The gardens at the Creation Museum are in beautiful bloom and so are many flowers in our own backyards. There is much teaching and discussion about the evolution of animals and finding the “missing link,” but what about the origin of plants? Have you ever walked through a flower garden and been amazed by the great variety of flowers? Where did these beautiful flowers come from? How did it happen? When did it happen?
In the evolutionary story, plants arrived late in earth history. The first fossils of plants are supposed to be 475 million years old. Evolutionists generally agree that plants evolved from algae that slowly began to colonize the land. This could not have occurred until after there was an intact ozone layer to protect the plants from some of the atmosphere’s harmful UV rays. Plants had to adapt to the new landscape by developing systems to prevent drying out in the air, to absorb nutrients from the soil, to grow upright without the support of water, and to reproduce on land.
All of these new features required new genetic information to code for their production. Where could this new information have come from? Mutations have never been shown to provide new information. While plants do have many adaptations that allow them to be successful on land, these features could not have developed through evolution. Instead, we can better understand plant features as having been designed by God. Plants were created on Day 3 of Creation Week, and some were put into the amazing garden that Adam and Eve were to tend. The millions of varieties of plants on the earth today have descended from the beautiful original plant kinds that God created.
If you have a botanical garden near your home, go visit it this summer. You will be amazed at the variety of plants God created!