The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey is a feature documentary about the life and work of the renowned Atlanta gardener. One of the most celebrated American garden designers of the last three decades, Gainey was an exceptional gardener and garden designer, brilliant horticulturist, master showman, poet, visionary, and unapologetic original. Growing up in rural South Carolina, he developed a deep love of plants influenced by his relatives and neighbors. After coming to Atlanta in the ‘70s and opening three beloved garden shops, Gainey began to design gardens around the city and eventually around the world.
Gainey has been the focus of numerous gardening television programs, but this documentary is the first project to examine the complexities of his life. As the film shows, he was a contradictory character, both off-putting and tender, self-absorbed and generous, artificial and authentic. Gainey, who passed away in July 2016, was a lover of beauty, and his home garden in Decatur, Georgia, was his masterpiece. It was, as he often said, a “garden of remembrance” where his old friends and family lived on in the overlapping blooms of heirloom plants.
Steve Bransford, a senior video producer at Emory University and a documentary filmmaker, and Cooper Sanchez, an artist and a gardener at Historic Oakland Cemetery, filmed Gainey between 2010 and 2016. With editing and post-production, The Well-Placed Weed is an eight-year journey, showing their passion for the project. The screening (running time: 78 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Movie refreshments provided.
Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 members. Reservations are required. For more information or tickets, please call 404.814.4150.