Plaza Atlanta will show film about life of Ryan Gainey for one week in JuneRyan Gainey. Photo provided to Decaturish
This story has been updated.
A film about the life of world-famous Decatur gardener Ryan Gainey will soon get an extended run in Atlanta.
The Plaza Atlanta has agreed to show “The Well-Placed Weed” from June 1 through June 7 at 5 p.m. each day except Tuesday, June 5.
The theater is located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave N in Atlanta.
Filmmakers Steve Bransford and Cooper Sanchez previously had been able to schedule two screenings, one in Atlanta on May 17 and one in Athens on June 14.
The film chronicles Gainey’s life from 2010 to 2016.
Gainey was a world-famous Decatur gardener and designer, a gifted eccentric who loved Jack Russell terriers. He owned a property in Lexington, Ga. He was staying there in July 2016 when a fire broke out. Gainey rushed inside with a garden hose in an attempt to save his dogs and did not return. Gainey and his dogs died and his Lexington home was destroyed.
“Gainey has been the focus of numerous gardening television programs, but this film is the first project to examine the complexities of his life,” the filmmakers said. “As the film shows, he was a contradictory character, both off-putting and tender, self-absorbed and generous, artificial and authentic. Ryan Gainey 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.”
Gainey’s Decatur home was recently demolished. In 2016 a large tree fell on it, leaving it uninhabitable. A new home is being rebuilt in its place, but the garden will be preserved.
Here’s a trailer for the film: