RKS Film: “Visionary Gardeners”: “Beauty and Delight”

The Canadian television series “Visionary Gardeners” is a five-part series premiering March 7, at 9 p.m. ET on Vision TV and it runs for 5 weeks in half hour segments. It features avid Canadian gardeners with their own vision of what a garden is. You may think the series is about them and their gardens and that is true and of course that is interesting particularly if you are gardener. But these episodes may spark a certain reaction on your part particularly about the artistic and intellectual thoughts behind the plants.

Episode 5 “Beauty and Delight” features the gardens of Brian Bixley from the Mulmur Hills about 90 minutes north of Toronto and Tom Hobbs of Langley, British Columbia. This will be the last episode of the series.

Brian Bixley

Of the 10 visionary gardeners featured in this series Bixley strikes me as the most intellectual considering himself an artist likening a garden to a novel as with gardens and novels they are subject to different interpretations. Bixley strives to “please the reader”. He makes a comparison of a garden to poetry.

Tom Hobbs

Hobbs on the other hand is a businessman operating a nursery for decades with a reputation as a floral designer. He is truly an artist but never says as much.

Both Hobbs and Bixley developed a passion for gardens at a very young age and Bixley reminisces viewing a garden and walking a hedge maze as a child so for him a garden is a variable of memory.

You needn’t be a gardener to enjoy this episode or for that matter the entire series. If you have a passion you often have a vision whether it be gardening or cooking! There is a universal quality to vision and this series focuses on gardening. Certainly you must have a vision about your passions!

If you are not a gardener and have no visions in your life you’ll enjoy the crisp and beautiful cinematography and the musical score is so relaxing.

Episode # 5 airs on April 7th at 9 p.m. on Vision TV but if you miss it don’t fret as it will run for two weeks for Canadians after the episode free at www.visiontv.ca.  “Visionary Gardeners” is a series from filmmakers Ian Toews and Mark Bradley of Victoria, British Columbia based 291 Film Company.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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