During a research project with a group of primary school children, we asked why animals were more liked than plants. “Because animals live,” was the answer. … Shocking. Do we humans sometimes really think that plants are lifeless things? That tendency seems larger than we realize. Redefine the terms with which we describe ourselves as living and plants can do more than we think. The year 2020 at the Hortus Amsterdam will therefore be dominated by Brilliant Plants.