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August 21, 2016

Garden Story e01

PBS USA 2007

"Garden 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.

A poet of the Harlem Renaissance, Anne Spencer was also an avid gardener who received creative inspiration and rejuvenating energy from her garden. What most would consider an ordinary plot of land in an urban setting, Spencer regarded as a natural extension of her artistic endeavors. This episode explores in detail how Spencer designed her garden and how in turn it influenced the themes and language of her poetry. It also depicts the rich social and cultural life that centered in her garden, which served as an outdoor gathering place for family, neighbors, and visitors to the Spencer household.


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