Garden Story: Episode 3 - The Garden as Exploration in Creativity| 26mins
Director: Bill Reifenberger | Producer: Bill Reifenberger
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
The Ashintully episode is the story of one man, composer John McLennan, and his conviction that his happiness and peace could be found in a place, his birthplace high on a ridge in the Berkshires. His family's elegant mansion was lost in a dramatic blaze in 1952. Only after it was destroyed did McLennan begin work on a garden surrounding the farmhouse and barn in the forest below. The creation of the garden and McLennan's ultimate desire to preserve it as his legacy is the story of one man's discovery of peace through the creative process of working closely with nature. The garden that remains is a palpable expression of serenity and joy and embodies McLennan's exploration of the relationship between the arts of music and garden design. Katharine McLennan, the composer's widow, leads host Rebecca Frischkorn on a tour of the garden, and eminent composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, the composer's friend, discusses the relationship between McLennan's music and his garden. â€œGarden Story" is a documentary series depicting the extraordinary power of gardens to transform our lives and strengthen our communities. Ten engaging episodes filmed across America profile a wide variety of remarkable gardens. Some are creating positive social change in our cities, while others are protecting our natural environment. Among the exceptional gardens featured are therapeutic gardens providing healing and stress reduction in medical facilities, community gardens renewing urban neighborhoods, a teaching garden for inner-city children, a world-famous botanical garden supporting a global agenda of environmental stewardship, and a wet-lands habitat garden preserving endangered species in a rare mountain ecosystem. "Garden Story" challenges common perceptions of what defines a garden and explores the many different roles that gardens play in today's world.