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That Movie Garden Is NOT Real!

Perfect Garden This past week, I received one phone call and two emails from several different friends across the country who were drooling over a "California garden" they saw in a movie. They wanted to let me know how envious they were that we had such incredible, luscious, picture-perfect vegetable gardens out here.


Apparently, they just saw the movie, "It's Complicated" and they fell in love the kitchen garden of Meryl Streep's character. It is an incredible vegetable garden that is supposed be in sunny California. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I did see photos of the garden in question.

Now folks, I live in Los Angeles and yes, we can garden all year round. And yes, we can have lovely gardens here.

We are lucky…but not lucky enough to have a garden like the one in the movie! That garden is a Hollywood set!

The picture perfect plants? They were greenhouse grown and set in the ground hours before shooting. The lovely tomatoes? Wired on!

It is just like how the picture-perfect, photo-shopped models on the magazine covers make us all feel inadequate and fat — Movie gardens like the one in "It's Complicated" made gardeners around the world wonder why THEIR garden never looks that good. Fear not people….it is an illusion! Don't feel inadequate! Know that the movie garden is beautiful and even inspiring…but a garden that perfect it is only attainable if you have a slew of set designers working in your backyard…or a whole lot of time on your hands.

Don't believe me? Read this account in the LA Times.

Please know that our California gardens do get bugs, disease, brown leaves and even frost (although rarely). Just like you, there are times when our gardens look incredible and times when they look, well…REAL. Bug bites and all.

I hope that makes everyone feel better.

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.