Released in 1976, the album was originally a giveaway promotion for a Los Angeles plant store.
Garson recorded the LP using an early Moog synthesizer in 1976 with the idea that it could help plants grow. It was originally given away at the Mother Earth plant shop in Los Angeles (and at Sears, if you bought a Simmons mattress). Sacred Bones describes it as "bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly and decidedly unscientific."
Garson was a pop studio musician who encountered Robert Moog's then-newly invented synthesizer at the Audio Engineering Society’s West Coast convention in 1967. Original copies of Plantasia sell for hundreds of dollars, and a recent Kickstarter page raised $9000 to produce a documentary about the record.
"My dad would be totally pleased to know that people are really interested in this music that had no popularity at the time," Garson's daughter told Sacred Bones. "He would be fascinated by the fact that people are finally understanding and appreciating this part of his musical career that he got no admiration for back then."
Listen to the LP.
02. Symphony For A Spider Plant
03. Babys Tears Blues
04. Ode To An African Violet
05. Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos
06. Rhapsody In Green
07. Swingin Spathiphyllums
08. You Dont Have To Walk A Begonia
09. A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair
10. Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant
Sacred Bones will reissue Mother Earth's Plantasia on June 18th, 2019.