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Meeting Animals

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Mom with her new friend, a resident parrot at Victoria Butterfly Gardens in British Columbia.

You may not be surprised to hear that, though I adore plants, I garden primarily for animals and the life they bring to a place. Growing up, I was taught by my mother to treat animals gently and respectfully, whether they are pets or wild creatures.

Mom and I recently journeyed to Victoria, British Columbia, to take a class on video storytelling. Here is my effort for the class. Partly a travelogue and partly a continuing response to Susan Harris’ thought-provoking ideas about using video to promote public gardens, this snippet tells the story of our meeting a charismatic Canadian bird.

For some, gardens are all about the plants. For others, they are more about artistic design of space. For me, a key reason to garden is to enable and encourage meetings between people and other animals.

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am, in the category Public Gardens, Unusually Clever People.
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5 responses to “Meeting Animals”

  1. Ah…how awesome! We are kindred spirits. Plants are wonderful, but the wildlife they invite are even more wonderful! I just finished a blog post yesterday about watching the birds in my new butterfly garden. I could sit all day and watch their frolicking in the birdbath. Thanks for sharing! ~Julie

  2. Marcia says:

    Very nice.
    Yes, video can be truly inspiring and motivational.
    Watch this short segment in a certain cottage garden from the BBC series and let me know if you didn’t find yourself smiling.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkwTsDMH8dI&list=PLYrM0Lu7UG_Lo_u9Yj4BJ5Jdlp9W8LXbZ&feature=player_detailpage#t=791

    BTW, I’m working my way through the entire series. If you haven’t seen some, check it out!

  3. Jo Ellen Roe says:

    This is a great story. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

    The motto for my blog is “Bring your backyard to life.” It’s the animals that do that.

  4. Michelle D says:

    How sweet! On our organic farm we have free ranging chickens who LOVE all things lettuce, kale, chard, strawberries, blackberries–more–so I keep one bed unprotected just for them. It’s a win-win throughout the veggie garden. They love the bugs as much as the greens and their eggs truly taste amazing.

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