“Visionary Gardeners” is a new 5-part television documentary in which innovative Canadian gardeners share their gardening stories will be premiering across Canada on Vision TV over 5 Monday nights beginning March 7, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET.
I review wine, hotels, restaurants, travel destinations and many things in between. In all these genres there is a creative soul creating a dream or fulfilling a vision. I appreciate and sense the passion. For example, having taken several media trips to cover wineries here in Canada and in Europe a consumer will see a bottle of wine and it goes down the hatch but having talked eaten and drank with owners, field workers, blenders and marketers there is far more than wine in a bottle. There is love and passion creating a product as there is love and passion in gardening.
So when I saw the first episode of “Visionary Gardeners” called “Seeds and Time” I see not so much mindful gardeners but visionaries creating their gardens with a passion and their own ideology. And their ideology is precious and should be heard.
Being an urbanite in Toronto I have a small backyard I have been cultivating over the last couple of decades. I would not consider myself a gardener but I till and prepare the soil and spend hours weeding. I grow herbs with great success understanding what works in clay soil and what works in pots. And throughout the cold months I enjoy with pride my herbs particularly the 20 bags of pesto I made with my sweat. I have other plants but my basil, oregano, savory, thyme, tarragon, lemongrass and chives are my gardening passion however inglorious as that may be. But that straggling passion enables me to connect with former punk rocker Paul Spriggs who climbs Vancouver Island mountains to collect seeds and grow them in rock gardens at sea level. Then there is David Young in Georgian Bay who recreates original vegetation on massive slabs of glacial rocks. They have deep thoughts on their passion and how it connects them with nature. Intriguing. As for me getting hot and sweaty so I can use my herbs in my cooking throughout the year may not be so philosophical but my pastas with homegrown herbs is my connection with nature and I am damn proud about it!
So pardon my diversion but watch episode # 1 and in half an hour you’ll get a couple of lifetimes of passion distilled Coles Notes fashion.
So you say you are not a gardener? But aren’t we all gardeners of some sort metaphorically as we plant seeds in our life and watch them grow? I love my spaghetti sauce with herbs more than caviar. Why? Because I made them with my own hands.
I have many readers ex-Canada which means they can’t access the series just yet until out of Canada distribution deals are struck. At least for Canadians following each episode will stream free for two weeks after the episode airs on television at www.visiontv.ca
You can see the trailer for the series here https://www.visionarygardeners.ca/news/world-premiere-on-visiontv
Not a gardener well the cinematography so far has been stunning!