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Get the Gardening Bug

By Sharon Weinberg

For avid gardeners, floral dabblers, and armchair observers, here are some cinematic recommendations that have more blooms than weeds.

  • Greenfingers

    2001

    Loosely inspired by a true story, via an experimental program, prisoners become award-winning gardeners. To date, Clive Owen has not done a lot of comedy. This peaks my interest. Then, Helen Mirren giving out gardening advice, I find that oddly amusing.

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  • A Little Chaos

    A female landscape artist gets a commission to design a garden in King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. Why watch this small gem? The talented Kate Winslet plays a nonconformist working in a male dominated profession. Alan Rickman, besides directing and co-writing the script, is an excellent Louis XIV. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (who I love to see on screen and always muddle his name), plays a young, romantic version of landscape artist Andre Le Notre. The story is much fictionalized and thus quite diverting.

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  • A Man Named Pearl

    2008

    For anyone ever fascinated by topiary, this is for you. Yet, this doc about Pearl Fryar is much more. It leaves a lasting message of hope and peace.

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  • Rosemary & Thyme: Complete Collection

    2011

    When murder is afoot, these expert gardeners have a knack for digging up clues. A cozy mystery series that is a perennial favorite of mine, I wish that it ran for more than three seasons.

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  • Saving Grace

    2000

    A fifty-something widow (Brenda Blethyn), facing financial crisis, puts her renowned green thumb to work on a little illegal type of blossom. Here is some trivia; Martin Clunes' character in this movie inspired his Doc Martin TV series.

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  • The Secret Garden

    A troubled orphan, a neglected garden, and an enduring friendship blooms. Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa), this is a sensitive adaptation of the classic novel and cinematic magic for all ages. Moreover, there is the awesome Maggie Smith.

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  • This Beautiful Fantastic

    2017

    A young woman suspicious of outside elements must conquer her inhibitions and her unruly garden. After watching this, I thought that there might be a modicum of hope for my own disastrous garden.

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  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit

    2006

    Vegetable gardening, hungry rabbits, and a giant mysterious carrot stalker—Bunnicula (vampire bunny) hop aside. Enjoy this award winning animation feature from Aardman Studios.

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