This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call 'the gentle gardener' who carried the same name as me.
The Gentle Gardener died in 1885 aged 58 years.
In this film I revisit some of the gardens he tended.
He began at Newton, Insch in Aberdeenshire where he tended the 'Secret Garden' (this garden survives today). My film begins looking into the ruined Newton mausoleum (once a temple).
He then moved to Edinburgh and had further training in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
After this he was a gardener at castle Semple, Lochwinnoch. The walled garden survives but now encloses sheep, scaffolding and ruined buildings (in this film you will see me outside the Castle Semple walled garden in the poring rain).
The Gentle Gardener then went to Altyre Estate, near Forres where he was the estate gardener for almost a decade.
The Gentle Gardener died in Forres in 1885 [where 'Memory Lane' is on the gate]
(1) "Since Yesterday a cover by Karine Polwart (Scottish Songbook)
(2) "Since Yesterday" a cover by pbathan27: youtube.com/watch?v=tzVSPd9LD5Q
From Archive on 4, Radio 4: Beckett's last tapes, 10th August 2019 (this includes recordings of Samuel Beckett and short sections of 'Waiting for Godo'
(1) 'Gregory's Girl' by Bill Forsyth
(2) The beautiful Chinese anemones and alliums were filmed at Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan