Gardening Movies Bucket List

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No, these aren’t movies to improve your gardening technique. They’re fictional movies about the love of gardening for the months when you’re waiting to get back in the garden.


greenfingers gardening movie

2001 Greenfingers with Clive Owen and Helen Mirren.

Colin Briggs is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to Edgefield, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds. Once there, Colin meets Fergus Wilks, an eccentric “lifer” who gives Colin an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present. He begrudgingly plants the seeds in Edgefield’s hard, infertile soil and, much to both men’s surprise; the seeds flourish along with the two men’s friendship. Impressed by the sight of the blooming flowers, the prison Governor commissions Colin, Fergus and three other inmates to cultivate Edgefield’s first garden. When the prison garden attracts the attention of flamboyant gardening expert, Georgina Woodhouse, she offers to sponsor the inmates in their first garden show. As a result of gardening, Colin gains a renewed lease on life, a newly found love for Georgina’s daughter and a chance to compete at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show–the largest outdoor garden event in the world.

Movie is available on Amazon Prime and DVD.

This Beautiful Fantastic

This beautiful fantastic gardening movie

2017 This Beautiful Fantastic with Jessica Brown Findlay , Tom Wilkinson , Andrew Scott

A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children s book. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.

Available on Amazon Prime, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Dare to Be Wild

dare to be wild gardening movie

2018 Dare to Be Wild with Emma Greenwell and Tom Hughes 

Dare to be Wild is a romantic adventure story, inspired by real life Mary Reynolds (Emma Greenwell), a young landscape designer determined to preserve wild nature. Betrayed in the cutthroat world of Dublin celebrity society, Mary has little hope and no prospects, but has one earth-changing idea. But how does a penniless unknown dare compete in the Olympics of Gardening where Prince Charles is a rival? Defying all odds, Mary embarks on an Ethiopian odyssey to bring back the one man who can help. When the man whose mission is to make the desert bloom again meets the woman engaged in a wild competition, passion blazes along with the power to change the world.

Available on Amazon Prime and DVD.

A Little Chaos

a little chaos gardening movie

2015 A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman

Academy Award®-winner Kate Winslet stars in this romantic drama as Sabine, a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at the new palace at Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).

Available on Amazon Prime and DVD

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