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I don’t have a green thumb—except when green ink gets on it—but I do fool around with gardening. I’m especially enthralled with nasturtiums. They’re fast-growing things that yearn up out of the pot and muscle themselves into thick, smooth limbs. Their broad, round leaves fix me with a featureless stare and a faint, reproachful nodding. (Is it the breeze, or are they moving?) They eke out a few blooms, like old men too feeble to shave, then wither and die. (Note to self: Plants like water.) It’s every plant for itself chez Winters, but author Michael Pollan says that some species of plants (potato, apple, tulip, and cannabis) seem to have manipulated humans into making them strong, fecund, and abundant. He discusses The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World at 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Free. For reservations call (703) 642-5173. (Pamela Murray Winters)