Ageless Gardens is a visual celebration of gardens – and gardeners – with a special emphasis on the role gardens can play in healthy aging.
The physical, mental, and social aspects of gardening can be important therapeutic factors in health and wellness. Gardening can bring us food, exercise, and keep our minds sharp as we age. Learning to adapt to changing physical, familial, and social situations is key to continuing to garden into our retirement years.
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Ageless Gardens was co-produced by Mark Bradley | David Springbett | Ian Toews – Ageless Gardens Productions Inc.
LISTEN TO AUTHOR AND GARDENING EXPERT MARJORIE HARRIS’ CHAT WITH CLASSICAL 96.3 FM’s ALEXA PETRENKO ABOUT AGELESS GARDENS
A renowned writer attributes her health and longevity to gardening. A medicine woman finds remedies for her people in ‘nature’s pharmacy.’ A sculptor who has gardened for over 70 years gains inspiration. A controversial healing plant, in cookie form, is used as a natural sleeping pill.
Hospice patients use gardening as therapy, for the aging body. An engineer practices bonsai gardening to restore his mind. A 93 year-old retired nurse uses gardening as a quiet time to remember loved ones. A therapist creates a hospital garden that gives patients a place to relax and restore
The Wild Garden
A restaurateur forages for wild mushrooms to use in his world-renowned eatery. Sisters-in-law bloggers locate wild plants for tea, and a nighttime tonic. An entrepreneur harvests seaweed for topical and edible uses. A west coast gardener rescues wild plants that create an oasis for local wildlife.
Gardens Grow Community
A group of community gardeners campaign to change city boulevard gardening laws. A radio host keeps a virtual community of gardeners together, over the airwaves. Recent immigrants and refugees seek engagement with others in their new community. Over 200 volunteers work together to maintain a vast public garden for all to enjoy.
A gardener uses raised garden beds so she can continue her hobby after hip surgery. Disabled gardeners use a variety of adaptive tools. A retiree downsizes when her husband moves to a care home. A Toronto landscape architect plans a low maintenance patio garden to suit his own aging lifestyle. A woodworker builds gardening tools for impaired gardeners.
Volunteers maintain 36 acres of gardens at the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of BC. Home gardeners exchange seeds that will grow successfully in their unique rainforest climate. An amateur beekeeper shares honey with his neighbours. A community garden grows produce for the local food bank on remediated land.
Gardening royalty and octogenarian Marjorie Harris leaves her own glorious garden for a new garden design client. Three generations of a family turn vegetable gardening into a business. An authentic Italian pizzeria uses produce from their own garden. Instructors at a horticultural college demonstrate the value of gardening as a profession.
Gardening for the Mind
Teenage students learn that gardening can teach them about life through an outdoor school garden program. A tour guide demonstrates his love of gardens by sharing his deep knowledge of plants. A joyful octogenarian explains the value of gardening as a key to a healthy mind. A summer plant sale raises funds to support the school garden.
Active in the Garden
A retired hospital administrator adapts his home garden in order to age in place. Dementia patients experience memory-triggering touches and smells in a tactile garden. A long-time professional gardener demonstrates his physical dexterity and knowledge of plants. An artist and her carpenter husband decorate birdhouses for their backyard oasis.
Gardens of the Spirit
Live classical music brings calm to a Yo-Yo Ma inspired public garden. Monks at a remote monastery wander contemplatively in nature’s forest garden. A retired magazine editor advocates for ‘grief gardening.’ Innovative tower gardens aid remote northern communities in growing their own food year-round.