In the 1920’s and 30’s, the renowned Russian botanist Nikolai Vavilov travelled the globe gathering specimens and studying the techniques of traditional farmers. The collection he built at the Institute of Plant Industry in Leningrad is the envy of the world. But Stalin’s growing support for a pseudo-science called Lysenkoism and the coming Nazi invasion threaten to destroy Vavilov and everything he has created.
Winter, 1941. A year has passed since Vavilov’s sudden disappearance. Deep in underground vaults, as war rages above them, a group of his colleagues risk their lives and sanity to protect his collection and reputation. Isolated and slowly starving, they are faced with profound issues of conscience and survival.
Vavilov’s Garden explores the collision of science and ideology, greed and sacrifice, in a fragile world teetering on the precipice.