Anna Laurent is a flora-focused writer and photographer. After studying biological anthropology and literature at Harvard University, she worked in documentary filmmaking before moving to Los Angeles, where she became dedicated to exploring the botanic diversity of Southern California. She collects and photographs seed pods around the United States and abroad, partnering with botanical gardens and arboreta to expand the project. She is contributing editor to Garden Design magazine, where she wrote two weekly columns: Art & Botany and Botanic Notables. Since 2010 she has been a writer and producer for an ongoing documentary called The Iraqi Seed Project, about heirloom species and economic botany in the Fertile Crescent. She currently lives in Los Angeles.