Meeting Animals

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.


Posted by

Evelyn Hadden
on October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am, in the category Public Gardens, Unusually Clever People.

    • gail eichelberger
    • 23rd March 2015

    That was fun Evelyn!

    • admin
    • 1st May 2016

    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

    • admin
    • 10th June 2016

    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.

    • Jo Ellen Roe
    • 24th September 2016

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

    • Michelle D
    • 12th October 2016

    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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