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July 2, 2012

recreating eden s02.

Recreating Eden is an award winning international lifestyle/documentary series that travels around the world to feature some of the world’s greatest private and public gardens and reveal the fascinating stories behind the gardeners who created them.

S02E01-Planting Peace
Captain Dick Steele creates a rhododendron paradise at Bayport Farm, Nova Scotia
Captain Steele believed that beauty has the power to transform us. After surviving two major wars as a Naval Officer, Steele rediscovered the beauty and serenity of earth through one of the world’s oldest plants - the Rhododendron. Now recognized as one of the great plant breeders in North America, Steele not only transformed Bayport Farm and nursery into a magnificent Rhododendron forest, he used the power and beauty of plants to transform lives.

S02E02-A Perfect Life
How Marjorie Harris' urban garden changed her life in Toronto, Ontario.
Marjorie Harris, best loved gardening author and editor-in-chief of Gardening Life Magazine credits the 19 x 100 foot plot of land behind her house in Toronto for changing her life. This extraordinary urban garden is recognized across the country for its beauty and lushness and has been a source of inspiration for much of Marjorie?s writing

S02E03-Garden of the Gods
Photographer, Freeman Patterson finds joy and healing in his garden in Shamper?s Bluff, New Brunswick and in Namaqualand, South Africa.
According to world-renowned Canadian photographer, Freeman Patterson "gardening is an act of creation and the primary responsibility of our lives is to be creative". Wherever he roams Patterson combines his love for gardening with his passion for photography. As we travel from Shamper?s Bluff, the beautiful river valley he calls home, to a wildflower reserve in Namaqualand, South Africa, where he regularly teaches photography seminars, we are invited to observe the beauty of nature which has brought joy and healing to Freeman?s life.

S02E04-A Tuscan Dream
Vancouver Restaurateur, Umberto Menghi discovers his own paradise at his vineyard Villa Delia, in the hills of Tuscany, Italy
Vancouver restaurateur Umberto Menghi has created his very own paradise in the form of a seventeenth century villa he has recently restored in his native homeland of Tuscany. Surrounded by miles of vineyards and olive trees, Villa Delia is a cooking school, a luxury resort and a second home for Umberto and his family and fulfills the dream of uniting his love of food and fine wine together with his love for the Tuscan countryside.

S02E05-A Garden Legacy
Canadian Writer, Wendy Thomas and Trevor Owen renovate the original garden of their ancestors at Park House on the Island of Mull.
For Canadian garden writer Wendy Thomas there is nowhere she would rather be than in her garden at Park House on the Island of Mull. After dedicating over five years of her life to fighting the ancient feudal system in Scotland so she and her partner could rightfully claim his family home, Wendy proudly maintains the garden with a great reverence for the work of those who have come before her.

S02E06-The Jurassic Gardener
Former CFL football player Gerry Herron trades in the fast life for the gardening life in Kelowna B.C.
Tired after years of living the fast life of socializing, traveling, and working around the clock, Gerry Herron, former football player with the BC Lions, decided to re-focus his energy into his own backyard. From what was once a shady gravel pit, Gerry has created an Eden that defies nature and breaks all rules of gardening.

S02E07-A Charmed Life
Thomas Hobbs creates beauty with orchids at his Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Thomas Hobbs began growing seeds at the age of five years old, owned his first greenhouse at the age of ten, and began breeding orchids by the time he was fourteen. Formerly the founder of the renowned "Thomas Hobbs Florist" in Vancouver, and author of the books "Shocking Beauty" and ?The Jewel Box Garden?, Thomas is now the proud owner of "Southlands Nursery", a nursery which he claims has enabled him to live a "charmed life". The nursery is the culmination of a lifetime of loving and growing plants, and from it Thomas proudly supplies gardens all over North America with his creations.

S02E08-Orchids in the Snow
Jason Lin and his family create a paradise of natural beauty in the midst of the prairie snow
This is an immigrant success story. The story of how a Taiwanese family followed their dream and established an orchid nursery in the most unlikely place: the prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jason Lin has built EverSpring Orchids into one of the largest suppliers of orchids in western Canada. World class orchid hybridizers, they?ve won every orchid competition that they?ve entered and have created an oasis of pure beauty

S02E09-The Garden that Love Built
The Abkhazi Gardens are the result of a passionate love affair between Prince Nicolas and Princess Peggy in Victoria, British Columbia
Princess Peggy and Prince Nicolas Abkhazi were long time friends whose relationship, due to life circumstances, was never permitted to go beyond the writing of letters. After the war though, their paths crossed once again, but this time resulted in deep found love and marriage, and a new life in Victoria BC where they created their own Eden. After the Abkhazi?s deaths, the garden risked falling into the hands of developers only to be saved by the passionate people of Victoria, including Valerie Murray who has dedicated her life to the well-being of the garden and preserving the memory of this romantic story

S02E10-The Garden of Egan
Kieran Egan creates a Zen garden in Vancouver, BC.
In the heart of suburban Vancouver is an oasis of calm, a place where one can contemplate life and enjoy time going by. This piece of Eden, which was originally a backyard playground, is now a backyard Zen garden created by Dr. Kieran Egan. Author of "Building My Zen Garden", Kieran takes us on a journey on how what he originally envisioned as a small strip with some stones eventually grew into a pond with a small stream, a waterfall and a tea-house.

S02E11-Designing Paradise
John Hardy designs jewelry amidst his organic world in Bali, Indonesia
More than a designer of jewelry, John Hardy is a storyteller who is keeping a culture and a past alive through his jewelry and home furnishings designs. An expatriate Canadian who now lives in Bali with his family, John and his wife Cynthia have transformed their small Balinese business into a global design company whose designs can now be found in the world?s finest stores. Drawing inspiration from the local artisans who work to create his musings into masterpieces and the lush tropical landscape that surrounds his extraordinary open air longhouse and verdant terraced gardens, John’s approach to his creative work and domestic lifestyle has always been organic and luxurious. His passion is a primitive minimalism.

S02E12-Touched by Luck
How one risk resulted in life-changing good fortune for a young American couple on the island of Bali.
In 2002, Ben Ripple, an organic farmer, decided to take a risk and gave $200.00 to a woman in distress in exchange for suspicious airline coupons. Luckily enough the coupons turned out to be good for travel anywhere in the world and Ben, accompanied by his future wife Blair, decided to fly to Bali for their "dream" vacation. While on the island, they were offered 8 acres of land for free, found work on a local movie set which enabled them to start their own business, and eventually became in the short period of 18 months successful owners of an organic farming operation on the island of Bali. Now their tremendous array of crops number over eighty and the fields measure over 10 acres. What was intended as a vacation quickly turned into a life transformation.

S02E13-Seed of Hope
At a 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania, New York landscape designer David Kemp creates a healing garden that has the power to transform many lives.
David Kamp was a New York landscape architect with a high profile job and a great future, who worked on rewarding projects like the Australian Parliament House. But in the 1990s he left all of this behind to start his own business dedicated to the creation of restorative gardens which he believes in passionately. David contends that nature has significant therapeutic qualities and is essential to health and well-being. Today, he is applying this attitude to all of his projects including a 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania, which is helping to restore an entire community.

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