Lui - 2016

Plant CLVIII - Zamia horrida

  Lui - Joelle - 2016

Plant CLI - Verbesina gigantea

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Aprile - Laura - 2016

Plant CLIV - Saponaria porrigens

  Taiwan Playboy’s Playmate of the Month - Miss June - Brook Berry - 2016

Plant CLVI - Zamia cycladifolia

  Uomopiu’ - 2016

Plant CLXI - Pteris elegans

  La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Agosto - Jean - 2016

Plant CLXIII - Phaseolus lunatus

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Settembre - 2016

Plant CLXV - Oenanthe crocata

  Lorenza - 2016

Plant CLXXIV - Tounmefortia cymosa

  La Playmate del Mese di Playboy - Miss Giugno - Vicky Lynn Lasseter - 2016

Plant CLXXV - Dianthus fruticosus L.

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Febbraio - Vanessa - 2016

Plant CLXXVIII - Cannabis sativa

  Playboy’s Playmate of the Month - Miss May - Janice - 2016

Plant CLXXIX - Arachis hypogaea

  Playboy’s Playmate of the Month - Miss July - Carol - 2016

Plant CLXXXI - Brownea leucantha

  Playboy’s Playmate of the Month - Miss July - Heather - 2016

Plant CLXXX - Abies mas

  Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglio - Laurence - 2016