Winnipeg In Bloom


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Transcript:
YOU DO IT BECAUSE
THIS IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DO, YOU NEED TO DO IT.
A GARDEN IS A GIFT THAT YOU CAN GIVE
TO OTHER PEOPLE AND TO YOURSELF.
A GARDEN IS A PLACE WHERE THE HUMAN SOUL
AND THE EARTH CONNECT.
IF I WAS TO ABSOLUTELY LET GO,
MY PASSION FOR GARDENING WOULD BE ENDLESS.


(woman) PRODUCTION FUNDING FOR "WINNIPEG IN BLOOM"
IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE MEMBERS OF PRAIRIE PUBLIC.

(George Siamandas) IN GARDENS THROUGHOUT THE CITY,
FROM THE SMALL VEST POCKET GARDENS OF THE WEST END,
TO THE LARGE EXPANSIVE RIVERSIDE PROPERTIES OF THE LUSH SUBURBS,
WINNIPEG GARDENERS ENJOY ANOTHER BANNER YEAR OF BEAUTY.

WITH THEIR SMALL MIRACLES OF NATURE, WINNIPEG GARDENERS
ARE MAKING THE WORLD A SWEETER PLACE, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME.

AN ANCIENT CHINESE PROVERB SAYS:
"IF YOU WOULD BE HAPPY FOR A WEEK, TAKE A WIFE,
IF YOU WOULD BE HAPPY FOR A MONTH, KILL YOUR PIG,
BUT IF YOU WOULD BE HAPPY FOR A LIFETIME, PLANT A GARDEN."

GARDENING IS VERY IMPORTANT
TO MY WELL-BEING.
IT GIVES ME PEACE, CREATIVITY,
AND JUST A FEELING OF
EXHILARATION WHEN I AM WALKING AROUND MY YARD
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AND LAST THING IN THE EVENING.
MY GARDEN IS OVER AN ACRE
FROM THE FRONT RIGHT DOWN TO THE RIVER.
MY FAVOURITE AREA IN MY GARDEN WOULD BE MY GAZEBO
WHERE I HAVE MY COFFEE AND READ MY PAPER EVERY MORNING.
AND MY SECOND FAVOURITE WOULD BE THE RIVERBANK
WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN AND FRIENDS
HAVING A GLASS OF WINE, LIGHTING THE FIRE.
THAT MARSHMALLOW LOOKS REALLY GOOD.
[birds singing]

(Deb Askin) I LOVE GARDENING BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF PEACE.
IT GIVES U A SENSE OF CREATIVI.
IT'S AN OPPORTUNITYO
NURTURE THINGS, HELP THEM GRO.
IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY SORT OF BE ONE WITH NATURE.
TO MEET FOLKS, TO BE OUT IN THE FRONT YARD,
AND TO HAVE PEOPLE COME BY AND ASK QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE GARDEN IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THRILLS THAT I HAVE.
SO FOR THAT REASON I HAVE CHOSEN FIRST AND FOREMOST
TO SPEND MY TIME IN THE FRONT YARD IN THE GARDEN.
SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO APPRECIATE
WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES TO BE OUT IN THE GARDEN
UNTIL YOU'VE HAD A REALLY DIFFICULT DAY.
THE MORNINGS HERE ARE GLORIOUS.
YOU CAN SMELL THE DEW,
AND YOU REALLY HAVE A SENSE OF JUST WHAT KIND OF,
SORT OF TROPICAL PARADISE CAN BE CREATED, EVEN IN WINNIPEG.
WHEN CHILDREN COME TO THE YARD TO VISIT, THAT'S THE FIRST PLACE
THAT WE TAKE THEM IS TO THE HERB GARDEN,
AND THEY TASTE DIFFERENT THINGS. IT'S REALLY AMAZING.
YOU NEED TO BE WILLING TO JUST GO WITH WHAT NATURE OFFERS YOU
AND MAKE THEEST B THAT--
THAT'S WHAT MAKES A GOOD GARDENER.
FOR MENINRDIS REALLY ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF LIFE.
IT'S ABOUT SPRINGTIME, IT'S REALLY ABOUT BEGINNINGS.
IT REALLY DOES RENEW YOU.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT GARDENING
IS THE ABSOLUTE FEELING
OF BLISS THAT A PERSON GETS
WHEN THEY'RE ENGAGED. . .FULLY.
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING,
AND YOU LOOK OUTSIDE, AND IT JUST KIND OF
WELCOMES YOU AND BECKONS YOU OUT.
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO EXTRICATE MYSELF FROM THE GARDEN
AND HAVE TO GO TO WORK AND DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
THE TUPELOS IN THE BACK FRAME THE YARD.
THE TREES ARE AMAZING. THEY FRAME THE HOUSE.
THEY FRAME THE PROPERTY.
THEY PROVIDE US SHADE AND SHELTER.
A GARDEN TAKES CARE, AND IT'S A RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN A PERSON AND THE LAND.
HEALTH IS NOT DEFINED
BY NECESSARILY JUST PHYSICAL HEALTH.
IT'S PHYSICAL, IT'S EMOTIONAL, IT'S SPIRITUAL AS WELL.
AND THE GARDEN GIVES TO ALL THAT.
SO I WOULD THINK GARDENERS ARE, GENERALLY SPEAKING,
QUITE HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS.
LOVE AND PATIENCE ARE PROBABLY
THE 2 ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS! [chuckles]

(Linda Stilkowski) FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS I HAVE BEEN WRITING
THE GARDENING COLUMN FOR THE "FREE PRESS."
HAVING A NICE YARD
AND A NICE GARDEN REALLY HAS
ENHANCED MY LIFESTYLE.
I SPEND A LOT OF TIME OUT THERE.
IT'S VERY RESTFUL, IT'S GOOD EXERCISE FOR ME.
THERE'S SO MANY FRAGRANCES.
THERE'S THINGS THAT YOU JUST WANT TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH.
I ENJOY MY SURROUNDINGS.
I DON'T HAVE ANY DESIRE FOR A COTTAGE, AND I REALLY
DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY DESIRE TO GO AND TRAVEL MUCH ANYMORE.
I LOVE TO GET OUT THERE AS SOON AS THE SUN COMES UP,
AND IT'S JUST A WHOLE SENSE OF PEACEFUL CALM.
I THINK GARDENING OPENS UP OUR OWN PERSONAL BARRIERS
BECAUSE IT GIVES US SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH A STRANGER.
IT'S ACTUALLY BROUGHT ME TOGETHER
WITH A LOT OF MY NEIGHBOURS.
THEY HAVE A REASON TO STOP AND TALK TO ME.
I THINK THE WHOLE COMMUNITY
GARDENING THING TOOK OFF
PARTICULARLY ON ETHELBERT
IS BECAUSE THAT IS A LITTLE NEIGHBOURHOOD UNTO ITSELF.
REALLY WHAT THEY'VE DONE IS,
THEY'VE MADE THEMSELVES VERY SPECIAL AND RIGHTLY SO.
YOU KNOW, THAT'S A SPECIAL AREA OF WINNIPEG.
[chimes play softly]

(Carrie Yudai) AT THE FRONT THERE WAS NOTHING THERE, JUST GRASS,
AND I DECIDED TO JUST PLANT
SOMETHING ON THE BOULEVARD
SO THAT'S HOW IT STARTED.
EVERYBODY STARTED DIGGING THE BOULEVARD
AND STARTED PLANTING PERENNIALS.
AND ALSO GARDENING IS,
IT JUST BROUGHT US TOGETHER, THE WHOLE NEIGHBOURHOOD.
NOW AS YOU CAN SEE, THE BOULEVARD IS
LOOKING REALLY, REALLY NICE.
ETHELBERT IS THE BEST STREET IN THE CITY. [laughs]

[wind chimes ring]

I HAVE A CLAVIA, AND OH, I LOVE THAT PLANT.
THE BLOOMS ARE ORANGE, BRIGHT ORANGE.
AND THEY'RE JUST SPECTACULAR.
[wind chimes ring]
YOU PLANT WHATEVER YOU LIKE
AND IF IT SURVIVES, IT SURVIVES,
AND IF IT DOESN'T, THEN TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR.
WINNIPEG GARDENERS SHOULD BE PATIENT
AND NOT AFRAID TO KEEP ON TRYING NEW PLANTS.
WHEN I GO TO WORK IN THE MORNING, I WOULD LOOK AT THEM,
AND MY HUSBAND THINKS I AM CRAZY BECAUSE
I TRY AND TALK TO THEM TOO, YOU KNOW, SEE YOU LATER.
I DON'T SAY SEE YOU LATER
TO MY HUSBAND, BUT TO MY PLANTS!
BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL
REALLY GOOD AND RELAXED.
[birds sing]

(Alan Doerksen) MY GARDEN IS A WOODLAND GARDEN.
IT TRIES TO MIMIC WHAT
YOU WOULD FIND IN MANY AREAS
OF NORTH CANADA IN THE BOREAL FORESTS, VARIOUS ELEVATIONS,
SUNKEN AREA, RATHER THAN JUST ONE FLAT PLAIN.
AND OVER TIME I HAVE CREATED THIS LITTLE PARADISE
FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS.
GARDENING IS CRITICAL
TO MY WELL-BEING.
IN FACT, DURING MY TIME
IN THE CHURCH AS A MINISTER
IT WAS A PLACE OF GREAT REJUVENATION OF MY SOUL.
IT IS A PLACE OF TRANQUILITY AND PEACE.

WALKING IN THE GARDEN FOR ME JUST GIVES ME
JUST EXCITEMENT, JOY, ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE,
CONNECTS ME, GROUNDS ME.
TO WALK IN THE GARDEN IS JUST A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.
I THINK GARDENING IS RELATIONAL.
IT'S CONNECTING US TO THE EARTH.
A GARDEN IS A PLACE
WHERE THE HUMAN SOUL AND THE EARTH CONNECT.
I DISCOVERED MY ARTIST'S SOUL IN THE GARDEN.
IT'S A PLACE WHERE THE HUMAN CREATIVITY
FINDS EXPRESSION IN THE EARTH-- THAT'S A GARDEN.
THE PLANT THAT RIGHT NOW IS IN FLOWER THAT'S MY FAVOURITE
IS CALLED MEADOWSWEET,
AND IT HAS THIS BEAUTIFUL PINK PUFFY KIND OF BLOOM,
AND IT'S JUST SO DELICATE AND YET SO VIBRANT IN COLOUR.
I TELL PEOPLE PLANTS ARE LIKE PEOPLE,
AND THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT GROWTH
IS THE GROWTH YOU DON'T SEE, WHICH IS THE ROOTS.

(Christine Tretiak Kydon) I REMEMBER MY MOTHER'S GARDEN IN NEW JERSEY.
SHE GREW A LILY WHICH WAS CALLED BLACK BEAUTY.
I WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED
BY THE FACT THAT
OUT OF THIS LITTLE SPROUT
THAT LOOKS LIKE ASPARAGUS,
THIS SPECTACULAR FLOWER EVOLVED.
I'M A GARDENER BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS LIKED COLOUR,
FORM, SHAPE, AND I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE WAY
OF EXPRESSING THOSE FEELINGS AND IMAGES.
MY PASSION OF ALL THE FLOWERS
THAT I HAVE GROWN HAS
NARROWED DOWN TO LILIES,
AND THE REASON IS THAT THEY ARE SPECTACULAR,
EXOTIC, SOME OF THEM VERY FRAGRANT.
[orchestra plays softly]

I PLANTED EVERYTHING ORIENTED TOWARDS THE HOUSE
SO AS I COME OUT, I WANT TO LOOK AT IT.
I ENJOY SHOWING PEOPLE THE GARDEN.
IT'S SATISFYING TO HAVE PEOPLE STOP AND ADMIRE IT.


(Lora Schroeder) THIS IS THE HOME THAT MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER LIVED IN
AND ALSO MY AUNT AND UNCLE SO I HAVE MEMORIES OF COMING HERE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT GARDENING
IS ACTUALLY THE PROCESS OF DIGGING IN THE DIRT.
I LOVE WEEDING, AND, IN FACT,
MY FRIENDS ACCUSE ME
OF WEEDING THEIR GARDENS,
AND TRUTHFULLY, I DO.
IT WAS JUST THIS LITTLE CORNER THAT FIRST YEAR,
AND EVERY YEAR THE GARDEN GREW.
IT'S GROWN REALLY ORGANICALLY, AND AS WE'VE HAD MORE TIME,
THE GARDEN EVENTUALLY HAS BECOME ONE GARDEN.
IF YOU COME UP THIS SIDEWALK,
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO DISCERN WHOSE GARDEN IT IS.
IT'S A SHARED GARDEN.
IT'S A REALLY FRONT STREET KIND OF A NEIGHBOURHOOD
AND LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE OUT WALKING.
THEY'RE OUT RIDING BIKES WITH THEIR KIDS.
WE'VE BECOME A REAL LANDMARK FOR THE CHILDREN IN THE AREA.
THEY KNOW THAT THEY CAN RIDE UP TO THE GARDEN YARD
AND WAIT FOR THEIR PARENTS TO CATCH UP.
I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY
BECAUSE OF THE GARDEN.
I THINK THE THING THAT MY DAUGHTERS, EMMA AND KATE,
ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE GARDEN IS THE FLOWERS
AND BEING ABLE TO GO IN THERE AND PICK BOUQUETS.
YOU WANNA COME AND GET ONE?
THE GARDEN HAS GROWN TO REALLY ENCOMPASS
THE SIDEWALK, OR EVEN THE STREET.
WE'VE TAKEN OUT ALL THE GRASS IN THE BOULEVARD AND PUT IN
A PRAIRIE WILDFLOWER MIX WHICH IS FILLED WITH BACHELOR BUTTONS
AND POPPIES AND THERE'S SOME CALENDULA AND DAISY.
[piano plays softly]

(George Siamandas) LONG AGO BEFORE HUMAN GARDENERS,
NATURE WAS THE PRAIRIE'S GARDENER.
AND WHAT NATURE SOWED WAS THE TALL GRASS PRAIRIE,
AT ONE TIME 1-1/2 BILLION ACRES OF GRASSES AND WILDFLOWERS.
ONE SMALL 32-ACRE PATCH SURVIVES IN THE WEST PART OF WINNIPEG,
THE LIVING PRAIRIE MUSEUM.

ONE OF THE EARLIEST EXPRESSIONS OF THE GARDENS
ESTABLISHED BY THE FIRST SETTLERS
IS AT CAPTAIN KENNEDY HOUSE ON RIVEAD.O

(Shannon Senavitch) CAPTAIN KENNEDY WAS AN EXPLORER.
HE WORKED FOR HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY.
HE WAS A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
AS WELL AS A TOWNSMAN IN ST. ANDREWS.
THESE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS WERE BUILT IN THE 1920s
AND ARE INDICATIVE OF A NONFARMING FAMILY
IN ST. ANDREWS AT THAT TIME.
IT'S JUST A REALLY CALM,
RELAXING PLACE TO COME AND ENJOY THE SCENERY.
PEOPLE COME FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO VISIT THESE GARDENS.
WHEN I WALK THROUGH THESE GARDENS, I JUST FEEL AT PEACE
THEY'RE GORGEOUS, THEY MAKE ME SMILE EVERY MORNING
WHEN THE SUN IS COMING OFF THE RIVER.
IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL.

(George Siamandas) INCREASINGLY, RECOGNITION IS BEING GIVEN TO PRIVATE GARDENS
AND TO BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES
BY A GROUP CALLED TAKE PRIDE WINNIPEG.

TAKE PRIDE WINNIPEG IS A
PRIVATE, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
DEDICATED TO KEEPING THE CITY
OF WINNIPEG CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL.
ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS
IS OUR "WINNIPEG IN BLOOM" CONTEST.
WE HAD 485 PEOPLE PARTICIPATING SO BUSINESSES, RESIDENTIAL,
COMMUNITY EFFORTS LIKE CHURCHES AND PARKS AS WELL.
SOME OF OUR CONTESTANTS ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC THEY CALL US IN
JANUARY FOR THEIR ENTRY FORMS,
AND WE DON'T HAVE THEM
PRINTED YET! [hearty laugh]

WHEN PEOPLE FIND OUT THEY HAVE WON, THEY ARE VERY EXCITED.
THEY TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN THEIR GARDENING
SO TO BE RECOGNIZED IS A REAL SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR THEM.
A BEAUTIFUL CITY HELPS TO INSTILL A SENSE OF CIVIC PRIDE
IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND ALSO IS GREAT FOR TOURISM.
WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WILL ASK FOR OUR LIST OF ENTRIES
SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE VISITORS ON TOURS.
WE HAVE A LOT OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES THAT ARE ENTERED
INTO OUR CONTEST EVERY YEAR, AND THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL!
WATERFRONT DRIVE IN WINNIPEG IS JUST BEAUTIFUL,
A VERY NEW STREET,
AND THEY HAVE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB LANDSCAPING
AND PUTTING IN FLOWERS, AND IT'S JUST REALLY BREATHTAKING.
WHEN PEOPLE ARE WORKING DOWNTOWN, IT'S A GREAT WAY
TO JUST STEP AWAY FROM YOUR OFFICE FOR A LITTLE BIT
AND, YOU KNOW, STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES!
THERE'S ALSO A NATIONAL CONTEST
THAT WINNIPEG IS PART OF
CALLED "COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM,"
AND WINNIPEG CAPTURED THAT TITLE IN 2001.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR A CITY
TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL PARKS.
IT AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF LIFE.
A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THIS IS AT VIMY RIDGE PARK
AND SECONDLY, AT KILDONAN PARK.
AND OUR BOULEVARDS ARE JUST TEEMING WITH COLOURS
AND BEAUTIFUL DISPLAYS OF ANNUALS THROUGHOUT THE CITIES.
WE HAVE OVER 1400 BOULEVARD PLANTERS
AND BASKETS AND BEDS THROUGHOUT WINNIPEG.
THERE IS A NATIONAL "COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM" PROGRAM.
AND WINNIPEG HAS WON TWICE SINCE 1995.
IT MADE EVERYONE INVOLVED
IN THE "COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM" PROGRAM SO PROUD.
IT HAS BEEN HARDER TO MAINTAIN
PUBLIC OPEN LANDSCAPES IN RECENT YEARS.

THE LEVEL OF INTEREST THAT
SHOULD EXIST IN PUBLIC PLANTING
IN OUR CITY DOES NOT EXIST.
IT'S NOT THERE, AND IT HASN'T BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME.
THE PASSION'S HAS BEEN REPLACED
BY A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE BOTTOM LINE.
THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE, I BELIEVE, ON MUNICIPALITIES TO
NOT OVERSPEND, AND UNFORTUNATELY THE PUBLIC GARDENS,
PUBLIC PARKS, AND PUBLIC PLACES HAVE REALLY TAKEN THAT HIT.

(Colleen Kurlowich) THERE ARE MANY GARDENS AROUND THE CITY WHERE COMMUNITY GROUPS
HAVE BECOME INVOLVED IN TAKING CARE OF A PUBLIC PARK,
AND IN THOSE AREAS YOU SEE GENERALLY
A LOT MORE FLOWERS AND MORE PERSONAL CARE.

(Mary Popien) HERE AT MONTROSE SCHOOL WE SEE
A LONG DRIFT OF BLOOMING PLANTS.
THERE ARE MANY LILIES, THERE'S BERGAMOT,
THERE'S DAYLILIES, THERE IS RUDBECKIA,
AND WE HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF ROSE CAMPION WHICH LOOKS
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL IN THE FULL SUN ALONG A BUSY STREET.

WE'VE BEEN VERY LUCKY TO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM A PARK
WHERE WE ALSO CAN PLANT, AND WE HAVE FULL SUN THERE.
WE HAVE ACREAGE! [laughs]
THE SMALL PARK CONTAINS 6 ORNAMENTAL GARDENS.
WE HAVE ALMOST ALL PERENNIALS NOW,
AND THEY'RE DOING BEAUTIFULLY AFTER 6 YEARS.
SOMEBODY ACTUALLY ASKED ME IF I HAD GOTTEN INVOLVED
IN THE PARK AND HAD ORGANIZED THOSE GARDENS SO THAT I'D HAVE
A BETTER VIEW FROM MY HOME,
AND I THINK THAT PROBABLY IS
THE REASON I DID IT BECAUSE
I'M A VERY SELFISH PERSON!
[hearty laugh]
I'VE DONATED PROBABLY THOUSANDS OF HOURS
OF MY TIME DOING IT.
MY HUSBAND IS A GREAT SUPPORT TO ME WITH ANYTHING THAT I DO,
BUT IN THE GARDEN, HE IS MY SECRET WEAPON.
HE GIVES ME TOOLS
WHICH I ABSOLUTELY APPRECIATE MORE THAN JEWELRY.
IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD, THE CHILDREN
TEND TO CALL ME THE GARDEN LADY.
I FIND IT A COMPLIMENT.
I LOVE TO GARDEN BECAUSE IT'S PART OF WHO I AM,
WHO I'VE BEEN ALL MY LIFE.
GARDENING IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME AS A HUMAN BEING.
IT'S HELPED ME THROUGH TIMES WHEN I HAVE BEEN VERY ILL
AND THROUGH TIMES WHEN I'VE HAD A LOT OF PAIN.
I WOULD REALLY RECOMMEND IT AS A HEALING PLACE FOR ANYONE.
[dog barks]
[birds sing]
[acoustic guitar plays softly]

OUR GARDEN IS ALMOST
A WOODLAND TYPE OF GARDEN.
WE HAVE A LOW AREA
THAT WAS CLEARED OUT
BECAUSE WE WANTED TO SAVE THE TREES.
WE WERE ABLE TO DO SUNLIGHT PLANTS AS WELL AS SHADE PLANTS.
THE NATIVE PLANTS USUALLY SURVIVE AND DO VERY WELL.
WE HAVE 30 OR MORE NATIVE PLANTS
THAT HAVE EITHER STARTED HERE ON THEIR OWN,
BECAUSE OF THE SETUP OF THE LOT,
OR WE HAVE BROUGHT IN.
IT'S JUST WONDERFUL TO SEE HOW MUCH PROGRESS
A PLANT CAN MAKE IN A SINGLE DAY!


(Helen Ptaznik) THIS IS A VERY, VERY PEACEFUL GARDEN.
WHEN YOU COME THROUGH HERE, THE PATHS ARE SOFT.
IT'S COOL, IT'S SHADY,
AND YOU GET A SENSE YOU'RE IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PLACE.
THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN
COME IN THE MORNING
AND JUST NURTURE YOUR SOUL,
JUST SIT AND WATCH.

COMING TO THIS GARDEN IS AN INSPIRATION.
LOTS OF TOURISTS COME HERE,
PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF CANADA,
DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD,
AND THEY'RE IN AWE TO SEE WHAT KINDS OF THINGS
WE CAN GROW HERE BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT WE'RE A COLD, COLD CLIMATE
AND NOTHING REALLY GROWS HERE.
HERE AT THE ENGLISH GARDENS
AT THIS TIME OF YEAR IS A RIOT OF COLOUR.
[soft splashing]

(Maurice Larson) THE GARDENS ARE A PERFECT SPOT FOR
VISITORS TO COME AND EXPERIENCE
WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED OVER TIME
AS FAR AS OUR PLANT COMBINATIONS
AND PLEASING COMBINATIONS OF COLOURS, YELLOWS AND BLUES.

ONE OF THE PARTICULAR FAVOURITE AREAS OF THE GARDENS IS
THE RED GARDEN AND OUR USE OF RED AND BLACK,
WHICH THIS YEAR WE HAVE A BLACK PEONY POPPY
WHICH IS JUST ABSOLUTELY STUNNING,
AND THE COLOUR IS SO INTENSE, PEOPLE ARE AMAZED BY THAT.
(Helen Ptasznik) THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE IN WINNIPEG TO SEE A GARDEN.
THERE'S NOTHING ON THIS SCALE.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THIS GARDEN
AT A PERFECT TIME,
COME IN THE EVENING.
THERE AREN'T MANY PEOPLE.
THE SUN IS LOW, IT'S QUIET,
AND THAT'S WHEN THE SMELLS REALLY COME OUT.
I SEE YOUNG COUPLES IN THE GARDEN SITTING ON THE BENCHES.
THEY'RE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER RATHER THAN THE FLOWERS,
BUT YOU CAN TELL THEY'RE REALLY ENJOYING THE ATMOSPHERE,
THE AMBIENCE, THE QUIET, JUST THE GARDEN.
THEY'RE JUST DRINKING IN TRDENA

COME AND SMELL THE FRAGRANCE,
SEE THE CHANGE IN THE FLOWERS,
THE SHADING DURING THE DAY.
THERE'S JUST SO MUCH BEAUTY THAT YOU CAN OBSERVE.
ANOTHER THING THAT PEOPLE ARE FOND OF,
IT'S THE REMEMBRANCES OF THE GARDEN.
SO PEONIES MAY REMIND THEM OF THEIR GRANDMOTHER
AND THEIR DAYS WHEN THEY VISITED THE GARDEN TOGETHER.
SO WE'RE STRIVING TO HELP THEM RE-CREATE THOSE MEMORIES
AND GARDENS ARE A MEMORY.
EVERY DAY YOU SEE PEOPLE LEAVING THE GARDEN
WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE,
AND THEN WE FEEL THAT WE'VE DONE OUR JOB.


MOST OF THE GARDENERS
I KNOW ARE 99% WOMEN.
THE MEN LOVE TO TAKE PEOPLE
AROUND THEIR WIFE'S GARDEN,
BUT THEY'RE NOT REALLY INVOLVED IN THE GARDEN.
THOSE ARE ORIENTAL LILIES.
(Iris) I THINK FOR WOMEN,
IT GETS THEM INTO THEIR OWN LITTLE WORLD.
WHEN YOU'RE GARDENING,
YOU'RE TOTALLY IN YOUR OWN WORLD.
NOBODY MATTERS, NO PROBLEMS MATTER,
DOING SOMETHING YOU REALLY LOVE TO DO.
IF I WAS TO ABSOLUTELY LET GO,
MY PASSION FOR GARDENING WOULD BE ENDLESS.
I'D PROBABLY HAVE 5 ACRES AND EVERY YEAR
JUST KEEP GROWING ON THIS.
GARDENING IS SO POPULAR IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD.
ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS IS MY BEST FRIEND
ACROSS THE STREET, LYNN, AND MARINA ON THE SIDE,
BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, AND IT'S CREATED A WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP
BETWEEN THE 3 OF US.
AND WE TRADE PLANTS AND IDEAS,
AND WE REALLY BOUNCE OFF OF EACH OTHER
FOR DIFFERENT CREATIVE THINGS IN OUR GARDEN TOO.


GARDENERS ARE A GROUP OF PEOPLE
THAT ONCE THEY'RE INFECTED
BY THE BUG, THEY NEVER LOSE IT.
IT'S A HOBBY LIKE NO OTHER.
TODAY'S GARDENER SAYS MY GARDEN IS PART OF MY LIFE.
A TYPICAL GARDENER AT SHELL MORDEN'S
IN THIS PART OF WINNIPEG SPENDS
SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $250 TO $750.
THE HOTTEST PLANT THIS YEAR BY FAR
IS THE ENDLESS SUMMER HYDRANGEA.
MY FATHER TAUGHT ME HOW TO LOVE PLANTS
FROM A VERY, VERY EARLY AGE.
AND THAT'S A SPECIAL GIFT THAT I ONLY HOPE
I CAN PASS ON TO MY KIDS.

(Valerie Denesuik) MY FIRST MEMORY OF GARDEN AND GARDENING WAS VERY EARLY.
COMING DOWN THE HILL, THERE WAS THIS ROW OF HOLLYHOCKS
AGAINST THE WHITE STUCCO HO,
AND IT S JUST A BLAZE OF COL.
IT'S STILN MY MEMORY TOTALLY THE,
AND I JUST LOVE HOLLYHOS TO THIS DAY BECAUSE OF .

I HAVE BECOME MY BABA.
MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A GREAT GARDENER
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO GARDENING.

BECAUSE I HAVE A SMALL YARD,
I HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHAT'S THERE,
BUT MOST OF MY PLANTS ARE PERENNIALS OR SELF SEEDING.
A SPECIAL TIME IS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
TO GO OUT IN THE GARDEN TO SEE THINGS.
YOU TAKE THAT FIRST CUP OF COFFEE,
AND YOU WANDER AROUND IN YOUR HOUSECOAT,
AND YOU JUST LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT'S COME UP NEW OVERNIGHT.
[orchestra plays; birds sing]

I'VE HEARD THE EXPRESSION
THAT YOUR GARDEN IS ALWAYS A REFLECTION OF YOUR FRIENDS
BECAUSE THERE'S BITS AND PIECES OF THEM.
LEE, I FIND HER YARD INTERESTING.
HERS IS LIKE, 10 TIMES BIGGER THAN MINE,
BUT SHE HAS THESE LITTLE ROOMS AND POCKETS.

NETTIE MELNYK HAS A MARVELLOUS GARDEN AND YARD
WITH AN EXPLOSION OF COLOUR LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE.

FRAN'S MY HERO BECAUSE SHE GARDENS
IN SUCH A CAREFREE MANNER
THAT YOU JUST GO IN THERE AND WALK THROUGH AND ENJOY IT,
AND SHE DOESN'T WORRY ABOUT THE RULES, JUST GARDENS.


[piano plays softly]

(Lillian Prud'homme) MY GARDEN GOT STARTED ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO
AS A THERAPEUTIC ENDEAVOUR.
MY GARDEN IS EVERYTHING
TO MY WELL-BEING.
IT IS MY DRAGON BOAT RACE.
I WAS CONVALESCING FROM AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS ILLNESS
WHEN I GOT STARTED GARDENING, AND I'VE BEEN GOING EVER SINCE.
GARDENING IS A SOLITARY ENTERPRISE.
YOU FIND YOUR OWN PEACE OF MIND
AND PEACE OF SOUL WHILE YOU GARDEN.
THE MOST NOTICEABLE THING IN MY GARDEN THESE DAYS ARE
THE MONKSHOOD WHICH HAVE GROWN TO ABOUT 7 FEET IN HEIGHT,
ABSOLUTELY STUPENDOUS.
GUERRILLA GARDENING IS ABOUT
FINDING PLACES TO PUT PLANTS
ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE
INCLUDING OTHER PEOPLE'S--
BEHIND THEIR GARAGE,
NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOUR'S YARD.
IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO INSTILL GARDENING
INTO A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE.
THE GARDEN KEEPS YOU HOPPING,
IN THAT, YOU PUT A PLANT SOMEWHERE,
AND EVENTUALLY IT TELLS YOU IT DOESN'T LIKE TO BE THERE.
SO ALL PLANS THAT ARE MADE IN ADVANCE
ARE USUALLY BROKEN BY THE PLANT ITSELF.
WHEN I WALK OUT IN THE EVENING,
I USUALLY GO TO TAKE A LOOK
OF THE ENTIRE PANORAMA OF THE GARDEN.
IT GIVES ME A GREAT FEELING.
AND I ALWAYS SEE IT FROM WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE LOOKING AT
WHEN THEY GO BY, BECAUSE THEY DO LOOK,
AND A LOT OF PEOPLE GO BY.
I'VE HEARD MEN DRIVE BY AND SCREAM "FABULOUS GARDEN!"

I THINK I BECAME A GARDENER
FOR AN ESCAPE FROM PRESSURE.

A GARDEN IS A SANCTUARY.
IT'S A WAY OF CONNECTING WITH NATURE.
IT MAKES ME FEEL AT PEACE.
WHEN I WAS ABOUT 4 OR 5,
I WAS IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN,
FLOWERS ABOVE MY HEAD, BEES BUZZING,
AND THE FRAGRANCE WAS WONDERFUL,
AND I THINK I GARDEN TO RECAPTURE THAT,
THAT SENSE OF ONENESS WITH THE WORLD.
WHEN WE FIRST MOVED HERE,
MY GIRLFRIEND WHO IS A GARDENING BUDDY OF MINE LOOKED AT ME,
SHOOK HER HEAD AND SAID, YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY.
HOW CAN YOU GARDEN WITH THESE TREE ROOTS,
WITH THESE HUGE TREES, WITH THIS SWAMP, WITH THIS CLAY.
YOU HAVE TO BE NUTS!

MY FAVOURITE FLOWERS ARE FRAGRANT ONES, AND I THINK
IT'S BECAUSE I REMEMBER THE WONDERFUL SWEET FRAGRANCE
IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN WHEN I WAS SO LITTLE.
I LIKE THINGS THAT SEEM AND FEEL AGELESS.
THE ROSES I GROW ARE OLD ROSES,
BUT THEY ALL HAVE FRAGRANCE.
I GROW LILIES BECAUSE OF THEIR FRAGRANCE.
ANOTHER PLANT THAT I REALLY LOVE ARE CLEMATIS.
THEY HIDE A LOT OF UNSIGHTLY WALLS.
THEY HAVE A BRILLIANCE OF COLOUR THAT IS PROBABLY UNEQUALLED.
IN FACT, THEY'RE CALLED THE QUEEN OF VINES.
I THINK A GOOD GARDENER HAS TO ACCEPT SERENDIPITY.
I THINK IF YOU TRY TO CONTROL
EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN A GARDEN,
YOU BECOME VERY FRUSTRATED
SO I THINK YOU HAVE TO ALLOW NATURE TO TAKE ITS COURSE.


(Bob Everitt) I'M A GARDENER BECAUSE
I NEED THE RELAXATION.
MY JOB IS VERY BUSY,
AND I JUST RELAX IN THE GARDEN
AND HAVE A LOT OF FUN.
(Bill Grindell) I'M A GARDENER BECAUSE
OF THE SENSE OF PEACE
AND FULFILLMENT THAT THOSE
KIND OF ACTIVITIES GIVE ME.
(Bob) BILL AND I GARDEN TOGETHER,
AND THAT'S BEEN VERY FULFILLING.
(Bill) I THINK MY LOVE OF GARDENING CAME FROM MY AUNT.
SHE LOVED TO GARDEN AND INSTILLED
THAT LOVE OF THE EARTH IN ME.
I THINK THAT SO MANY WOMEN ARE GARDENERS
BECAUSE OF THEIR TRADITIONAL KINDS OF CARING ROLES,
AND GARDENING IS VERY MUCH AN EXPERIENCE IN CARING
AND WATCHING THINGS GROW AND BEING PATIENT.
(Bob) MY FAVOURITE AREA OF OUR GARDEN IS THE FRONT STAIRS.
IT'S BECOME ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SPOTS
OF THE GARDEN, AND WE INTRODUCED ROCKS WITH LICHEN INTO IT.
(Bill) MY FAVOURITE AREA OF THE GARDEN IS THE SIDE GARDEN
WITH THE GRAVEL PATH,
THE SENSE OF TIGHTNESS AND CLOSENESS IN THERE
AND THE PLAY OF THE LIGHT AND SHADOW
ESPECIALLY LATE IN THE DAY GIVES A FEELING OF REAL TRANQUILLITY.
(Bob) AND A BIT OF AN ASIAN AESTHETIC AS WELL.

AROUND 6, 7 O'CLOCK IS WONDERFUL
BECAUSE YOU GET THE LONG, EXTENDED SHADOWS.



MY GARDEN IS,
IT'S LIKE AN EXTENDED ROOM.
OFF OUR FAMILY ROOM.
I LIKE THE DECK THE BEST AND JUST KINDA GAZING AROUND
AND ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF MY LABOR.
THIS YEAR I AM HAPPIEST WITH THE HANGING BASKETS,
AND THE SUMMER GLOW IS A NEW PLANT I GOT THIS YEAR,
AND IT'S BEEN VERY PROLIFIC AND DONE VERY WELL.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ANNUALS, YOU CAN PICK UP
SO MANY DIFFERENT FLOWER VARIETIES.
THE COLOR IS FANTASTIC.
YOU CAN CHANGE THE COLOR OF YOUR GARDEN EVERY YEAR IF YOU WANT.
THIS YEAR I'VE GONE TO MOSTLY PINKS AND WHITES.
JUST MAKES YOU REALIZE THAT THERE'S MORE TO LIFE
THAN ROARIN' DOWN THE HIGHWAY
AND ROARIN' DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE.

[birds sing]

I GOT STARTED IN GARDENING
BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING
FOR A WAY TO BE CREATIVE
AND ALSO A WAY TO BE PHYSICAL.

GARDENING GIVES A PERSON AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE AN ARTIST.
WHEN I GO OUT INTO THE GARDEN IN THE MORNING
AND THE BIRDS ARE CHIRPING,
THE WORLD JUST SEEMS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
AND THERE'S A LOT OF SERENITY AND HOPEFULNESS,
AND IT'S A LOVELY WAY TO START OFF THE DAY.

MY FAVOURITE PLANT IS THE ROSE CALLED PRAIRIE JOY.
ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT GARDENING IS
PATIENCE AND TO LOVE THE UNEXPECTED BECAUSE
YOU NEVER KNOW HOW THINGS ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO GROW.
GARDENING IS A LOT OF LUCK.
THERE'S SOME SKILL, BUT A LOT OF LUCK,
AND YOU HAVE TO BE AN OPTIMIST.

(Carol Carlson) I'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GARDEN TOURS FOR 6 YEARS.
IT WAS MAINLY TO SEE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S YARDS, TO GET IDEAS.
THERE'S NO END TO THE FUN ON THE GARDEN TOUR.
AND EVERYBODY ENJOYED IT.
YOU WILL SEE GARDENS
OF ALL TYPES ON THE GARDEN TOUR
FROM ABSOLUTELY, MAGNIFICENT,
PERFECTLY LAID OUT EXPANSIVE GARDENS TO ONE GARDEN--
IT WAS THE TINIEST FRONT YARD YOU COULD POSSIBLY COME ACROSS.

GARDENS ARE A GREAT INSIGHT INTO PEOPLE'S PERSONALITIES
'CAUSE I THINK PEOPLE KEEP THEIR GARDENS
THE WAY THEY KEEP THEIR HOUSE.
I'M TALKING ABOUT WOMEN NOW. [laughs]
THE WOMEN I KNOW WHO GARDEN,
THEIR GARDENS ARE THE SAME AS THEIR HOUSE.
THEY'RE EITHER NEAT AND TIDY, OR THEY'RE SHABBY,
OR THEY'RE OVERGROWN AND MESSY,
AND THAT'S HOW THEY KEEP THEIR HOUSE--
EXACTLY HOW THEY KEEP THEIR GARDEN.
I REMEMBER WHEN MY MOTHER USED TO PLANT PETUNIAS AND GERANIUMS,
AND THOSE WERE THE ONLY 2 FLOWERS SHE EVER PLANTED,
AND I SAID I WOULD NEVER PLANT THEM. . .BUT I DO.
I THINK THAT EVERY GOOD WOMAN GARDENER NEEDS A GOOD MAN
WHO SAYS "YES, DEAR," WHO WILL DO THE HARD WORK,
THE SHOVELING, THE BUILDING.
IT'S NICE TO HAVE A "YES, DEAR," IN YOUR LIFE.

MY GARDEN'S PROBABLY
A REAL CASUAL FUN GARDEN
AND LOTS OF ART IN IT.
AS AN ARTIST, I FEEL THAT MY GARDEN IS ACTUALLY
AN EXTENSION OF MY LIVING SPACE IN THE HOME,
AND I DO LIKE TO PUT MY ART AND OTHER FRIENDS' ART
INTO THE GARDEN TO ENJOY IT THERE.
WE'RE TALKING A REAL VARIETY OF ART.
SOME OF IT IS JUST REALLY FUN,
AND SOME OF IT IS JUST FROM FOUND OBJECTS
THAT WE'VE TURNED INTO ART,
THAT WAS REALLY NOTHING TILL WE PUT IT INTO THE GARDEN.
I THINK GARDENING IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME.
I GO OUT THERE AND JUST
LOSE TRACK OF TIME AND MYSELF IN THE GARDEN.
BEING ON A RIVER,
IT'S A GREAT ASSET BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A COTTAGE,
SO THIS HOME TO US IS, IN FACT, LIKE A COTTAGE TO US.
I JUST FEEL VERY RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE
WHEN I DO WALK AROUND MY GARDEN.
IT'S ALSO REALLY REWARDING WHEN FRIENDS COME BY,
AND THEY GIVE YOU ALL THESE COMPLIMENTS
ABOUT HOW GREAT THE GARDEN LOOKS.

I GUESS THE ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO UP-AND-COMING GARDENERS
IS TO THINK OF KIND OF LIKE
LEAF SHAPE, LEAF COLOUR, TEXTURE
AND THEN THE FLOWER AFTER,
BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR GARDEN IT SHOULD BE
PRETTY AND COLOURFUL WHEN IT'S NOT EVEN IN BLOOM.
AND THAT COMES FROM THE USE OF PERENNIALS.

THIS GARDEN HAS A KIND OF
CALMNESS AND STILLNESS TO IT.
IT HAS SEVERAL WATER FEATURES.
IT'S VERY QUIET,
AND IN THE MORNING YOU COME OUT,
AND YOU CAN FEEL THE PEACEFULNESS.
IT'S A VERY GOOD-FEELING GARDEN.
WE ADDED A CONTEMPLATIVE GARDEN THIS YEAR
AT THE BACK, WHICH I LOVE.

YOU CREATE SOMETHING
AND YOU CAN NURTURE IT AND WATCH IT GROW,
AND IT JUST MATURES SO QUICKLY.
THERE'S SUCH A GREAT SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT.
A GARDEN HAS TO SHOW A PERSON'S TOUCH.
IT HAS TO SHOW AN ARRANGING.
IT HAS TO SHOW SOMEONE HAS PUT SOMETHING INTO IT.
I DON'T COUNT GARDENS THAT LOOK LIKE
THEY'VE BEEN PUT IN BY MACHINE,
BUT IF THEY'VE BEEN ARRANGED SO THAT SOMEONE HAS
SPOKEN TO THAT PIECE,
THEN IT BECOMES A GARDEN.

[bees buzzing & birds singing]
YOU HAVE TO COME TO PEACE WITH YOUR GARDEN IN WINNIPEG.
YOU HAVE TO LEARN WHAT WORKS
IN THIS CLIMATE AND THEN
STICK WITH THAT, AND THEN IT
WILL TUMBLE OUT AND REWARD YOU.
MY FAVOURITE PLANT RIGHT NOW IS THE HOSTA.
THEY ARE LIKE LITTLE LACE PETTICOATS.
THEY FRAME THINGS SO BEAUTIFULLY,
AND THEY'RE SO SYMMETRICAL,
AND THEY'RE ALWAYS SO GREEN AND VOLUPTUOUS.
I LOVE THE HOSTA.

[Japanese koto music plays]

(Louisa Tavares) I HAVE CHOSEN THE BACKYARD AS MY JAPANESE THEME GARDEN.
IT IS A NICE SIZE FOR THAT
TYPE OF A THEME BECAUSE YOU HAVE
YOUR PAVILION FOR SITTING.
YOU HAVE YOUR WATER SITTING AROUND.
YOU HAVE YOUR WALKING PATHS OF STONE,
AND THEN YOU HAVE JUST YOUR BEDS OF TREES AND FLOWERS.

I JUST LOVE IT, I LOVE LOOKING AT
TEXTURES OF GREEN, DIFFERENT SHAPES.

WE DID HAVE A WALKING TOUR.
MY SISTER, MILOU,
SHE TOOK THE PLEASURE OF DRESSING UP IN A KIMONO
AND KIND OF TOURING PEOPLE AROUND.
I HAVE CREATED ON THE SIDE COURTYARD
MORE OF A EUROPEAN THEME WHICH, OF COURSE, IS WHERE I'M FROM.
THE FLOW IS LIKE YOU'RE GOING
FROM ONE PART OF THE WORLD TO THE OTHER.
SO IT BECOMES A VERY SMALL INTIMATE GARDEN BUT VERY SERENE,
VERY QUIET, AND THE SOUND OF THE WATER IS JUST WONDERFUL.
[water softly splashing]

I LOVE GARDENING,
AND MY FAVOURITE TIME IS ALWAYS EARLY IN THE MORNING.
THE BIRDS ARE JUST STARTING TO COME OUT.
THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL TIME BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LARGE POND.
IT'S A COMBINATION OF BIRDS, THE BEES,
AND THEY'RE ALL KIND OF SITTING AROUND THE WATER EDGE.
THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL TIME.



I LOVE GARDENING BECAUSE IT'S TOTALLY ENERGIZING,
AND AT THE SAME TIME IT'S
RELAXING AND PEACEFUL-MAKING.

I LIKE A GARDEN THAT'S OPEN AND FREE,
AND A WEED THAT COMES UP THAT'S REALLY INTERESTING,
I'LL LET IT BE JUST TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

A GARDEN IS A GIFT THAT YOU CAN GIVE
TO OTHER PEOPLE AND TO YOURSELF.
I LIKE TO SHARE IT WHICH IS WHY
I'VE GOT SO MANY GARDENS ON THE STREET.
WE GET A LOT OF STROLLERS, WALKERS-BY
FROM THE BDI ICE CREAM STORE.

I LOVE TO HAVE PEOPLE STOP AND LOOK AND COMMENT.
WELL, I GUESS MY VERY FAVOURITE FEATURE IN MY GARDEN IS
THE ELEPHANT THAT MY SON MADE.
ANOTHER FAVOURITE THING WOULD BE MY LITTLE ROUND GARDEN
WHICH IS FULL OF FANCIES, LITTLE THINGS.
I LOVE THE GARDEN!
I COME OUT AND WALK TO THE RIVER,
SEE WHAT'S GOING ON, CHECK THE POTS, THE PLANTS.
IF I HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE IN MY HAND,
IT VERY SOON GETS SET DOWN,
AND I FIND SOMETHING TO DO.
IT'S ENERGIZING, IT'S INTERESTING, IT'S NEW.
THE SOUNDS ARE WONDERFUL.
THE SECRET TO GARDENING IN WINNIPEG, I THINK,
IS TO START EARLY AND GET OUT THERE
BECAUSE IT'S NOT A VERY LONG SEASON.

[acoustic guitar plays softly]
(Daniel Monteiro) I BECAME A GARDENER.
I JOINED A VOLUNTEER GROUP
OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE
THAT WANTED TO DIE AT HOME.
AND IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME WATCHING THOSE PEOPLE,
BUT I SAW THAT THEY FORGOT WHAT THEY HAD,
WHAT KIND OF PAIN THEY HAD.
SO THAT'S WHERE THIS GARDEN BEGAN.

EVERY YEAR I CREATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT
OR I TEAR DOWN SOMETHING, AND I START ALL OVER AGAIN.

MY GRAPES, THEY CLOSE OUT THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
THIS IS WHAT MY YARD IS ABOUT.
[water softly splashing]

AND WITH THE WATER RUNNING FROM THE POND
I MIGHT EVEN THINK I'M BY THE OCEAN.
EVERY SECTION OF THE YARD HAS A DIFFERENT LOOK TO IT.
GARDENING IS VERY THERAPEUTIC FOR ME.
COMING OUT HERE AS FAR AS CLEARING MY HEAD,
AND AFTER A LITTLE WHILE, I FEEL FRESH.
IT'S WHERE I FEEL AT HOME.
I LOSE TIME WHEN I'M OUT HERE.


(Fanny Thorsteinson) I'VE BEEN A GARDENER SERIOUSLY ABOUT 3 YEARS.
MY HUSBAND WAS QUITE A GARDENER SO HE STARTED ME ON IT ACTUALLY,
BUT HE PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY,
AND I'M TRYING TO CARRY IT ON.
AND THAT'S WHY I CALL IT MY HEALING GARDEN
BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT'S BEEN.

I SIT OUT HERE A LOT.
I BRING MY TEA OUT AND SIT IN MY CHAIR.

MY GARDEN IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.
IT JUST FILLS ME WITH GOOD MEMORIES AND GOOD FEELINGS.
I KEEP TELLING PEOPLE
IT'S BETTER THAN PROZAC
OR ANY OF THESE THINGS. [laughs]
YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE IN A SAD STATE,
IT CERTAINLY CHEERS YOU UP!
[birds sing]






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