Atlanta Botanical Garden hosting special screening of Ryan Gainey filmRyan Gainey. Photo provided to Decaturish
“The Well Placed Weed,” a film about the late gardener Ryan Gainey, will be screened at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The screening starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Day Hall, a space inside the Garden at 1345 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30309.
According to the announcement, “This event is a fundraiser for the Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, which Ryan started 35 years ago. Right before the screening, the Botanical Garden staff will dedicate a permanent bench to Ryan that will be installed in a central spot in the Garden.”
To learn more and to purchase a ticket, click here. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
“The Well Placed Weed,” directed by Steve Bransford and Cooper Sanchez, 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: