The Springfield Garden Club is developing a new program: the Virtual Gardening Movie Club.
Participants watch a designated movie – streamed or on DVD borrowed from a library – at their convenience, then join in for a Zoom cocktail and a chat.
“Gardening is a heart healthy addiction. It creates a feeling of peace, of joy, which restores the soul of those who choose, on a regular basis, to put their fingers in the earth, ”said Vana Nespor, member of the club. “The Springfield Garden Club determined last spring that our connection and sharing of this joy and peace would not be interrupted during this difficult year or these frozen months.”
Similar to a book club, the garden club is invite members and friends to participate in the film club. The February film is “The Gardener” and the Zoom rally will take place on Sunday February 28 at 5 pm.
There is no cost to join the film club. Register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; a Zoom link to join will then be sent to the subscriber.
Mary E. Bandouveres, Garden Club Advertising President, described “The Gardener” as “a film that reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives.”
In it, gardener and planter Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English summer garden and estate that was first opened to a film crew in 2009. Nestled among the hills. from Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the largest private gardens in the world. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at his personal history and the artistic philosophy that influenced the gardens.
This will be the second of the cine-club’s three films. “Dare to be Wild” premiered in January; the March film is “Highgrove” which will be discussed on March 28th.
“Shared beauty strengthens us and connects us,” said Nespor. “We chose to share and discuss these three films because of their visual inspiration and as an exploration of how one person could bring… intention to our lives and our gardens.”
The Springfield Garden Club would not give in to COVID-19, she said. “Together, we imagined as many new ways as possible to share this joy, this peace, during this dark, cold winter.”
In the midst of the pandemic, members developed social distancing drive-through plant sales, virtual Valentine’s Day galas, small group twilight garden walks, Live Zoom auctions, virtual speakers and 100 cup bouquets individually created and delivered for nursing homes.
“By phone, email and Zoom – even personal deliveries under masks – we have become more and more adept at having fun and bringing joy to the community and our members,” said Nespor.
For more information on the film club and other Springfield Garden Club events, visit gcfm.org/springfieldgardenclub.